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Grocery Store Tricks, Priced in Imperial, Weighed in Metric

So the other day i was purchasing some cherries, when I ran into a problem.  I had no idea how much the darned things were gonna cost me.  I went to a Loblaws SuperStore in Aurora and spotted these:

 

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Cherries: $5.48/lb.

 

So I looked around for a scale… found one way in the back:

 

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Grocery Store Tricks, Priced in Imperial, Weighed in Metric – Produce Section Scale Location

 

Went to go and measure.  Darn!  Metric!

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Grocery Store Tricks, Priced in Imperial, Weighed in Metric – Scale is Metric

OK kids, if a bag of cherries costs $5.48 a lb, and I’m weighing 675 grams worth, how much is that?

Get out your mobile browser:

https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=%245.48%2Flb%20in%20dollars%20per%20kilo

$5.48 / pound =
13.2468712 Canadian dollars per kilogram

 

Next step:

$13.2468712/kg * .675 grams = ….

 

Ah, forget it.   I love cherries.

 

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3 thoughts on “Grocery Store Tricks, Priced in Imperial, Weighed in Metric

  1. Captain D

    It was just over 31 years ago that the ‘Gimli Glider’ ran out of fuel over Manitoba at about 41,000 feet (about 12,000 m). Fortunately the Air Canada Boeing 767 glided down to a disused old air force base in Gimli.

    The incident due in large part to confusion between metric and Imperial measurements.

    Here we are all these years later: still buying and pricing cherries with two systems, and ordering 4 x 8 sheets of plywood to finish the basement.

    1. Well put. Worst of all probably, the weather network. I can set my temperature to read in Metric (Celcius) but I can’t seem to be able to display the atmospheric pressure as Inches of Mercury, an old pilot method. Imperial reveals millibars, and Imperial reveals kPa. What about PSI or inches of Mercury!

  2. Greg S.

    I read something a while ago about some company deciding to short every jar of olives by two compared with the on the label weight declaration. It doesn’t sound like much but if you’re pushing out thousands of jars per day, shorting product is profitable. Any confusion with weights and measures is always seized upon by the merchants, and your example of having pricing in one standard and weighing in another is prime for abuse.

    Good article.

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