Rant on Sobeys

A neighbor always asks why we don’t shop more at the Sobeys store. See, he bought some Sobeys stock a couple of years ago. I like him, and want the stock to do well for him, so this is a public service message.

Sobeys is the most expensive grocery store in the entire Toronto. We shop for the bulk of our food at the Whole Foods store and the local market, but Sobeys is the closest, so sometimes we go there for convenience. Even the Whole Foods, known for its ‘not very low prices’ beat Sobeys, by a wide margin, on organic and regular products.

Sobeys prices are outrageous as it is, and 2 out of 3 times we go there, we end up getting stiffed! They overcharge on their already ridiculous sticker prices by 20 to 50 cents. So I buy 4 items, and 2 of them scan wrong, and I end up “gifting” $0.50-$1 Sobeys? Not so fast.

I’m very tired of having to dispute the prices, then wait for the cashier take the time to slowly check if I’m lying. Then, she looks down on me like I’m such a loser for not overpaying. I especially “enjoy” this attitude from a bright-pink-haired girl with about 8 piercings in her face. She probably thinks “Even I can afford to overpay to this wonderful corporation”.

I understand that they assume I want the item for free, but I always insist that I just want to pay the correct price. (In Ontario there’s a law that says if an item’s scanned price is higher than the posted shelf price, you get the item for free, up to $10.)

It’s not that I can’t afford an extra 20 to 50 cents (let me remind you – on the already highly inflated prices). It’s a matter of the principle.

Since it’s happened about 50 times since spring – no exaggeration! – I’m confident it’s their corporate policy. I have noticed that Canadians are generally very shy, and even if they do dispute something at the cash, they blush and apologize to everyone in the line. It must not happen very often and worth an occasional free item. Just think how much more they pull in by scalping off a few cents here and there.

I just feel mad, not embarrassed, when this happens.

Also, briefly, they’re definitely not “fresh obsessed” (I know it’s the Dominion’s slogan, just saying that Sobeys is not like that – at all). Stuff is allowed to go bad right on the shelves.

I avoid going to the Sobeys stores unless I absolutely have to. Oh, and Sobeys – you suck.


  1. Hi Eric,
    hope you enjoyed it LOL

    I often wanted to write this, but during the 5 minute walk home it normally airs out. I was just extra mad today. Paid $6.08 for a pack of rye crisps and 943ml of milk.

    You’re very quiet today – that may be worse than a -777 point day. You’re giving me the heebeejeebees 🙂

  2. I just find this a hard game to play… and i think the most likely thing is “no deal”…

    I’m kind of wishing I’d have put some cash to work monday….

    I also think it’s hard to really create panic crash moves, in a bear..

  3. Skitters

    I shopped at Sobey’s here on the east coast for 11 years, believing there were no other cost effective options. Boy was I wrong. Two weeks ago I shopped for groceries, and after giving them over 70$ for a few items, I came home and thought…”There is no way on my current budget that I can keep this up!”

    Soooo I went looking for a better option. And found it, a small shop that sells primarily, frozen and fresh meat, fish, chicken etc…I bought enough meat for a whole week’s worth of meals for 25$ (4 breasts of chicken at Sobey’s cost 23$) so I got an awesome deal…I then stopped at a vegetable stand, and got all my veggies for the week. WOW…for 39$ a little over half what I spent at Sobey’s for 2 days worth, I was ahead of the game. I did go to Sobey’s (their milk and cola is cheaper), and picked that up…

    Sorry Sobey’s, you will not sell me any more meat or veggies.

    Not had them overcharge me for items, but then again I’ve never really checked that before. I will from now on. thanks for your post.

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