I’ve commented before about the fact that grocery stores operate on tricks and frauds, and that they should all be closed down for making profits at the expense of people. The blog Pay Less for Food also examines a lot of grocery-store-related issues. Here are a few entries they wrote on the subject:
How Your Local Friendly Supermarket Profits From Your Inconvenience
Supermarket Speed Bumps That Get You to Spend More
How Food Packaging Illusions Cost You Money
Psychological Supermarket Tricks That Make Us Spend
Nine Simple Ways to Avoid Supermarket Impulse Purchases
If your grocery store was truly concerned with making things more convenient for you they would place the basic staple items you need closer to the entrance.
This convenience would allow us to quickly grab what we needed and go. But how many times have you gone into the store for a quick trip to buy some butter or bag of sugar and come out with a cart full of groceries?
Supermarkets purposefully place the essential staples not at the front of the store, but far in the back. As a result, we pass through row upon row of edible temptations. In fact, nearly 40% to 50% of all of our purchases inside the store are impulse purchases!
If your supermarket made it convenient for you by placing all of the staples at the front of the store, they would lose all the profit they collect as you make your way to the back to purchase your essential items.