mattwnz:sbiddle: While "average" can make this acceptable, the reason the issue is occuring is pure laziness on behalf of the store. Having been responsible for ensuring this very issue didn't occur in a past life I can tell you exactly why it occurs.
Stores have a PLU list of products that are loaded into their scales. Rather than using a specific PLU for this product the store has simply used a generic "95% fat free" PLU number for these sausages.
If you saw Campbell live last night, you will see that these companies make a lot of money in NZ,
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sbiddle: The biggest issue with food in NZ is that the pricing model is now the "Briscoes" model. Consumers expect big discounts, so manufacturers set everyday wholesale pricing that allows steep promotional discounting. What most people also don't understand is that most supermarket specials are scanback deals, where a rebate is paid back based on sales - the store isn't actually buying in stock at a cheaper price.
TwoSeven: I think the point that was being made (at least how I understood it) from Cambell Live was that a duopoly tends to sell product at the maximum price the market is willing to pay and I would also add that they have a tendancy to buy product at the minimum price the producer is willing to accept. I would think that adding more competition would lead to vendors competing for the best produce and also to get the customer.
I do take cambell live with a grain of salt. But as they said no one is looking into this on the government side, and the commerce commission has described it as a duopoly. Also many of the goods purchased weren't on special and I know that I can get many of the same goods cheaper if I shopped around and waited for specials. But I guess the point of the story was to show off the cuff purchases for common items.
But that doesn't escape the fact that food prices in NZ are too expensive. Friends from Europe have also commented how expensive food is here, even in cafes. OECD figures also don't lie.