I live in Western NC and East Coast Florida. In NC, at least around where I am, if an item is on a BOGO, you can take just one and get it for half price. But in FL, at least where I am, to get the deal you have to take two, so they literally mean it when they say buy one then get one free. OTOH, in FL if it’s marked as 2 for X, you get the half price deal if you buy just one. What’s with that? Back to NC, lately they’ve started with buy 2 get one free pricing, but then you do indeed need to take all three of them to get the deal – you won’t get 1/3 off if you buy just one or two.
Why these crazy pricing rules? Just to confuse the unwary?
Then there is the pricing of identical items but in different size containers where the unit price in the smaller container is lower than in the larger container, e.g. a 16 oz. container is $1.99 while a 32 oz. container of the same identical item one shelf down is $4.69 or something like that. This is quite common in certain items like catsup and canned tuna, but you really never know. And it happens with so-called regular pricing, not just sale pricing when the smaller item is on sale.
Then there’s items that are on sale frequently, even alternating with competitors like local agreements or practices among soft drink bottlers where Coke in on sale one week then Pepsi the next, all year round. Does anybody buy this stuff when it’s not “on-sale?” Why? Is this just another trap for the unwary and/or folks who really don’t care how much they spend for things?
I think of “sale” prices for many of these things as the real price, and the non-sale price as the super price for the unwary, where the companies make most of their actual profits.
What pricing anomalies like these have you observed?