Buyer beware – bulk bins are not the bargain you may believe.
Despite what many consumers may assume – the Herald found packaged products were almost always cheaper than their brandless bulk bin counterparts.
At 27 cents/100g packaged Pams oats at New World were less than half the price of loose oats and Pams red lentils were nearly two thirds cheaper to buy in a packet (36 cents/100g).
The story was the same at Pak’n Save with loose oats selling for nearly twice the price of packaged oats.
At Countdown red lentils were a third cheaper pre-packed: 66 cents/100g compared to 99 cents/100g loose.
In each case the Herald sought out the cheapest packaged option available.
Where different sizes were available smaller packets tended to have higher prices per 100g.
Wellington woman Patricia Thompson was shocked to discover the price difference when she began embarking on a zero-waste lifestyle earlier this year.