I confess I usually pay little attention to prices in supermarkets, or better to say I pay attention to the price of what I’m buying but don’t do much comparing of that with other similar products. I do have this romantic notion that if I’m buying a larger quantity pack then it will be cheaper, with the exception of things that are priced by weight in the first place
Yesterday was for some reason an exception and Mars bars caught my eye.
Three ways to buy Mars bars – singly, in a pack of 4 or in a pack called 5+1. When the +1 tag is used I’m thinking that they are giving me one for free when I buy five, not that they are just being creative with the number six.
By way of helping Zosia with maths I asked her to work out which option was the cheapest way to buy Mars bars and the answer was surprising. To buy one individual Mars bar costs 1.21 but when you buy a pack of four you are paying 1.24 each, so a penalty for buying more of of them. When it comes to 5+1 we were using the price tag in front of the 5+1 Mars bars, which says 6.59. That would mean 1.32 each if you were paying for 5 and getting one free or 1.10 if you were expecting to pay for 6. In my mind the inference is clearly “one for free” in which case the cost per bar in this pack is even higher than for four. However, closer inspection of the photo shows the price tag is actually for “Baunty” (their spelling) and so cannot be relied upon. I cannot find the receipt to check what I paid.
Caveat emptor….a falsis principiis proficisci…and other such Latin. Watch out, things are not what they seem in the supermarket and I for one will be paying closer attention from now on.