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Old 08-07-2014, 06:57 PM   #1
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There are two hurricanes bearing down the Hawaiian Islands and many folks are stocking up on provisions, including bottled water.
The photo above was shared on Face Book today from a Safeway store in Hawaii. I will be closing my Club Card account; also I will no longer be shopping at any of their affiliate chains either.

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Old 08-07-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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Holy crap. That's robbery.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:40 PM   #3
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I googled Hawaiian Springs Water and that seems to be in the normal price range.
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@Aunt Bea, that price of $24.34 is for only 12 bottles of 1.5 liter water, but wait, in Hawaii you must pay 5¢ fee per bottle, oh and 4.5% sales tax on all of the above. My calculations come to $26.07USD for 12 bottles of water, granted, Hawaiian Springs is a very pretty bottle, but, GEEZ!!! One more vent: 12 bottle of water is not a case in my book.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:02 PM   #5
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@Aunt Bea, that price of $24.34 is for only 12 bottles of 1.5 liter water, but wait, in Hawaii you must pay 5¢ fee per bottle, oh and 4.5% sales tax on all of the above. My calculations come to $26.07USD for 12 bottles of water, granted, Hawaiian Springs is a very pretty bottle, but, GEEZ!!! One more vent: 12 bottle of water is not a case in my book.
You don't have to convince me dear, I'm just telling you what I saw when I googled it.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:16 PM   #6
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Ok, so exactly by how much did they jack up the price?
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:17 PM   #7
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I was reading about the hurricane headed for Hawaii earlier today, sure hope it passes the big island by and there isn't any damage.
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:21 PM   #8
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Ok, so exactly by how much did they jack up the price?
The stuff is pretty spendy.

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IF that is a price hike for the storm, I'm willing to bet that it isn't directed by corporate. It would be bad for business, and very bad publicity.

IF this is a price gouge than someone will likely be in trouble.
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Old 08-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #10
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The price in the photo is $24. for 12 1.5 liter bottles. Looking at their website, that's almost half the price they advertise ($48.) for the same thing.

Still, that seems like a lot for water but it's a bargain for that product.
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