Shopping today, I just had to shake my head at what an odd place America is. Our supermarket, in the dairy area, now sports a “Sandwich Area.” In which you can buy a package of approximately five lettuce leaves, which have been separated from the head, washed and patted dry, and sealed in an appealing celpack. The price for the five leaves of lettuce: $ 2.99.
Next to it is a tomato, sliced up, with the stem end removed, and packed in a cute spherical plastic case – $ 1.99. Holy smokes – are people actually buying that? When did we become so busy that we can’t slice a tomato?? Or pull a leaf of lettuce off the head to make a sandwich??
Another pricing anomaly in the drug area – Benadryl (generically known as diphenhydramine hydrochloride (which shall for the rest of this post be referred to as DH, since I have no intention of repeatedly typing diphenhydram…whatever.) Which is an anti-allergy medication that also makes you sleepy. In the anti-allergy section, you can buy 24 tablets of DH for $ 4.99 regular price. In the sleep aid section, you can buy 24 tablets of DH (same exact manufacturer, number of pills, dosage, down to the color of the pills, except that instead of “anti-allergy” they are labeled “sleep aid”) for $ 2.39 regular price.
Is there a reason, I wonder, why the store or manufacturer or whoever prices these things hates allergy sufferers?