Publix Prices Are Too High

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My neighborhood Albertson's was bought out by Publix. Publix has not opened the store yet as they are remodeling, but after visiting another Publix five miles away from me the other day, I decided to drive five miles further to an Albertsons to stock up on things today. When the new and closer Publix opens, I will still drive to an Albertsons because here is what I noticed:

Publix is pushing their store brand everything by over-pricing most national products. It would be fine if they were like Albertsons, Winn Dixie, Target, etc. where one can expect to pay a little less for a store brand, but can also expect competitive prices on national brands. However, I noticed Publix charges national brand prices or higher for their store brands (some of which are good, some of which are really lacking in quality) and the national brand products in Publix are almost all over-priced. So basically everything in Publix is over-priced. I'm not sure who sets the prices for that chain of stores, but they may want to run a competitive analysis because $100.00 in a Publix doesn't go nearly as far as a $100 in any of the other mentioned grocery stores. Some of their prices are almost double what one can find in the others. For example...I paid $3.49 for a bowl of fresh cut watermelon in Albertsons (they offer three sizes). They were asking around $6.00 for that same size bowl in Publix!..I didnt buy it. Publix has a lot of good products, but they really need to do something about their pricing before I will shop there.

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Mar 29 #1136097

Your right, you can only buy BOGO things at Publix and sometimes they aren't special. Today I noticed Publix had Jello pudding in 4 packs for $2.50. Walmart sold the same 4 pack for $1.00. Something wrong when there's that much difference. Ask them, they will tell you what ever the market can bear. Publix caters to the rich and *** who don't care what the price is

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Jan 22 #1099191

I am in Florida for a visit and needed to go grocery shopping. Unfortunately the only grocery store besides Walmart is The over-priced Publix. I Never shop at Publix when I am home (Georgia). The Publix's prices are terribly high. Give me Kroger every time. I want my Kriger back!

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Oct 23, 2015 #1052853

I agree. The price fluctuations are as much ad 2.00. Cheese one day is on sale 2 for 5.00 (8oz each) the next day 2 for 7.29. A sale? Product placement is out of control and national brands dissappearing. Their food is produced for profit like conglomorates...using high fructose corn syrup in everything even vanilla extract where it doesn't belong. Suddenly the bottom line is more important than their neighborhood families who shop there.

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Jan 14, 2015 #931166

i though Public was your number one store.......WRONG there such a rip off :(

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Jan 14, 2015 #931163

just way to high i think its ridicules.

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Oct 01, 2013 #724031

Agree with your comments. I pay less at Winn Dixie and get foods that are just as good, quality-wise. And, earn savings on automotive fuel (diesel in my case). Publix is relatively upscale, yes, but there's a 10-15% increase in my cost for weekly groceries when I shop there.

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Jun 05, 2013 #660333 Jacksonville, Florida, United States

Went to the produce department yesterday. There were four eggplants and beat up ugly. Asked for any in the back, none, so I complained. Produce guy agreed and surprised me by giving me two for free on the "Publix Promise" which must be some initiative for cases like this to write off damaged or unacceptable food for the regular price with no alternative.

Was shopping for Mom who I only feed the best as she is a terminal patient and immobile. So I went to the organic section and picked up another eggplant, as a matter of fact, it had a bruise too that was unacceptable but was actually good besides that. Produce guy passed me again and I said thanks, only the best for Mom so I'm buying this and I'll just eat the small ones you gave me myself, look, I took a bruised one to return the favor. All cool.

Passed the bakery. No rye, but 3 feet left, rye in the deli from bakery. Priced 10% higher for the same baked dough, different slicing scheme. Beat up. Manager of deli was there with employee. Asked why is this more expensive? Answered: because it is bigger (employee). Me: but they are all 1 pound loaves, right? Answer, That's what they weigh, but the ones in deli are bigger so they cost more. Me, to manager: does this make any sense? Manager, no, I just learned something too. You can have it for the bakery price if you want I'll reprice it. Me: Thanks for the offer (at this point produce guy happens to pass by and briefly says the
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Jan 27, 2013 #599752 Orlando, Florida, United States

Love the store for cleanliness, selection and ambiance, but with all this, shopping Publix is no longer "a pleasure." Prices are skyrocketing and they're not even sneaky about it! When I complained about a single bakery item increase of $1.00, I was told that the difference is that Publix offers quality. I countered with the fact that there's no difference between Publix and other grocers in a bag of cookies, can of soup, box of tea or bottle of liquid detergent. Sadly, from now on my shopping will be done where my wallet won't take such a beating. Sadly, I see the demise of this great store because like so much of America, they got too greedy.

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tony price

Jun 26, 2012 #502304

There is something very unsavory going on with Publix. Prices overall seem too high compared to comparable retailers. I don't think they'll ever be caught..they seem too smart to allow this to happen but I do think I'll take my business elsewhere.

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Nov 25, 2011 #380122

I go the GOURMET grocers and save big bucks over Publix. I have also started contacting food mfrs and distributors to let them know they are losing sales because of Publix's ridiculous orices. $6.39 for a gallon of (name brand)milk...COME ON!! Yeah, Publix milk is less, but it's bland!

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Prime Optimus

Sep 08, 2011 #341293

Publix is quickly becoming the new (over-priced) WalMart - Especially in the way they treat their employees. Working people to death with outrageous claims of "Production Quotas" while paying non-living wages and making single Moms works six days a week part-time to get 30 hours of paid work. Their part-time labor pool resembles the labor abuses of the early 1900s, and they are quick to tell you there are ten people out there that want your (miserable) job. My girl-friend went to work there recently and in four weeks she counted NINE new people. These part-time workers who have been conned with "But, just wait until you are full-time" need to wake up and see what Publix is really doing. Their HR Plan involves intimidation and a revolving door! Her workmates call Publix "The New Walmart". It hasn't taken her long to realize she must keep looking for an honest workplace that respects the needs of a hard-working person seeking employment in a threat free environment.

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Jacob Johnson

Sep 01, 2011 #337946

:( I am so frustrated with the old produce and the food that is so outdated. They seem not to really care unless they get the best price for their produce and their store brand products. I can see that they are not willing to comply with the decrease in prices when fuel cost drop. They feel that since they are able to get the price up, they prefer to keep it high. I see the elderly suffering but still shop there. It is such a shame that they can no have specials and great deals instead of they fake signs as to how much they are saving. Or the bull on the buy one get one free. Pitiful and you can still see that American Greed at Publix. Not to mention the ammonia smelling seafood they have sold me so many times.

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Jul 31, 2011 #321148

PBULIX HAS ROTTEN FOOD AND OVER PRICED GARBAGE. Walmart BJ'S COSTCO SAM'S CLUB AND OTHERS all have better quality for much less. JENKINS and CRENSHAW have a good chance of going to jail for fraud with other Publix bosses. IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE THE FED TURNS OUT THE LIGHTS A PUBLIX. Publix has a big surprise coming

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Mr. Right

Jul 31, 2011 #321096

I used to do about 90% of my shopping at Publix. I looked at Target and even Wallmart,
every item I used to get at Publix is between 50c and 1.50 more. In some cases 25-35% more,
for the product.
So, I vote with my wallet, take your business to someone else.
PUBLIX got 2 greedy :(

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Jan 14, 2015 #931164

i agree o can go to harris teeter and git a 2 big watermelons for same price that they charge at Publix

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Bob in Orl

Jul 10, 2011 #310464

I agree that Publix prices are consistently rising. I read about their 'yield management' software that fluctuates prices to achieve max profit per volume... good business if I were them... not so good for customers. Meat is overpriced... so I buy on sale only. Overall, Publix is a great store. But I buy selectively from them these days and buy from other stores for other items. Sweetbay (great competitor to Publix) needs to come to Orlando (Oviedo, UCF), they would give Publix a good run for customers.

P.S. My biggest gripe is their subs have became really skimpy on meat and cheese (1/2 slices of cheese... come on!). I find their subs more comparable now to Subway depending on particular sub.

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Jul 01, 2011 #307068

and you do all of this behind their back i might add.

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Jul 01, 2011 #307066

You are no ones friend. when you give someone a ride home you record their conversations with you so you can come back in and play it back and laugh at them. Then try to act like you are someones friend. Whatever. some manager

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Jul 01, 2011 #307062

Publix prices are too high. The price of working at a store is also too high. A bunch of inept morons who have nothing better to do on any given day than is to *** with other employees. Record conversations you have with your employees in your car on the way home and then come back in to work and play it back so you can all stand around and laugh because it is funny. At my expense. Then tell me what a great friend you are to me. Are u *** serious? You are an *** sir. A big one. Blow something out of it and leave me alone.

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