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546 clicks; posted to Food » on 14 Jul 2021 at 5:12 PM (2 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2021-07-14 4:39:41 PM  
Food shortages, the labor shortages, and supply chain snafus are leading to price hikes.

No. No. Yes.

Plenty of food rotting. PAY YOUR WORKERS!!  And then the third thing will "magically" disappear.
 
2021-07-14 4:57:14 PM  
The IT Crowd: Denholm and Roy at the vending machine
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2021-07-14 5:04:59 PM  
I keep hoping that the combination of people learning to cook at home during lock-down, the decline in restaurants, and hikes in fast food and vending machine prices will lead to people eating less crap and opting for home-prepared meals and a willingness to pay actual costs for a quality restaurant meal.

I guess I'm just a cock-eyed f*cking optimist over here.
 
2021-07-14 5:13:33 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I keep hoping that the combination of people learning to cook at home during lock-down, the decline in restaurants, and hikes in fast food and vending machine prices will lead to people eating less crap and opting for home-prepared meals and a willingness to pay actual costs for a quality restaurant meal.

I guess I'm just a cock-eyed f*cking optimist over here.


Part of the problem is that most people need to kick half the salt (at least) out of their diet.  I'm not even talking about eating less.  Just axe half the damn salt and one can start tasting their food.  I think if someone can make that leap, they will be more apt to do what you say.
 
2021-07-14 5:20:45 PM  
If you're buying items from a vending machine, you deserve to being ripped off.
 
2021-07-14 5:23:45 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: I keep hoping that the combination of people learning to cook at home during lock-down, the decline in restaurants, and hikes in fast food and vending machine prices will lead to people eating less crap and opting for home-prepared meals and a willingness to pay actual costs for a quality restaurant meal.

I guess I'm just a cock-eyed f*cking optimist over here.


Too many people dislike cooking.
 
2021-07-14 5:38:47 PM  

UberDave: Benevolent Misanthrope: I keep hoping that the combination of people learning to cook at home during lock-down, the decline in restaurants, and hikes in fast food and vending machine prices will lead to people eating less crap and opting for home-prepared meals and a willingness to pay actual costs for a quality restaurant meal.

I guess I'm just a cock-eyed f*cking optimist over here.

Part of the problem is that most people need to kick half the salt (at least) out of their diet.  I'm not even talking about eating less.  Just axe half the damn salt and one can start tasting their food.  I think if someone can make that leap, they will be more apt to do what you say.


True dat.  My doc put me on a low sodium diet - once I started having MyFitnessPal show me how much sodium I was eating, well... Holy shiat, I had no idea!

I just stopped adding salt to anything, stopped eating pre-cooked meals I didn't make, stopped cured meats I didn't cure (BONUS - learned to make truly kick-ass lower-sodium bacon), cut out all snack foods, and paid very close attention to labels.  Yeah, unsalted potatoes are f*cking disappointing, but they really tasted like potato.  After a month of leaving the salt in the pantry, I could taste my food, and found I really don't miss the salt that much.  Some things need it.  Most things don't really.
 
2021-07-14 6:05:48 PM  
This news as I'm thinking about starting a vending machine business.

Not joking. I've really been researching it.
 
2021-07-14 6:19:30 PM  

Benevolent Misanthrope: True dat.  My doc put me on a low sodium diet - once I started having MyFitnessPal show me how much sodium I was eating, well... Holy shiat, I had no idea!


Same with sweeteners. Holy fark, why is everything so damn sweet? I did keto for a few months a few years ago and that really reset my taste sense of sweetness, even to this day.
 
2021-07-14 6:24:49 PM  
According to the consumer price index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, snack food sold in these machines in the US was up 2.3% last month, the biggest single-month cost jump on record, Axios reported. The cost of eating out was up 0.7% overall.

Ok, so when I hit up the vending machine, I'm maybe paying an extra nickel, and when I'm paying an extra amount that is probably less than whatever the rounding error is when calculating/adding a tip.

Seems like a silly thing to get up in arms about subby, but you do you.  Might want to cut down on the vending machine visits though, regardless of price.  All that salt (both literal and figurative) will do a number on your blood pressure.
 
2021-07-14 7:44:24 PM  
I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.
 
2021-07-14 10:16:29 PM  
That's it. I'm not eating any more vending machines.
 
2021-07-14 10:26:47 PM  

retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.


Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.
 
2021-07-14 10:39:11 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.


You skipped past automat and went straight on to fast food restaurant.
 
2021-07-14 10:46:04 PM  
Vending machine food prices soared in June.
According to the consumer price index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, snack food sold in these machines in the US was up 2.3% last month,



soared I tell you
 
2021-07-15 12:11:33 AM  

HighwayBill: Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.

You skipped past automat and went straight on to fast food restaurant.


Yes. If I am paying he same for a drink from a machine as I would from a server, then I should be paying the wages of a server. If I have to take part in any step of preparing my food, beyond the obvious hygeinic need to get my own cutlery and napkins, then I should pay less than both a vending machine and the item from a server. Did I add the milk to that coffee? My labour, therefore my expense. Automat is an expense to me compared to a  vending machine. But the real issue is that a price that pays a wage must be used to payy a worker, or else the expense to me is the cost of my food item plus the opportunity to pay a worker (which is an incredibly high price).
 
2021-07-15 4:30:02 AM  

Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.



Not sure what planet you guys are living on...

In your world, "Convenience stores" would be the cheapest stores around.
 
2021-07-15 9:27:28 AM  

retrobruce: Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.


Not sure what planet you guys are living on...

In your world, "Convenience stores" would be the cheapest stores around.


They would be pretty darn cheap, yes. Convenience stores alo have the price advantage of usually being rental properties as well and/or being in a building owned by the family who live above, reduceing the owner's costs.

But like vending machines, supermarkets are cheaper because they have very few employees per food unit sold, and like vending machines, supermarkets take advantage of economy of scale.
 
2021-07-15 2:12:03 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.


Not sure what planet you guys are living on...

In your world, "Convenience stores" would be the cheapest stores around.

They would be pretty darn cheap, yes. Convenience stores alo have the price advantage of usually being rental properties as well and/or being in a building owned by the family who live above, reduceing the owner's costs.

But like vending machines, supermarkets are cheaper because they have very few employees per food unit sold, and like vending machines, supermarkets take advantage of economy of scale.


What country do you live in?
 
2021-07-15 6:07:24 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: Bennie Crabtree: retrobruce: I don't know about you subby, but for me, the purpose of vending machines is to be able to buy drinks and snacks without going to the store... like in offices, rest stops, etc.

It's convenience, not price that gets me to use them.

Nah, I agree wih Subby. The point of the vending machine is to buy food wihout the overhead of prep and saff. No humans to schedule, no set hours of operation, no need to pay for kichens. The convenience *is* what defines the low price. As the price goes up, pay staff to prep and serve.


Not sure what planet you guys are living on...

In your world, "Convenience stores" would be the cheapest stores around.

They would be pretty darn cheap, yes. Convenience stores alo have the price advantage of usually being rental properties as well and/or being in a building owned by the family who live above, reduceing the owner's costs.

But like vending machines, supermarkets are cheaper because they have very few employees per food unit sold, and like vending machines, supermarkets take advantage of economy of scale.



The vast majority of vending machines (in the U.S.) are owned and operated by VERY small companies.

NO, they do NOT have the advantage of economy of scale.

The vast majority of vending machines (in the U.S.) do not have anywhere NEAR the sales volume as even the smallest convenience store.   A tiny fraction of it, actually.
Thus the number of employees per food unit sold is going to be FAR higher than just about any other way of selling food at retail.

Unless you live in some bizarro-land country where the economy is vastly different from that of the United States, you are incorrect on every one of your assumptions.

some reading for you... (one of many sources available) : https://thehustle.co/we-interviewed​-20​-vending-machine-owners-heres-how-much​-they-make/
 
2021-07-15 6:13:15 PM  

SoundOfOneHandWanking: Vending machine food prices soared in June.
According to the consumer price index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, snack food sold in these machines in the US was up 2.3% last month,


soared I tell you


Odd...  there's not a single thing whatsoever in the linked document mentioning vending machines or anything remotely related.
 
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