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(Sun News Network)   Overpriced: $42 for case of 24. FARK: Of water. Uber FARK: During a flooding crisis   (sunnewsnetwork.ca) divider line 105
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2013-06-23 12:35:44 PM  
They could have got this by accident

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2013-06-23 01:12:24 PM  
Double that and you're talking ballpark and airport pricing
 
2013-06-23 01:16:04 PM  
Looks like the customer scanned it wrong at the self check out? It rang up the individual bottle price 24 times.
 
2013-06-23 01:22:59 PM  
Capitalism. Learn it. Love it.
 
2013-06-23 01:38:57 PM  
img.fark.net
Since we're talking about water, might as well mention this stuff. I'm a big water drinker and have never really been into flavored varieties, but this stuff is delicious.
 
2013-06-23 01:44:38 PM  

violentsalvation: Looks like the customer scanned it wrong at the self check out? It rang up the individual bottle price 24 times.


Probably scanned 24 individual bottles from the cooler where $1.75 would be normal.
 
2013-06-23 03:02:58 PM  

omnibus_necanda_sunt: Capitalism. Learn it. Love it.


After the Northridge earthquake, some stores in my area jacked up the price of a gallon of water from 49 cents to $5. As a result, many CA cities passed ordinances preventing post-disaster price gouging.
 
2013-06-23 03:04:29 PM  

zamboni: violentsalvation: Looks like the customer scanned it wrong at the self check out? It rang up the individual bottle price 24 times.

Probably scanned 24 individual bottles from the cooler where $1.75 would be normal.


Or, the scanner caught a bottle barcode as opposed to the case barcode... wait no, then it would only be one charge... oh nevermind
 
2013-06-23 03:05:50 PM  
Not news: Idiot buys 24 singles, wonders why it costs more than a case.
 
2013-06-23 03:05:54 PM  
What sort of idiot buys water during a flood? It's all over the place!

/I know...
 
2013-06-23 03:07:17 PM  
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The sad part is that I'm wondering how is that overpriced when these are my sale prices.
 
2013-06-23 03:07:43 PM  
Hope my fellow Calgary farkers are ok! Like a rat fleeing I drove to Saskatoon yesterday Because surely water won't go downstream right?

/Just kidding, thanks to Lake Diefenbaker (aka Diefenbuffer)
 
2013-06-23 03:08:13 PM  
MIght as well have used the "Obvious" tag, these scumbags pop up after every disaster.
 
2013-06-23 03:08:28 PM  

WhippingBoy: What sort of idiot buys water during a flood? It's all over the place!

/I know...


Now if it was Aquafina, I'd rather drink flood water. Aquafina is nasty.
 
2013-06-23 03:09:09 PM  
Damn socialists.
 
kab
2013-06-23 03:09:25 PM  
Welcome to capitalism.
 
2013-06-23 03:09:41 PM  
Seeing it rang up as 2­4[nospam-﹫-backwards]1*7­5, it looks more like an error than real price gouging. If I buy a case of beer, soda, water, whatever it will usually ring up Kona 12pk or MtDew 24pk, not Kona 12[nospam-﹫-backwards]1*25 or whatever.

I was looking forward to a thread where people would come in and defend price gouging during a crisis. which seems to happen on Fark.
 
2013-06-23 03:11:22 PM  

Kanemano: [fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net image 607x720]

The sad part is that I'm wondering how is that overpriced when these are my sale prices.


Are you buying milk at the ABC store or something?
 
2013-06-23 03:12:06 PM  
Supply and demand. Shortages, efficient allocation of resources, and hoarding. Economics 101 stuff. Learn it.

Nah, it's easier just to shout "PRICE GOUGING!" than it is to learn that there is no such thing as price gouging.
 
2013-06-23 03:12:36 PM  
This has happened before during other "weather events" when a store doesn't have a case price SKU. Stores that normally only sell single bottles out of a cooler may not have the ability to charge a reduced price for a case. I think the last time I read about this sort of thing happening it was a Circuit City that was charging single price x 24 for exactly that reason (during some hurricane in Florida).
 
2013-06-23 03:13:29 PM  

Lorelle: omnibus_necanda_sunt: Capitalism. Learn it. Love it.

After the Northridge earthquake, some stores in my area jacked up the price of a gallon of water from 49 cents to $5. As a result, many CA cities passed ordinances preventing post-disaster price gouging.


John Stossel told me that price gouging after a natural disaster ensures that everyone gets what they need. I forget the details, but he seems like a pretty standup guy.
 
2013-06-23 03:13:34 PM  
I remember when Robin Williams saying "When I wanna pay a buck for a bottle of water, make mine, Perrier!" got a big laugh.

/not so funny now
 
2013-06-23 03:22:27 PM  

omnibus_necanda_sunt: Capitalism. Learn it. Love it.


A store makes a simple pricing mistake and immediately corrects it: OMFG INVISIBLE HAND TEH HORROR.
 
2013-06-23 03:26:01 PM  
This is how capitalism works. People got what they wanted
 
2013-06-23 03:29:55 PM  
"Calgary, we apologize for the mistake made getting caught at one of our stores regarding the price of water," the statement said.
"There was a internal error which affected a small number of customers chance we would have been caught screwing people in a emergency situation for profit, but meh, what can you do? We rolled the dice and came up with snake eyes..

"As soon as we were notified we took immediate action, resolved the issue and reached out directly to the customers calling our lawyers and hiding behind our liability shield.

The retailer said its priority is the safety of its customersprofit of it's owners, and associates and ensuring they are able to get everything theyget away with anything they can without getting caught.

/FTFT
 
2013-06-23 03:30:19 PM  
*checks article*

So...everyone's screaming "OMG, gouging!" over an idiot trying to get case pricing for 24 individual bottles?

/oh right, who reads articles these days?
 
2013-06-23 03:33:03 PM  
That's not so bad. I've paid 30 caps for a single bottle before.

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2013-06-23 03:36:25 PM  
snake_beater * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-06-23 03:30:19 PM *checks article* So...everyone's screaming "OMG, gouging!" over an idiot trying to get case pricing for 24 individual bottles?
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No, it scanned as 24 individual bottles, numbnuts. That was the mistake.

/Think before you speak next time.
 
2013-06-23 03:40:19 PM  
This is when I start stealing.
 
2013-06-23 03:41:05 PM  

jake3988: snake_beater * * Smartest * Funniest 2013-06-23 03:30:19 PM *checks article* So...everyone's screaming "OMG, gouging!" over an idiot trying to get case pricing for 24 individual bottles?
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No, it scanned as 24 individual bottles, numbnuts. That was the mistake.

/Think before you speak next time.


Okay, I completely boned the phrasing of that. My bad.
 
2013-06-23 03:44:38 PM  
Any place that price gouges on necessity items during a disaster, needs to be ransacked and then burned to the ground.
 
2013-06-23 03:46:02 PM  
and now everyone has his phone number.
 
2013-06-23 03:46:47 PM  

Carn: and now everyone has his phone number.


durrrrrrr.  that would be the store manager.  Sorry I'll go back to drinking beer and Falling Skies.
 
2013-06-23 03:46:58 PM  
In Florida, we aggressively prosecute price gouging after disasters. Usually as soon as there are watches out, the Attorney General starts running ads on all of the radio stations telling people how to report any price gouging they may encounter.

/then again, who knows now that Rick Scott is in power
 
2013-06-23 03:49:56 PM  
Simple mistake, nothing to see unless you're in the FOP

/Fark Outrage Platoon
//I'm a Dapper Dan man, myself
 
2013-06-23 03:51:30 PM  

DanZero: They could have got this by accident

[img.photobucket.com image 403x403]


The sign lies. Corona is not flavored.
 
2013-06-23 03:54:35 PM  

bukketmaster: That's not so bad. I've paid 30 caps for a single bottle before.


You got ripped off. That's hydrogen peroxide, made with deuterium. Superscript, subscript. What's the difference?
 
2013-06-23 03:59:24 PM  
Priced higher than you think it is worth? Don't buy it.

Problem solved.
 
2013-06-23 04:01:10 PM  
American corporation in Canada. We must look like a bunch of marks to them.
 
2013-06-23 04:01:50 PM  

jake_lex: MIght as well have used the "Obvious" tag, these scumbags pop up after every disaster.


I think it is more of a scumbag move to not prepare for even a weeks supply when major weather events happen. Even bigger scumbag when you go then cry to the media because others aren't doing things for You.

When did humans lose all sense of survivability.
 
2013-06-23 04:02:16 PM  
$1.75 for 500 ml of tap water is price gouging under any circumstances, some of which are legal.

Whenever I see someone carrying bottled water, I point and laugh.
 
2013-06-23 04:02:48 PM  

CowardlyLion: DanZero: They could have got this by accident

[img.photobucket.com image 403x403]

The sign lies. Corona is not flavored.


I don't agree.
The one time I tried it it tasted like dirt or rusty nails to me (I couldn't decide which).
/Drinking a Natty Ice
//Because I'm all out of Coor's
///Beer shouldn't need fruit to make it taste better
 
2013-06-23 04:03:02 PM  

bukketmaster: That's not so bad. I've paid 30 caps for a single bottle before.

[img.fark.net image 240x252]


That was H2O, not H2O
 
2013-06-23 04:06:42 PM  
Heh I live in Calgary and idiot bought 24 single bottles.  At a Home Depot of all places.  Now I get that a lot of the drug stores and grocery stores are sold out of bottled water - BUT THERE IS ALSO NOTHING WRONG WITH THE WATER SUPPLY - NO BOIL ADVISORY HAS BEEN ISSUED - the water out of the tap is still just fine.

Just some attention whore looking for.... well.... attention.  Nice one FARK,
 
2013-06-23 04:07:54 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: Hope my fellow Calgary farkers are ok! Like a rat fleeing I drove to Saskatoon yesterday Because surely water won't go downstream right?

/Just kidding, thanks to Lake Diefenbaker (aka Diefenbuffer)


Hah, I thought you lived high enough up? I'm lucky enough to live in one of the higher parts of the SW so my place was reasonably unaffected.
 
2013-06-23 04:14:06 PM  
"Calgary, we apologize for the mistake made at one of our stores regarding the price of water," the statement said.

"There was an internal error which affected a small number of customers.
"As soon as we were notified we took immediate action, resolved the issue and reached out directly to the customers affected asking them to contact us so we can make it right."

Nice misleading headline there subby.
 
2013-06-23 04:23:22 PM  
That's not overpriced, that's price gouging. Which is illegal, AFAIK, in a disaster situation, at least in the US.

Just another reason that a pure free market is a bad idea.
 
2013-06-23 04:29:44 PM  

big pig peaches: "Calgary, we apologize for the mistake made at one of our stores regarding the price of water," the statement said.

"There was an internal error which affected a small number of customers.
"As soon as we were notified we took immediate action, resolved the issue and reached out directly to the customers affected asking them to contact us so we can make it right."

Nice misleading headline there subby.


That is a masterpiece of cunning linguistics.  "The mistake," not "our mistake."  "An internal error" may have been made by a customer in the store.  "A small number of customers" can be as small as one. "Resolved the issue" can mean "figured out that  we had an idiot on our  hands."  It's beautiful!
 
2013-06-23 04:30:29 PM  
A dollar seventy five for a bottled water. Maybe a little high, nothing crazy. Not sure why the outrage.
 
2013-06-23 04:35:16 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: $1.75 for 500 ml of tap water is price gouging under any circumstances, some of which are legal.

Whenever I see someone carrying bottled water, I point and laugh.


I have one of these:

casanovasadventures.com

Works even in murky water.
 
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