I concede that this is slightly off topic, but I hoped it might interest you. I know it would interest me if I were to stumble across these ideas in my wanderings.
Before you start looking down your nose at this dichotomy, hear me out. More accurately, read on.
I love lobster bisque. Costco sells it and I recently run out. At Costco this morning, I asked at the desk for it, as I was unable to locate it on a shelf. The attendant told me that there was none and it was not coming back for a while as it was ‘a seasonal item.’ News to me. I like it year ’round, but, never mind.
I went home and checked out the web for a suitable substitute. I used to automatically go to Amazon and order from there, but I have found that sometimes when my item arrives, it is NOT from Amazon, but Walmart. Seems that some enterprising folks place ads on Amazon at marked up prices, then fulfill subsequent orders from Walmart. They pocket the difference.
So, when I found a suitable Lobster Bisque today on Amazon , I immediately went to the Walmart.com site to comparison shop.
What I found are below:
Guess which one I ordered.
I just wanted to pass that along to you because in a matter of a few seconds you can save yourself money. Ordering from Walmart is just as fluid as Amazon and delivery equally quick.
I would love to hear from you if you have any kind of similar shopping experiences.
As they used to say on Monty Python, “And now for something new and completely different.” Really. In the nearly 4000 posts I have written for the blog I don’t remember ever giving a shopping tip before. I think this one is fascinating.
This is the product, a taste treat from my youth.
As regular readers know, I am an old man and because of that I often shop online. Amazon is has been one of my favorite shopping sites.
Here is the story. I love the macaroni and bean dish pictured above. On the west side of Chicago growing up we called it pasta fazool. Because of the ease of ordering, instead of walking or driving to the super market to buy some, I simply dialed up the Amazon site on my desktop and ordered six cans. Continue reading →
Walmart announced that it will be taking a further step to offer healthy food at affordable prices to consumers when it announced that it will carry Wild Oats organic food items. They plan to offer a wide variety of categories “from salsa and pasta sauce to quinoa and chicken broth. Customers will save 25 percent or more when comparing Wild Oats to national brand organic products.”
Wild Oats, a proven provider of organic groceries, will feature the following lines at Walmart:
• Wild Oats Marketplace Organic™, which adheres to USDA guidelines for organic certification and includes everything from canned vegetables (15 oz) at $.88 to a full range of spices such as paprika, curry powder and ground cinnamon (2 oz) starting at $2.48. Organic items represent nearly 90 percent of the Wild Oats offering.
• Wild Oats Marketplace™, which includes products with simple and real ingredients such as ready-to-prepare skillet meals (5.8 oz) at $1.50.
• Wild Oats Marketplace Originals™, offering new and uniquely formulated items, will be available later this year.
“We know our customers are interested in purchasing organic products and, traditionally, those customers have had to pay more,” said Jack Sinclair, executive vice president of grocery at Walmart U.S. “We are changing that and creating a new price position for organic groceries that increases access. This is part of our ongoing effort to use our scale to deliver quality, affordable groceries to our customers.”
The ongoing project extends Walmart’s actions begun in 2011 when it unveiled a comprehensive effort to provide customers with healthier and more affordable choices. It’s five part plan included: 1. Reformulating thousands of everyday packaged food items by 2015 by reducing sodium 25 percent and added sugars 10 percent, and by removing all remaining industrially produced trans fats. 2. Making healthier choices more affordable, saving customers approximately $1 billion per year on fresh fruits and vegetables through a variety of sourcing, pricing, and transportation and logistics initiatives that will drive unnecessary costs out of the supply chain. You can read about the entire program here.
If anyone can possibly make a difference in the nation’s consumption habits, I would think Walmart would be a good starting point. As the nation’s largest food grocer it certainly has the market position. I hope the Walmart customers take advantage of the opportunity to buy pesticide-free and herbicide-free foods going forward.