Originally Posted by Ambulo
They had better keep their tax well away from plain full-fat yogurt
That's what I was thinking when I read that list too! I'm hoping what they mean is that it'll only refer to the sugar loaded, flavored low fat/fat free yogurts.
I've never seen BOGO deals on yogurts, but then maybe I don't get out enough. Or maybe it's a UK thing, not common in the US, since yogurt actually has some food value as a dairy product, even if the sugary stuff isn't much different from candy.
In the store where I worked, BOGO was not the same as a half-price deal. You needed to scan the 2nd item, then the system deducted the price of the 2nd (or lower priced) item - we could not simply sell one at half price. This was so that the store would receive proper credit for the number of items sold on BOGO, and maintain accurate computer assisted inventory records. In part it had something to do with inventory values - items added to the system at full price, inventoried at full price, needed $$ credit from the manufacturer/distributor in order to not completely mess up inventory records. Not all stores do it like that though.
At any rate, almost everything that was on BOGO was utter junk - 12-packs of soda, bread, cookies, chips, candy, cereal....
But the exact same items would frequently go on sales with similar price per item as the BOGO deal's end price. Sometimes those items would cost a little more than the BOGO price, sometimes a little lower than the BOGO price. In case people haven't noticed, the regular price for a single of the BOGO item when there's a BOGO sale often goes up
a little during the BOGO sale, then back down
to the regular selling price the next week. So in case the stores and manufacturers haven't figured this out yet, all they really need to do to get around the BOGO on junk food prohibition is to offer the same junk at half price, or a special deal that's as good as BOGO, or almost as good as BOGO.
The idea of getting a BOGO might bring in a lot of bargain minded customers, but it won't be long before more customers become more price savvy, and will recognize that they're getting a "might as well buy 2 at this price" deal.
In other words, I don't think eliminating BOGO deals on junk food is going to do much at all to decrease junk food sales, at least not for very long.