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Bulk Barn Prices high?

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Nov 15, 2013
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Every time I go to the Bulk Barn I come away disappointed with a lighter wallet. Even a friend of mine who managed a Bulk barn with her husband for years no longer shops at them saying their prices have gone through the roof. That aside, I find their teas very expensive and they are not well looked after in that they seem to be cross contaminated with the assam tasting like fruit was added, the Earl Grey is of poorest quality and a strong perfume smell of a cheap bergamont. The Ceylon tea is of poor quality and too bitter or acid. If anyone who takes these teas think they are good, then they don't know their teas. Having lived abroad and in the UK for many years I think I can say I know something, plus I used to purvey teas and spices from abroad. The toasted wheat germ is obviously rancid with that acid oil smell that rancid things have. Having been in the health industry for over 40 years, I can say that the Bulk Barn rates on par, for me, with the Good Will stores who take something free and charge higher prices, make money off the backs of the poor and unsuspecting. They may have been good one time, but now it is a money making machine, the lowest form of health food shops....I am just frustrated by the crap I am offered sometimes.
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Feb 4, 2017
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I bought 20 grams of crushed chili peppers at Bulk Barns and almost dropped when they asked for over $2 for it. In comparison, Walmart wanted $1.97 for a 200 gram bag, so I bought that one and returned BB's pitiful little bag to them for refund. Another example is their peanuts -- a complete ripoff!! BB wants $7.00 a kilogram (70 cents/100 g) yet Walmart sells theirs for $3.97. I've never seen ANY store that has the gall to ask $7 for a 1-kg bag of peanuts in the shell. Be VERY careful shopping at Bulk Barn. Many or perhaps most items are over-priced.
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Mar 31, 2017
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Nice resurrection of a 4 year old thread. If you still don't know Bulk Barn prices are really, really inflated then you've been living in a cave. That place is for the mathematically challenged.
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Mar 14, 2006
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I only buy spices at Bulkbarn. Pretty cheap.
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Jan 2, 2012
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My math might be off but I find buying their steel cut oats when its on sale and combining with a 3 off 10 coupon is cheaper then buying elsewhere.
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Ya generally they are overpriced on many items especially Nuts. Costco is the cheapest when it comes to Nuts.
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I think Bulk Barn has done well on making the shopping experience feel like winning the lottery. They probably know that and probably raised their prices to match that.
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Feb 4, 2017
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carmaster wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 1:31 pm
Ya generally they are overpriced on many items especially Nuts. Costco is the cheapest when it comes to Nuts.
I sent an email to Bulk Barn asking them to justify the price of their roasted in-shell peanuts at $7 a kilo. If they answer, which I doubt they will (as they can't possible say anything convincing), I'll post the reply. I pointed out that Walmart wants $3.97 for the same quantity.
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I only buy if on sale and I have a $3 off a $10 purchase coupon.

Otherwise there is not much cheap at Bulk Barn. I see people buying bags of stuff there - I don't think they know their pricing.
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paulosaysctsucks wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 1:48 pm
I sent an email to Bulk Barn asking them to justify the price of their roasted in-shell peanuts at $7 a kilo.
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If they ever respond back. They will say "our peanuts are premium quality".
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Dec 23rd, 2010 10:23 am
This is very true. It's about $1/lb there for steel cut oats vs $6/lb at Brunos (for Mccan's). Not sure the price at loblaws, but it can't beat BB.

Also, I always go in there for a couple dollars worth of steel cut oats, and leave with $50 worth of candy, chocolate and rice cracker mix. I think I may have a BB problem...
I buy my steel cut oats at Aldi in the States - 2.5 lb cardboard cylinder for $2.29. Somehow I can't bring myself to purchase anything at Bulk Barn after watching people sticking their hands in the bins to graze.
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Jan 2, 2012
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plymouthhater wrote:
Nov 1st, 2017 3:28 pm
I buy my steel cut oats at Aldi in the States - 2.5 lb cardboard cylinder for $2.29. Somehow I can't bring myself to purchase anything at Bulk Barn after watching people sticking their hands in the bins to graze.
Anyone grazing in their steel cut oats are going need some new teeth Face With Tears Of Joy On sale their oats are 21cents per 100g, so at 2.1 per kg, its a pretty good price.
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I prefer this for slightly more money - no danger of dirty hands, dirty scoops, people sneezing on my oats :
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