Tuesday, November 25, 2008, AM | 1 Comment
As I have stated in my previous posts, I came to the States in the seventies. I was born and raised in a very cost-conscious family, not only family but the small-town cost-conscious society as a whole. We had to be. We did not have the abundance of anything that Americans have enjoyed so wholeheartedly over the years.
But for whatever reason, I have always bought the store brand groceries and not the name-brand. We have always shopped in Wal-Mart stores for the regular merchandise such as clothes, shoes, socks, etc. However, even though Wal-Mart Super store is close to us, we never bought groceries there. Compared to our local store, their prices are a little higher.
Here is the ABC news article on Nov. 24, 2008, Grocery Shopping for the Cost-Conscious by ELY BROWN and CHRIS BURY.
The article states “Welcome to Aldi, the German-owned, low-cost, no-frills, do-it-yourself grocery chain that takes great pride in saving a buck. It’s a formula that this deep-discount grocer is taking to the bank in the United States as the economy tanks.”
I don’t know how their prices would compare to our local store. We will see. But sometimes, the comparison is done by people who have never shopped at discount stores.
I give you an example. I had a Toyota Corolla and I drove that car for more than 15 years before it gave in. It just stopped one day. It refused to budge. It had over 230,000 miles on it. It kept telling me so, but I never listened. I said: “You are gonna take me from point A to point B.” It would say I would even take you to point C. But don’t you see I am old. Well, it didn’t say it in exactly those words.
So I was in the market for a car. I had a friend, a rich friend, a very rich friend. He was driving a Porsche. He always talked about cars. That was, I suppose, what you would call his passion. I, naturally, thought he knew about cars more than anyone I knew. So I asked him if he could go along and we could look at some cars.
The first dealership we went to, you guessed it, was an Audi-Porsche dealer in Nashua, NH. He had bought his car from them. I did not step out the car. I said “let’s go some place else, another dealer.” We went and stopped at a BMW dealership.
To make the story short, I asked him to stop by a Toyota dealership. You know what he said “Are you gonna buy a $15,000 car? Why don’t you move in a mechanic shop because that’s where your car is gonna be at.”
In a Nutshell
My point is, it depends who is doing the comparison. But let’s hope it really is a discount store and if it is, I would like it open a store in our town, Nashua, NH.