Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality

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2013/11/27 10:46:53 (permalink)

Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality

Explanation of title first: I have noted that because some kinds of food is going up at a much faster rate than others, sometimes, paradoxically, the "cheap substitutes" end up costing more than higher quality (and formerly more expensive) versions. This is especially useful with items with a longer shelf/freezer/refrigerator life when you can take advantage of sales. I'll mention a couple of products to get the ball rolling:
 
Cheese slices: OK, I formerly would frequently buy "pasteurized processed cheese food" (aka cheese with skim milk solids added) in pre-wrapped slices as a condiment. Anything less than $4 a pound was fine by me. Now, you can only buy "pasteurized processed cheese product" in pre-wrapped slices (although Kraft was selling p. p. American Cheese pre-wrapped for a while, although it was $5-6 a pound). These days, on sale, I can buy blocks of cheese or shredded cheese (generally cheddar or mixes), frequently at $4, and often enough down to $2-3 a pound. The shredded, in particular is very easy to use on sandwiches.
 
Hot dogs: Even the off-brand crap is almost always $4-$5 a pound. On the other hand, the Johnsonville and Hillshire farm "sausages" are often on sale at $2.50-$3 a pound (well, a bit more now that they've moved from 16 ounce to 14 ounce pacakges). These freeze very well; I wrap each one in a small piece of waxed paper.
 
Anybody else finding low quality stuff is passing higher quality equivalents in price, and switching over to the less expensive, higher quality?
 
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    Treetop Tom
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/27 11:33:37 (permalink)
    Haven't noticed the hot dog trend here.  Not sure what you would consider "off-brand" but the dreadful Bar(f) S dogs are $1.39 for a 1 lb. pack at our local Wegman's, and good ol' Oscar Mayer are $2.99.  It's not until you get to the Zweigle's, Sahlen's and Hoffmann's dogs that you get over $4 a pound here.  Johnsonville & Hillshire Farms sausages are $3.49 and $3.59, respectively, although, as you mention, they are often loss-leader priced, but (to make a fair comparison) so are OM, Hebrew National and Ballpark Franks.
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/28 14:11:34 (permalink)
    In my area, Bar-S, etc. are usually about $3-4 a pound. The mid and upper level of the national brands (Oscar Meyer, Ballpark, Hebrew Nat) are usually about $5 a pound, on loss leader sale maybe about once every three months. The Hillshire Farms and Johnsonville are $4 a pound, but down to $2.50-3 a pound about one week out of three.
     
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/28 16:11:19 (permalink)
    I noticed the hot dog-smoked sausage price difference last month. Hot dogs were $5 and up in NC, sausage $3. It seemed really odd to me, but an easy shopping decision.
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    MetroplexJim
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/28 16:16:30 (permalink)
    Inflation? 
    What inflation? 
    Our government tells me that it is only 1%.
    I'm trying to figure out what I'll buy with my $2,500 in reduced health care costs. 
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/28 20:25:35 (permalink)
    don't forget the economy is booming according to the government.and not to many prices are rising.
     
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    Re:Uneven Inflation -> Higher Quality 2013/11/29 16:14:22 (permalink)
    If we are all going to be getting a larger slice, but from a smaller pie, I'd like to be in the front of the line please" />" />
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