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Everything Shelved by Price

Cheap to the left, middling in the middle aisles, expensive to the right.
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"A Different Layout for a Supermarket"

Cheap to the left, Middling in the middle aisles, expensive to the right. Everything priced by weight or by unit. ( Make things as easily comparable as possible. Maybe have a pullout cardboard chart so things in other aisles can be compared without walking back and forth. )

I wonder what would happen, and who would shop there.

Would they pretend to shop the expensive aisles?

Would some suppliers boycott such a store ? Why ?

Would comparison shopping be easier or harder to do ?

"Only from the first three aisles of the store, now Martha." or special credit/debit cards restricted to certain aisles.

If the grocer puts an item on sale, would he have to move it ?

Freezers and refrigerators on all aisles ? or cross the back of the store.

Once you know your usual price quality decision, could just ignore two thirds of the store ? That could make the walk around the store much shorter.

Finding stuff would depend on knowing it's price or Each aisle could have the same format. drinks, then veg, then meat, then liquor, then pet food and so on back into the depth of the aisle.


Wonder if anyone ever tried to run a store this way ?

popbottle, Dec 23 2014


       By weight or by unit?
pocmloc, Dec 23 2014

       So, start at the cheap end and buy the first one you encounter that meets your quality standards? Hmm, it would be annoying when you miss an item in the cheap section. Now if the general store layout stayed the same but they always arranged similar items with the cheapest on the left, that could be useful.   

       Another way to organize it could be price per calorie. Or maybe better yet, price per nutritionally complete calorie.
scad mientist, Dec 23 2014

       // Wonder if anyone ever tried to run a store this way ?   

       Poundland, but it didn't make any difference.
not_morrison_rm, Dec 23 2014

       Poundland seems to be a single price store like the $.99 Cents Only store or Dollartree.   

       I suppose if you had dollar store and five dollar and a 10 dollar store and 100 dollar store next door to each other, it would be a bit similar. but not quite.
popbottle, Dec 24 2014

       I have always wanted clothes store to group their clothes BY SIZE. I mean, why should I look at stuff that is the wrong size- I am not going to buy it and try to change size? After I waste some time looking for my size, I usually leave without buying anything. Then a few years later, I do it again. - lew
bungston, Dec 25 2014

       At the original J.L. Hudson store in Detroit you could buy the same items in the basement level as on the higher floors for lower cost. The higher floors had fancier decor.
cudgel, Dec 30 2014

       English pubs used to have a saloon bar and a public bar. You paid slightly more for beer in the saloon bar, and would get angried at by the barman if you bought beer in the public bar and took it through to the saloon bar.
MaxwellBuchanan, Dec 30 2014


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