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Sales Surge at Salvage Supermarkets

As customers search for deeper discounts, they appear to be moving away from traditional grocery stores. In recent months, sales have soared at salvage supermarkets, no-frills operations where shoppers can buy food that's discounted, sometimes by more than 50 percent. The lower price, however, comes at a cost. Consumers may be buying crushed cereal boxes, dented canned tomatoes, or salad dressing bottles past their sell-by date. Inventory isn't consistent; availability is contingent on what brokers ship to the store. Many shoppers are middle-class consumers who buy the majority of their food from regular grocery stores, but see salvage grocers as an opportunity for bargains. Like their conventional counterparts, these markets must also face inspections and regulations. Although inspectors aren't concerned about sell-by dates, as manufacturer dates don't imply when something is safe to eat, but rather when quality is best. Are you familiar with the salvage grocers in your area? Would you be interested in visiting one?

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PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
I've heard of one near me in the next city over but I have never been to it. I think these types of places are a great idea. There are a lot of families out there that need as much help saving money as they can get. Children aren't eating less they're eating even more these days. And grocery store cost on a lot of small items are becoming ridiculous.
doogirl doogirl 6 years
I don't have one of these near me, but I do belong to my local Gleaners club where for $50 a year, I get a bag a week of groceries. Lots of produce and also some cans and boxes of things that are just over the "sell-by" date. I love it! I also visit the local bread store, where I can buy bread just as fresh as what's in the grocery store, for at least half the price! It pays to be a bargain shopper and to look for deals!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
I don't know any, but oh YES, I'd be very interested to visit one. I'm a huge bargain shopper and love to compare prices, so this is a must visit for me if I ever find out where one is near us.
miznic miznic 6 years
I second that re Big Lots... check those dates though! Their foreign stuff is terrific. (And the one here in town always seems to have new teas to try...)
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I wish we still had a salvage grocery place here. I love those stores! If the product is not in danger of spoiling or being contaminated, I love getting stuff at a discount. I love Big Lots for their salvage grocery section, but the Big Lots in our city closed and now I have to drive about 30 minutes to get to the nearest one. Check the expiration dates, though...some stuff expires REALLY soon after you buy it, so only buy stuff if you're going to eat it fairly quickly.
dreamie-me dreamie-me 6 years
I never heard of a salvage supermarket.
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