I’m a sucker for a gimmick, particularly food gimmicks. I’ve tried just about every flavor of Mountain Dew, as well as every variety of Reese’s peanut butter whatevers. So when Starbucks released their new VIA instant coffee, I lined up with everyone else to take the taste test. (It’s not bad, if you like Starbucks coffee.)
As a reward for tasting the coffee, I got a coupon for $1.00 off any VIA purchase. I then heard the barista explaining to another customer that with the coupon, the 3-pack was only $2 (actually $1.95), but the 12-pack was a better deal. So I looked at the price of the 12-pack: $9.95, or $8.95 with the coupon. And then I did a quick calculation in my head, and discovered that no, the 12-pack isn’t a better deal after all. With the coupon. Of course, it is a better deal without the coupon, and I’m sure that’s what she meant, so maybe this isn’t a FAIL, but it’s still a fail.
Next up, however, is definitely a FAIL. The following was spotted at my local Target store, where Halloween candy is on sale right next to the Christmas decorations:
Can anyone figure out where this number came from? The box weighs something like 38 ounces (so it’s about $4.21 per pound). If it really were $159.84 per pound, a Butterfinger (2 oz) would cost $20. I think I’d frame it instead of eating it.