NEAT OR LAX? – Marilyn Armstrong

Weekly Word Prompt: Neat vs Lax?

You know? I don’t care if they are lined up or in a heap in a barrel in the aisle. All I care about is that they not be on the top shelf where I can’t possibly reach whatever it is.

Neat or messy, I don’t care. But please! Put it where I can get to it!

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

17 thoughts on “NEAT OR LAX? – Marilyn Armstrong”

  1. Top shelves have gotten higher and higher, and bottom shelves lower and harder to get to the back of. I obviously know this for a fact being a stocker for two decades. They somehow find ways to cram even more useless merchandise on the shelves rather than focusing on having the best products out and where people can actually get to them. You can always tell which products the store brass want you to buy to increase their profits, because those will be the first items you see in a particular aisle, and will be at chest and eye level on the shelf…

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  2. Drives me nuts! I have to get on my tip toes to reach some products and bend as far as I can (the distance gets more dangerous by the bend) to get to others. Manufacturers are making their products half the size at the same price, and I find that disturbs my sense of justice. It seems that prices keep rising while my fixed income of Social Security remains the same. My middle-class standing is becoming a sitting one.

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  3. The way supermarkets are arranged is specifically meant to attract customers eyes to things they are pushing. I understand that if manufacturers want prime shelf space they may have to pay more for it. It’s also the reason that they sometimes reaarrange the store so that people like me who have a set route through the store that only takes me down the aisles I need to visit get a shake up. You get to where you thought the canned tomatoes were and it’s Coke or something. It’s supposed to make you impulse buy. In reality it just makes us mad. The other gripe I hear a lot from shoppers is that they can’t find their favourite brands because the store has discontinued it in favour of their house products. So we have less choice.

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    1. Because the “psychology of shopping” they use to design stores has nothing to do with real people who actually shop. I have NO idea where they’ve gotten their data, but it’s simply not true. We buy what we intend to buy and if they put it someplace that’s hard to find, we just get annoyed, but we’ll find it and buy it anyway. Their system truly doesn’t work. And it really IS annoying.

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      1. I remember learning about this when I attended some course back in my railway days and I thought it was interesting but not relevant to me as I always shopped with a list. Now I buy online so I don’t have to worry about it but I think they don’t care how we shop. They are trying to control us to do what they want.

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