We are living at time when the economy is hurting many families that are out of work and trying to survive. In many cases, we as consumers are getting ripped-off, perhaps some are unaware of the tactics of the suppliers. Potato chips used to be 16 ounces, then 14 ounces, then 12 ounces, then 10 ounces, with a price increases for less. Gasoline is $3.45 and up. A gallon price increase much more than needed, but it comes down only a few cents. It would be advantageous to the consumers to stop buying gas for a few days (which would never happen). Products that were eight ounces are now four ounces, but at a higher price. Cereals are now fewer ounces for a higher price. The biggest rip-off at this time of year is canned popcorn decorated with Christmas or winter scenes. Unless we are buying the can for the picture, we are paying over five dollars for one pound of popcorn in a smaller can.
Also, for over three years I have written letters and have spoken with those in charge of prices being lowered on donated items in thrift stores. They should price shoes, furniture, clothing, books, electronics, household items, at a fair price so people out-of-work or on a fixed income can afford them. Most items are priced too high. Similar items can be bought new in retail businesses at a lower price.
The purpose of these establishments, when first organized, was to help people in need. Is this being done when an individual can't afford a marked price? The policy is that it can't be reduced. Items that do no sell and have been on the shelves for a long period of time may be thrown into a dumpster and hauled to the trash. It was suggested that such items be available for free. If not taken within a time period, then it could be taken to the dumps. I was told this could not be done.
Jerome R. Willden