Inflation, Part 3

July 19, 2008

We like avocados.  We like avocados a lot.

A few months ago HEB was selling wonderful avocados four for a dollar.  Those days are long, long gone.  Sometime in the Spring the price and supply started fluctuating.  At first I thought it was just a seasonal variation, but after shopping around a bit, I wonder.

First the price went up to three for a dollar.  Then it was fifty cents each, and they were squishy, some with bruises.  This was back in May.  I was at Wal-Mart one day and found avocados three for a dollar, so I picked up six and went on about my business.

By late June, HEB’s avocados had risen to 88 cents each, and still with little improvement in quality.  I still shop at HEB most of the time for items on sale and a few things that can’t be had at Wal-Mart.  Randall’s and SuperTarget are both too expensive for my budget, although they make for nice window-shopping for those who have the time.

This week the HEB advertisement didn’t feature anything I needed, so back to Wal-Mart I went, for IAMS and trash bags and other necessities that are pretty much the same wherever you buy them, but up to ten percent less at Wal-Mart.  And ‘lo and behold, those lovely avocados are still three for a dollar.

Sam Walton must be smiling back from the hereafter.

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