The price of convenience.

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24 Responses to The price of convenience.

  1. kiwano says:

    two words: loss leader.

  2. Jack says:

    same thing applies to quality x)

  3. Nathon says:

    I’ve observed the opposite effect. Milk at the grocery store costs over $4/gallon these days while I can still get it from the local convenience store for between $2.50 and $3.40. I think I have to echo kiwano here.

  4. Mike says:

    And the milk is always in the back of the store.

  5. BJ says:

    What Nathon said. While 7-11 is perhaps not consistently cheaper than conventional grocery stores for milk, it is generally on par or slightly better.

    What’s really weird is when you can get a gallon of milk for less than a gallon of gas…

  6. Brandon says:

    @BJ: why is that weird? I would guess more effort goes into locating and extracting oil, refining it, distributing it worldwide (etc.) for gasoline.

    Milk can be ‘manufactured’ locally, and takes a lot less processing.

    What’s strange to me is how a gallon of gas was ever cheaper, considering what goes into its creation.

  7. Spencer says:

    So maybe we should find a way to utilize the milk by learning to use it as fuel for a combustion engine?

  8. qka says:


    I live in dairy farm country. The farmers here would LOVE you if you managed that!

  9. deadlytoque says:

    Where I live now, this holds true. Where I went to law school, I could usually save 50 cents or so by buying milk at the 7-Eleven. I think this was due to national pricing. 7-Eleven charges the same for 4 litres of milk anywhere in Canada, but milk costs more in Dominion in Ontario than it does in Safeway in Alberta. Just a guess, though.

  10. Bret says:

    You can bet your sweet acidophilus on this one.

  11. Alex Saint says:

    For us it’s cheaper to buy milk from the convenient store at the gas station— about $2 cheaper than at the supermarket, weirdly enough.

    What bugs ME is that it’s so much cheaper to get soda. I know that milk actually is worth stuff, but the fact that such unhealthy stuff is so much cheaper bugs me!

  12. Neil says:

    The inverse is true in Boston. Even the supermarket-brand milk is more expansive than the good stuff sold at the corner convenience.

  13. Jack Vermicelli says:


    Is the supermarket-brand any less good than the “good stuff” (presumably a broader-reaching brand)? That line of reasoning has always eluded me. Unless you’re into some sort of hippy organic free-range non-caffeinated unpasteurized or somesuch, commercial cow milk is commercial cow milk, isn’t it?

  14. rational says:

    @brandon and @bj:

    What’s really weird is when price of water/gallon is more expensive than milk or gas. What does that tell us about the power of marketing? Or about our gullibility?

  15. theorbtwo says:

    Back when I lived in Pennsylvania, there were signs outside many convience stores saying “milk at state minimum prices”. While it rather annoys me that there *is* a state minimum price on milk, apparenly you couldn’t get milk cheaper then a Turkey Hill anywhere in Pennsylvania.

  16. steve says:

    its generally true in orlando…but not at ALDI. has anyone ever shopped there? its awesome IMO

  17. Christian H says:

    @deadlytoque: It depends where in Ontario and where in Alberta. I come from dairy country in Ontario and from frontier in Alberta, and I can tell you milk is far more expensive in my current neck of AB than my former neck of Ontario.

  18. gary says:

    I like the new index card look! Caught my eye right away.

  19. haipothetical says:

    I gather data on this on half gallon of Organic Milk recently here’s what I found. And yes it’s generally true.

    Organic Strauss Creamery from Star Grocery in Elmwood Berkeley
    $3.89 (originally $5.39 less $1.50 returnable bottle)

    Horizon Organic, Yasai Market on College

    Clover Organic, Andronico’s on Solano Ave.

    Organic Trader Joe’s in Oakland

    Whole Foods, Telegraph
    Strauss Creamery Organic

    Clover Organic

    365 Organic

  20. Bruce says:

    What am I missing here? I was curious as to what comments such a fabulously funny and edgy comic website might attract, and here you are discussing –seriously, without any irony or humor– the price of milk, because it was part of a cartoon? Funny, huh?
    No, really…

  21. Susan Adams says:

    Actually, what I have noticed for more than 20 years is that the price of gas is often very close to the price of milk. What does THAT mean?
    Think about it. And then, wonder if it is a coincidence that you can buy both at a Shell station…
    Curiouser and curiouser!

  22. Robin Marie says:

    @Brandon Those local farmers make only a fraction of what you pay for milk, but they have to buy fuel(and a lot of it) at full price. My dad runs a “successful” Northeastern dairy farm and that means that he breaks even, or makes a couple thousand in profit over the course of a year. Seriously. The price of milk should be higher than the price of gas.

  23. Darren says:

    I would suppose that’s economics of scale?