Sunday, May 17, 2009

It was Silent Sunday until

my senses were assaulted by this "Warehouse Club Price Comparison" that used the grab on Yahoo's main page of: "See which warehouse club charges the least for 17 household staples." The photo showed a checkout line filled with Special K and other cereals, so I wanted to see what this article thought were staples. So, the article on Yahoo! Finance by Kelli B. Grant, provided by Smart says that people save an average of 30% per item at warehouse clubs over grocery stores.

To its credit, the article states that " went shopping for household staples and other items shoppers might regularly purchase" when making these comparisons. But people who don't bother to read the article, and who just skim the table at the bottom, will be left thinking that the items on the graph are supposed to be staples. I find that just irresponsible, because there are some who really DON'T know what "staples" are, and who DO consider certain things to be staples when they really aren't. And then there are those who just think it is an office supply store, and were totally lost in this whole scenario.

The (abridged) definition of staple from as pertains to food is:
1. a principal raw material or commodity grown or manufactured in a locality
2. a principal commodity in a mercantile field, goods in steady demand or of known or recognized quality.
3. a basic or necessary item of food. (sugar, flour, salt...)
4. the fiber, wool, cotton, flax, rayon, etc., considered with reference to lenght and fineness. (textiles)

Here is the list given on Yahoo. You decide.
  1. Skim milk, one gallon
  2. Eggs, 1.5 dozen
  3. Strawberries, 2 lbs.
  4. Bell peppers, 6 ct.
  5. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, 10 lbs. (so far, so good)
  6. Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter, two 40 oz. jars
  7. Claritin allergy medication (90 OTC)
  8. Lipitor 10 mg cholesterol pills (90 ct. presc.)
  9. Charmin Ultra Soft toilet paper, 36 rolls
  10. Tide Original liquid detergent, 170 oz.
  11. Secret Invisible Solid deoderant (4 pk.)
  12. Huggies, step 4 diapers, 176 ct.
  13. Poland Spring water, 35 bottles
  14. Pepsi, 36 cans
  15. Folgers Classic Roast ground coffee
  16. Grey Goose vodka, 1.75l (REALLY??)
  17. Purina Dog Chow, 50 lbs.
I think it is a sad day indeed when Claritin, Lipitor, individual bottled water, Pepsi, and Grey Goose vodka are considered staples (by fitting into definition #2 above: goods in steady demand or of known or recognized quality). Also, Huggies. Disposable diapers are a luxury. One that fills up the landfills with moisure absorbent chemicals and plastic. CLOTH diapers (textiles) are a staple. Comment here, or let's have a discussion on Blog Frog.

What do you think? Am I crazy, or do you also find this disturbing?



Yanic said...


How depressing.

I soooo must agree with you on every count. The worlds priorities are definitely in need of direction.

We are HamakerLove! said...

There is a growing coupon type club you can join in my area where the members get REALLY excited about all the money they are saving each week. Spending mere pennies for what they would normally spend a hundred+ for. Sounds wonderful right? Well, some of my friends who are really into this posted some pix of the amazing amounts of food they bought for pennies. It was all stuff my family hardly eats! Mostly boxed foods, lucky charms, brownie mixes, processed foods galore! For a family who tries to eat a whole foods diet the whole scheme seems ridiculous! Good to have a few of these things on hand for emergencies maybe, but things that we would need like brown rice in bulk, wheat berries, produce, etc. were not to be found. America needs to reassess what constitutes as FOOD.

Sinclair said...

@HamakerLove: I agree! I believe it is BECAUSE of all of those foods that Lipitor is on the shopping list of so many people.

Splendid Little Stars said...

Oh my!

Deb G said...

Not a whole lot on that list that I consider a staple. Eggs, milk and dog food (but not Purina). It is pretty scary....