As we listen to people who are doing very well for themselves on taxpayer money say that things are improving and the “Plan,” whatever it is, seems to be working, America’s economy that is being “fixed” has now reached a new level of “Improvement”.
DALLAS, Pa. (AP) — Out of toilet paper? Need to pick up a few things for dinner? Take a number and start bidding.
Many bargain hunters these days are trading supermarket aisles for the auction circuit in search of deep discounts on everything from cereal to spare ribs. Past the sell-by date? Bidders are happy to ignore that detail if they’re getting a good deal.
Yessir, things are getting better all the time, aren’t they? How many trillions in “help” are we up to now? Just wondering. A trillion here……a trillion there….
As consumers seek relief from the recession and spiraling food prices, grocery auctions are gaining in popularity as an easy way to cut costs. The sales operate like regular auctions, but with bidders vying for dry goods and frozen foods instead of antiques and collectibles. Some auctioneers even accept food stamps.
The popularity of the auctions — which sell leftover or damaged goods from supermarkets, distribution centers and restaurant suppliers — comes at a time when people are stretching their grocery budgets by using more coupons, buying inferior cuts of meat, and choosing store brands over national brands.
The economic downturn, paired with the worst food inflation in nearly 20 years (grocery prices spiked in 2008 before easing in January and February), has caused a “seismic shift” in consumer behavior, said Brian Todd, president of The Food Institute, an industry information service.
“Food is one area where they can save,” he said.
So basically, while Congress, Tim Geithner and Barack Obama are trying to figure out which pal to throw their next trillion at and whether or not they ordered enough Wagyu beef for the next cocktail party, people are buying damaged and expired food at scratch and dent auctions.
Now that’s progress.
Ironically, one of the auctioneers’ business is called the “Banana Box”. I think that’s a great business name that fits in well with our future Banana Republic.
I can’t wait till the next trillion is spent. Then maybe everybody will be able to bid on a whole chicken. Okay, there might be a limb missing, but that’s why it will be up for bid to begin with.