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(Star Tribune)   Ever wonder why one kind of ice cream in your grocer's freezer is at eye level while another is stocked knee high?   ( divider line
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2003-03-07 10:02:51 AM  
2003-03-07 10:05:06 AM  
So grocery stores are accepting payola now too...
2003-03-07 10:13:09 AM  
I'm tired of having so many choices. Sometimes I wish we lived in a world where everything was available in just one brand. Imagine for a moment how small grocery stores would be, if there was only one kind of each item.

/can't decide over the Heinz or the Hunts
2003-03-07 10:24:06 AM  
There is a
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tag, you know. It's under "Minneapolis Star Tribune."
2003-03-07 10:24:42 AM  

/lactose intolerant
2003-03-07 10:25:15 AM  
I would rather pay the damn fee..... I don't want the cheap ass generic brand on top if i came to buy the popular expensive brand.... Does the product that sells the worst get to be at eyelevel. Shut up you morons why would you write an article about this. Go to hell and let them keep taking the fee. You are a terrorist because you hate the economy. and Ann Coulter would probably shoot you. speaking of which i should look up this guys email.
2003-03-07 10:25:18 AM  
Sven-Burger: A fan of the aisle dedicated to toilet paper & other paper products? ;)
2003-03-07 10:25:58 AM  

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Catsup....Ketchup....Im in way over my head.
2003-03-07 10:26:06 AM  
Long-This is nothing new. My mother used to work for evil-to-the-bone Fleming and I remember her telling me about this at least 20 years ago.
2003-03-07 10:26:14 AM  
2003-03-07 10:26:24 AM  
Man the bread section always smells so good. And the coffee area. Mmmm
2003-03-07 10:27:29 AM  
Gee that was so interesting.

/lying. Didn't read article.
2003-03-07 10:28:12 AM  
Ever wonder why retail stores rearrange everything on their shelves at least once a year?

I thought not.

Nothing to see here people. Move along, move along.
2003-03-07 10:28:28 AM Always thought this was obvious many decades ago...

Besides, our supermarkets have the ice cream spread out horizontally with no brand having priority over another. Hooray for ice cream equality.

French Vanilla surrenders.
2003-03-07 10:28:38 AM  
who cares?
2003-03-07 10:29:34 AM  
You know what that looks like Margaret? That looks like your grandfather eating ice cream...

[/Wedding Album]
2003-03-07 10:30:09 AM  
NO. SHIAT. Ever wonder why roads are paved? Ever wonder why dogs can't write in cursive? Shaping up to be a painfully boring news day on Fark.
2003-03-07 10:30:23 AM  
Boardmeeting somewhere:

We exceeded our sales projection by 200% for a total of 600 million dollors! Our advertising costs was close to 700 million this year. Bonuses for everyone!!!!!
2003-03-07 10:30:23 AM  
Why don't they care about the ever growing midget/elf/gnome market?

FNG [TotalFark]
2003-03-07 10:31:05 AM  
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2003-03-07 10:31:10 AM  
So I can feel the cool ice cream scent on my crotch. Score one for the lowest common denominator comment.
2003-03-07 10:31:58 AM  
No I never wondered why, do-dah do-dah.

That is all.
2003-03-07 10:32:20 AM  
Thomson spent $300,000 to get its Thomson Berry Farms line of fruit preserves, flavored vinegars and fruit-based syrups in 1,500 stores. Getting into additional stores will require paying more fees, Kozlak said.

"It's a terrible problem because consumers are ultimately paying for these fees," said John Ausura...

Not if we don't buy their crap, we don't! That shiat doesn't even sound appealing--flavored vinegars and fruit based syrup? I'll stick with plain old Aunt Jemima on my daily ramen noodle dinner, thank you very much.
2003-03-07 10:32:26 AM  
2003-03-07 10:32:39 AM  
I don't even need to look at the article.

No, I never wondered why some stuff is at eye-level. I think my teacher explained this in sixth grade.

Lame post.
2003-03-07 10:32:53 AM  
This practice certainly hurts the little guy. And may even hurt the grocers, too. Maybe when 80% of all groceries are sold by Wal-Mart, they'll wake up and realize it's the consumer that should decide what items get shelf space, and what goes extinct.
2003-03-07 10:33:09 AM  
you know, that "interesting" tag was somewhat strained there i feel.
2003-03-07 10:33:13 AM  
Fleming....bunch of farking asshole thieving bastards who can't deliver worth shiat.
2003-03-07 10:33:16 AM  
Hmmm, interesting. This knowledge has changed my life. Watching paint dry no longer seems relevant.
2003-03-07 10:35:16 AM  
I wouldn't be surprised if this wasn't used throughout ALL retail stores, not just food items. I know for a fact the computer game industry pay's through the nose for it's products position in an isle.
2003-03-07 10:36:40 AM  
Why do we drive in a parkway and park in a driveway?
2003-03-07 10:37:23 AM  
I only buy products at eye-level. One time I purchased a bottle of ketchup from the bottom shelf and regretted it for the rest of my life

/Only semi-humorous Zippy comic
2003-03-07 10:37:43 AM  
Funny how no one seems to mind that they are getting charged twice. Once to place the product where it's convenient to see, and again when you buy their overpriced shiat. Overpriced due to the fact that they paid so you could see it. Pisses me off. That's why I shop deliberately as opposed to impulsively. It's crap. These people should be shot.
2003-03-07 10:38:13 AM  

Why do we have a hot water heater? If the water is already hot why does it need to be heated?
2003-03-07 10:38:23 AM  
I wonder if the "small asian men" have this?

Are the more popular items put on lower shelves?

Perhaps all the vitamins were up on the high shelves, and that's why Yao is in the NBA.
2003-03-07 10:38:23 AM  
LongDuckDong nailed it; this is payola
2003-03-07 10:38:51 AM  
wow someone actually cares?
2003-03-07 10:39:08 AM  
And they put overpriced trinkets next to the cash registers for sucker buys. This ain't rocket science folks.

Is it me or is fark becoming dumbed down?
2003-03-07 10:39:19 AM  
It's different depending on the actual food, but really -- Coke tastes better than RC. Breyer's Ice Cream tastes better than generic. These "fees" are nothing new, and they really shouldn't be all that shocking.

Interesting (well, maybe not) footnote: Ever wonder why (well, most of the time), you always see soda with the names sticking out -- the stockman is required to stock them that way (well, it used to be that way anyway, back in the stone age when they sold soda in cans). So the guy had to stock the shelves and turn the individual cans of soda so that COCA COLA was always being broadcast to the consumer.
2003-03-07 10:39:51 AM  
What's next? Sony paying Best Buy to display the playstation 2 more prominently than XBOX or Gamecube? Oh da hawaaah, da hawaaah.

Consume lemmings! Pledge your allegiance to the $.
2003-03-07 10:39:53 AM  
The consumers end up paying higher prices for the slotting fee. It is, and always has been a version of legal extortion to sell product.

Wal-Mart makes just as much in Back-End Credits as they do in Gross Profit.

If you think this is boring, please buy our overpriced products.
2003-03-07 10:40:30 AM  
FARKING Capitalism! One day people like me will overthrow this corrupt capitalist system that "The Man" has created to keep us down. The proliteriate will uprise in a bloody revolution and take out the greedy powers that be and.....

<----- dragged off by John Ashcroft and beaten

/hippie revolution rant
2003-03-07 10:40:37 AM  
Does anyone know if Breyers is a knock off of Dreyers or is it the other way around? I must know.
2003-03-07 10:41:07 AM  
Why is it that you drive on a highway and get high in your driveway? (That's my own personal one, but you may use it for free if appropriate)
2003-03-07 10:41:16 AM  
Okay, so let me see if I've got this straight. People...use convince corporations and businesses to do their bidding.

Is that it? Wow, what a freaking informative article. Like we didn't know that money talks.
2003-03-07 10:41:25 AM  
Why is the world abbreviation so long?
Why isn't "phonetic" pronounced the way it's spelled?
Why was I made to feel pain?

2003-03-07 10:42:09 AM  
First off, it's not spelled "knee high," it's "Nehi" and it's not ice cream, it's soda.

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2003-03-07 10:42:14 AM  
A guy I know owns a grocery store in a town populated by apx. 2000 people. He gets a all expense 2 week vacation every year for him and his family. I know they've been to Hawaii and some where in the Virgin Islands. According to my dad its paid for by his suppliers. I can only imagine what the big corporations get.
2003-03-07 10:42:31 AM  
Whats funny is to see parents in the store with their young ones at the check out and they got all this crap way down low on the shelves so the little bastards can get to it and the parents have their hands full while checking out and saying "no! No!..Put that back..You can't have that!"
2003-03-07 10:42:33 AM  
Location, location, location.
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