Buying Bulk in BA

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I was at Jumbo the other day, and needed to buy some butter.   As I passed through the busy aisles of Jumbo, I came upon the dairy section.  The butter comes in 100g, 200g, and 500g sizes – I often bake, and my girlfriend loves butter, so I figured I may as well get the big one.  AS a habit, I calculated the cost of each option – the 100g, 200g, and 500g options.  It turns out it that the 500g size is actually MORE expensive that the 200g size (although cheaper than the 100g).   This may sound crazy for those of you used to the large grocery stores of North America and places like Costco.  I don’t think I’ve ever run into a situation where the larger size was more expensive, and it is often considerably cheaper.  Not so in Buenos Aires.  I have noticed this “phenomena” in many other products – coffee, cleaners, certain beverages, garbage bags, etc. I’ve included a picture with the prices of coffee to demonstrate my point.  In one case, it is $10 MORE per kilo to get the larger size!

If you live in the center of Buenos Aires, its not all that necessary to buy bulk, and in many cases not possible because of a lack of space.  However, if you think bigger sizes always mean cheaper, make sure to calculate the cost per weight, because it is rarely a better deal, and sometimes more expensive.

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2 Comments

  1. Jerry says:

    A few years ago, Disco and probably their competition were selling Activa yogurt in either a 4 pack or a 6 or 8 pack. Can’t remember the unit price, but it was something like the 4 pack was $4.00 and the 8 pack was $11.00 pesos. HONEST ! PURE GENIOUS.

  2. Marcos says:

    They’ve actually now imposed on big supermarkets to reflect not only the price but also the price per either Kilogram, or litre (in the case of liquids). So now comparing is done very easily by just looking at the price tag. And yes, these discrepancies in the prices can still be found!

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