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Glacier vending machine water 50% more expensive

Original post made by Midtown Resident, Midtown, on Jun 25, 2008

Why is Glacier vending machine water 50% more expensive at midtown Palo Alto Safeway than Glacier vending machine's water at Sunnyvale Safeway? In PA it is $0.30 per gallon and in Sunnyvale it is $0.20

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 25, 2008 at 8:28 pm

That is why I shop at Safeway in Mountain View, things are cheaper!! Safeway has a different pricing policy depending on the location of the store. Palo Alto being high end has the most expensive pricing.


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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on Jun 25, 2008 at 10:51 pm

It's just a case of good old American "make a need and fill it" marketing.

Did you know, you can get exactly that same "glacier" vending machine water from your home tap? And the cost is zip.... But then I'm sure you are special and believe you are saving the world, or your health in some way by paying for an imaginary benefit. And of course, since you are a Palo Altan, paying more proves you are better than those lowly Sunnyvaliers.





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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 26, 2008 at 12:02 am

I don't agree with Outside Observer re: Palo Altans "feeling better than others", but there is no doubt that some chains and even some small retailers gouge the shopping public in PA. Mollie Stones is a good example. I've seen item prices of many things at MS that are 30% higher than Whole Paychecks (Foods) prices.

Safeway is especially egregious in it's pricing, far worse than MS. I found cherries today at one small local store for $2.50 per pound. Safeway's price (I had to stop in for an emergency purchase of a household item there) was $5.00!!

Items like extra virgin olive oil at Safeway are usually 50-60% higher than most other places. It's ridiculous!

Rents are high here, and retailers do what they can to recoup, but there IS gouging going on. Some merchants think that all Palo Altans are loaded. Not true.

Someone should write an online app that does comparative pricing of food staples, and even specialty items. That would be interesting.


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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 26, 2008 at 10:19 am

It's the free marketplace at work. The glaciers are vanishing. Global warming.


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Posted by Midtown resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:29 am

Midtown Safeway is not only for PA residents, many EPA residents shop there as well, and yet prices are clearly targeted towards more affluent PA shoppers.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 26, 2008 at 3:38 pm

"You can fill up an 8oz glass with ltered tap water 15,000 times and it will still cost you
less than purchasing a 12 pack of bottled water"

Web Link


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Posted by Be careful
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 26, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Do you know that some bottle water companies are using recycled treated sewage water? You wouldn't know this because they don't have to disclose it.


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