Consumerism, Toxic Custard newsletter

Apples: $5.98, or $6.48?

Over the weekend at the supermarket: I was suspicious of this (which is why I took the photo). Would these Pink Lady apples be $5.98, or $6.48 per kilogram? (The Granny Smiths to the left were a different price again.) Come the checkout, sure enough... the higher price. Was I ripped-off? If I had the time and energy, I'd have asked. Perhaps I'll ask next time if the contradictory

Consumerism, Food'n'drink

Supermarket fruit+veg bags – all the way from the USA #FoodMiles

Anybody who likes to minimise their food miles might like to note this... increasing numbers of Woolworths supermarkets are using bags for fruit and vegetables that are made in the USA. That's not to say other supermarket bags aren't also imported from a long way away. As far as I've noticed, the Woolworths ones are the only ones that say so. It's a similar story when buying cling wrap -

Consumerism

All the self-serve checkouts are down, down

It was like a trip back in time to... last year. All the self-serve checkouts in Woolies were down tonight. A long queue at the express checkouts... surprisingly not at the other checkouts (all credit to management, they did have five non-express checkouts open at one time -- rarely seen nowadays). Perhaps the earthquake is to blame. Perhaps not.

News and events

Australia Day thoughts

Happy Australia Day. Some thoughts: 1. Spotted this morning, some glorious Australia Day supermarket multiculturalism: 2. I was a Flag Monitor in grade 6. Along with my mate Mark, we put the flag up on the school flag pole. Apart from a minor hitch on the first day when it went up upside down for a short time, there were no issues, though I'd imagine doing the same job for the Elizabeth

Bentleigh, Consumerism

Coin deposit reduces dumped shopping trolleys – why don’t they all do it?

Since Woolworths introduced gold coin deposits for trolleys at Bentleigh, you almost never see their trolleys abandoned in the streets. The same can't be said for Coles Bentleigh, who appear to have some trolleys requiring a coin, and some not -- I don't understand the logic of this. On a walk last night, we passed three (non-deposit) Coles trolleys in quick succession on a single block of Jasper

Consumerism

Supermarket trolley deposit

Last week Safeway Woolworths replaced all their trolleys as part of the makeover. And they all require a deposit -- a $1 or $2 coin. Excellent. 'Cos while I don't usually use a trolley, when I do, I'm sick of them having wonky wheels because people have pushed them for miles and dumped them in the street, where they get damaged. I'm sick of finding them in the park, and in my street,

Consumerism

Trolleys

Some supermarkets require a deposit (usually a $1 or $2 coin) to get a trolley. Some don't. Personally I wouldn't object if deposits were required universally, given the number of (almost always non-deposit) trolleys that get wheeled away, and end up in stupid places. Hopefully it'd mean less trolleys get a wheel broken and are thus rendered unsteerable in what should be their natural habita

Consumerism

The moral quandary of the self-serve checkouts

At the local Safeway, the renovation (and eventual transition to "Woolworths") is underway, and the self-service checkouts are now operating. There's five of them, compared to three express checkouts, and eight "normal" checkouts. From memory there used to be more normal checkouts, though as at most supermarkets, I don't ever recall all of them being in use at once. I suppose there's somethi

Consumerism

Cling wrap

Speaking of shopping for cheap alternatives, but preferring locally-made goods: initially I avoided buying the Aldi cling wrap because it was made in China. Then I noticed all the brands of cling wrap are now made in China, including OSO and Multix, and the one that's in common use as the generic term, Glad Wrap. At some stage in the few years, production of my favourite shampoo also moved o