I don’t mind paying a little extra for good quality. Especially when it come to food. I’ll gladly pay top dollar at a nice restaurant for a delicious meal and good service.
I really like the sandwiches at a particular shop even though they cost a buck or two more than my favorite subs. But they are worth it. But how much is too much for a bag of chips?
I was getting a couple of sandwiches at the shop that will remain nameless recently and I almost forgot the chips. You can’t have an Italian sandwich without the chips, right? I had already paid for the sandwich when I realized I didn’t purchase chips. So I picked up two bags of “Dirty” brand potato chips and brought them to the counter to pay. I mindlessly handed the girl working a twenty dollar bill. When I got $14.02 back for change, I asked her incredulously, “Three bucks for one bag of chips?” She replied, “No, $2.99.” Thank God because there was no way I would pay 3 bucks for chips.
I get into my car with my sandwiches and “Dirty” chips and I think, “Why didn’t I just put them back?” Then I start to feel bad and maybe a little dirty for paying so much for a standard 2 ounce size bag of chips that should cost about a dollar.
Then I think that maybe these will be the best chips I’ve ever had. I start reading the bag to see how they differ from all the other brands of chips I’ve ever eaten. Well I’m not exactly sure how the people at Frito-Lay and Cape Cod make their chips but the “Dirty” people “kettle cook” their chips “in a premium peanut oil blend for a crunchier, tastier potato chip.” Whatever that means. Do they only have one kettle?
I finally sit down to eat and of course I start with the $2.99 bag of chips. They’re crunchy like Cape Cod chips and they taste good but not $2.99 good.
I go to www.dirtys.com (careful when you google that) to find out how ouch it costs straight from the company. I find out I can get 25 2-ounce bags sent to me for $24 plus shipping. According to my calculations that’s $1.04 per bag plus shipping. That is almost a 200 % mark up. A little excessive don’t you think?
I’m over the my financial violation in the chip department. I needed to talk about it to move passed it. And I probably will still go into that shop and buy sandwiches because they are that good. I’ll just skip the chips.