Buying in bulk and thus saving money is out of reach of many low-income shoppers

by ParentCo. May 13, 2016

Many low-income shoppers, a study finds, miss out on the savings that come with making purchases in bulk.

“One of the great ironies in modern America,” writes Mehrsa Baradaran in her 2015 book How the Other Half Banks, “is that the less money you have, the more you pay to use it.”

Her point—that when people don’t have much, a single dollar in some ways doesn’t go as far as it otherwise would—extends to several other parts of Americans’ financial lives, including how they shop.

Two of American shoppers’ (and marketers’) favorite money-saving strategies, the limited-time offer and buying in bulk, come with savings that are more accessible to some consumers than others. Choosing to buy things when they’re on sale or packaged in huge quantities is something lots of shoppers may take for granted as a matter of preference, but for many, these purchases—and the savings that come with them—are out of reach.

Source: The Privilege of Buying 36 Rolls of Toilet Paper at Once


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