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March 19th, 2006
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The economics of bulk buying

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Date:March 19th, 2006 06:14 pm (UTC)
It's always confused me that loose fruit, when I can pick out the tasty looking apples and buy exactly the number I need, costs significantly less per pound than bagged fruit.
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Date:March 20th, 2006 11:21 am (UTC)
But that is often very sensible, for the packaging is less. Also, they probably waste less, because if a packaged pack gets broken nobody buys any of the contents.

This is also the case with mushrooms. Why do people buy those stupid plastic packs of mushrooms with millimetres of rigid plastic packaging, when you can get a paper bag of mushrooms? It is cheaper, which is right and correct, and considerably less wasteful.

This has no bearing on the orange juice debate, which is merely a bit strange.
From:Dave Holland [org.uk]
Date:March 20th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
The plastic packs are (somewhat) more resistant to being squished on the way home.
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Date:March 20th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
I understand the supply-side economics, but I'm baffled by the demand-side.
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