P.E.I. Price Watch looks at can of Heinz Alpha-getti

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No Frills lowest, Shoppers Drug Mart highest

How do you spell deal when it comes to buying canned pasta?

N-O- F-R-I-L-L-S.

In the latest instalment of P.E.I. Price Watch, our eagle-eyed shoppers went looking for a can of Heinz Alphagetti pasta, a 398-mL can.

No Frills in Stratford was charging $1.57 a can.

The same pasta treat can be purchased for a few cents more at Bob’s General Store in Charlottetown, which was charging $1.69.

Sobeys was charging another dime more, $1.79.

Atlantic Superstore was charging $1.99 when The Guardian checked in earlier this week.

Needs Convenience Stores wanted $1.89.

Meanwhile, the most expensive price was found at Shoppers Drug Mart, where the price tag topped out at $2.19.

Organizations: General Store in Charlottetown, Sobeys, Shoppers Drug Mart

Geographic location: Stratford

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  • Pass the plate
    February 15, 2016 - 03:51

    What about produce, meat, cheese, whole foods? Let's try to feed our families well. I don't care how much this can is - but I do care about the cost of milk and eggs and vegetables, butter, meat, and whole grain products.

    • Exactly ....
      February 15, 2016 - 09:39

      ... who cares about this can o' crap.

  • david
    February 14, 2016 - 23:08

    Not to mention No Frills are basically clearance stores for Loblaws. Check the best before dates on most of the item at No Frills you will see they are either expired or close to the expiry date. Never buy fresh meat there with really checking the best before dates and even lifting up the price tag to see if there is another below it with an earlier expiry date. No Frills is good for boxed or canned items that you plan to consume soon. However that being said if you plan to use the items fast then why not pay less and go to No Frills.

  • James
    February 14, 2016 - 13:40

    This is not surprising to see that specific items are more expensive in a drug/convenience store vs a discount food chain

  • s peterzon
    February 14, 2016 - 12:32

    the shoppers drugmart is providing a service by selling grocery's ,the last time I checked ,you go to a grocery store to buy grocery's and you go to a drugstore to buy drugs ,it is simple supply and demand if you don't like the price go somewhere else

    • izzy
      February 14, 2016 - 20:44

      The last time you checked? When was that, 1992? The line between who sells what has long been blurred. Loblaws (Superstore) bought Shoppers so comparing all parties is quite valid.

  • Karl Proude.
    February 14, 2016 - 09:19

    So why don,t you tell us who owns the Shoppers chain I believe people who don,t know may find your story more interesting . Just Google it . Atlantic Super Stores!!, Also known as Loblaws. As always the small convience store can almost always buy cheaper from sales at the Big Chain then they can from the so called Wholesaler as the Big Chains are also the Wholesaler .Hard to beat the big boys as they have us between a rock and a hard stone when it comes to grocery bills.

    • Hard to Tell
      February 14, 2016 - 12:31

      What exactly is your point karl? Your rambling doesn't seem to have any relevance to the story. If you are going to point out that Shoppers is owned by Loblaws why didn't you point out that NoFrills is also owned by Loblaws?

    • Karl Proude
      February 14, 2016 - 22:09

      HARD TO TELL ; Thank you for your update on this. I did not know that NoFrills was also owned by Loblaws. Just another peace of knowledge that shows us that the large cooperation have all the bases covered when it comes to the control of the food supply. Maybe it was before your time,that a small private run grocery store bought from a grocery wholesaler, and not from someone that is in direct competition with them. That is why most communities and Towns on PEI had a viable successful store operating in it. but today they must compete with the wholesaler. I am sorry if this was hard to understand. In short most of your wholesale food distributors are owned by your Sobeys ,Atlantic Super Stores and others under a different identity such as Sobeys is TRA etc.

      February 15, 2016 - 10:32

      Co-op Atlantic was the other big wholesaler as well as the two mentioned but they just sold out to Sobey's or faced bankruptcy. There are no more small wholesalers around as they couldn't compete with the big boys. It's the same with potatoes, if Irving doesn't buy them, you're pretty much SOL. It's called "economies of scale".