Wal-Mart Unit Pricing Amusement

OK, let’s see how well you do on this round…

In the Mysteriously Missing Label category, we find three similar products with only one shelf label. Which one is the better deal?

Caffeine unit pricing
Caffeine unit pricing

You might think it’d be the Wal-Mart Equate house brand. In order to find out, you’d have to haul all three offerings down the aisle and around the corner to the price scanner, which would reveal it’s the one on the far left, by a considerable margin. Oddly, that one says “Double Strength” even though it has the same 200 mg dose as the others.

In the Bizarre Units category, we have two very similar products with completely different unit-price units of measure. Seeing as how a “fluid ounce” is a unit of volume and a “pound” is a unit of weight (or, for the pedantic, force), even the dimensions aren’t compatible. Clicky for bigger pictures.

Vanilla unit pricing - 2 oz
Vanilla unit pricing - 2 oz

And, just to show that wasn’t a one-off mistake that could happen to anyone, the smaller size containers continue the theme.

Vanilla unit pricing - 1 oz
Vanilla unit pricing - 1 oz

Given that nothing in a Wal-Mart store happens by accident, someone was directed to remove two of those three labels and another someone deliberately chose incompatible units.

Of course, anyone I’ve ever asked has no idea why that would happen…

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