Follow Up to an Ethical Question Regarding the Bounty Bar

"Bounty-Wrapper-Small" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia
“Bounty-Wrapper-Small” by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia

In keeping with the chocolate theme today, some time ago, I asked you, dear readers, about whether I should talk to the managers a my local grocery store about the price difference between the Polish and British Bounty bars for sale. The yeses won by one vote, so I followed up today.

They told me I need to go to the corporate offices.

Of course.

I am not going to bother.

Here is why.  When shopping at the other stores in this chain, I noticed that they only sell the British version of the Bounty bar now instead of both.  So obviously, the public figured out the cheaper Polish version provided the most value for money.  Meanwhile, the chain is stuck with this inventory of more expensive Bounty bars that they have to offload.  My store just happens to have a few left.

So Chicago area consumers are pretty smart and do not need my advocacy, at least when it comes to food.

12 thoughts on “Follow Up to an Ethical Question Regarding the Bounty Bar

  1. I think you hit on the correct reason when you mentioned the “less costly” British version of the item; any (American) business will switch to the cheaper product to use. You can bet they’ll make more on them than on the other. Their decisions are based, first, on profit line figures, then consumer demand as it affects that bottom line…. even if it means taking money from American businesses.

    I saw a cool quote today, & thought of you… I think you’ll like it….

    “After decades of “Masterpiece Theater” decline, deferent workers cheering dim royals, and legions of garden fetishists whose idea of fun was a gentle discussion of acidity levels in the topsoil, the class system is finally getting shaken up. There are happier consequences of this than violence, of course, but the hooligan revival is at least a reminder that there’s now no shortage of Britons successful enough to deserve beating up and plenty of others self-confident enough to do it.” — Andrew Sullivan


    1. I am wondering something about the wholesalers. I am betting that the candy is coming from two separate distributors. It could be that the grocery stores are making the same profit margins on both bars, but the wholesale prices are higher. After all, the Chicago area has the highest concentrated Polish population outside of Poland. Factor in the other central and eastern Europeans in the area, we are talking about a higher demand which means being able to negotiate a lower cost for the imported food. So even though the Polish bars were cheaper than the British bars, I bet they weren’t making any more money off the British ones.

      I am also betting the grocery store is banking on the Bounty bars being labeled as British to their being able to shift the rest of their stock.

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      1. There you go; they’ll figure out a way to maximize the bottom line one way or another… They’ll call it adapting to market trends; I call it shifty… a common trait amongst the weasel family…



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