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Dairy Queen prices are insane

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Dairy Queen prices are insane

I noticed on their website the other day that they had a deal for "BOGO" ice cream sandwiches and dilly bars. I haven't had them in a long time and I figured why not? I went in and grabbed (2) 10 packs of dilly bars and brought them to the front. Your total comes to $25.19. I said... "Oh no, they are Buy One Get One Free" and the lady says "Yes, that's right. Each box of 10 is $23.99". Face Screaming In FearAstonished Face I just laughed and walked out. I looked and they had NO PRICES posted anywhere. I guess they just hope some sucker comes in and doesn't notice. Also noticed that 8" blizzard cakes were around $40 each, for a super small cake.

Is it just me or am I living in a bizzaro world? When did DQ become so expensive?
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Agreed, this is why I don't really go there, just to get their poutine only.
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Ya crazy prices. Only times I went was when I had the $1 Dreamsicle cone deal. Otherwise it's not worth it.
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To be fair everything is getting expensive. I mean a Mcdonalds meal is over $10 unless you use a coupon.

Their chicken strip meal is still decently priced though compared to other chains.
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The only time I've bought the DQ Blizzard is when they have it at 50% off around Christmas time. Haven't been there in almost 5+ years.
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Blame the minimum wage hike. The owners are not going to eat the raise.
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I really don't think it's that unreasonable. 10 bars for $2.39 each seems ok to me. You are getting 20 bars for $1.20 each with 2 for 1

if you walk into any convenience store and buy any type of ice cream sandwich or ice cream bar you are paying almost $3-4 each.
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Supercooled wrote: Blame the minimum wage hike. The owners are not going to eat the raise.
The prices were as high before that. When a business makes most of its money in summer months it has to raise prices to keep operations afloat throughout the year.
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Supercooled wrote: Blame the minimum wage hike. The owners are not going to eat the raise.
Really? People are still parroting that argument?

DQ has always been expensive.
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mrweather wrote: Really? People are still parroting that argument?

DQ has always been expensive.
Dunno about DQ but all the restaurants in my city have raised prices by 20-30% since the minimum wage hike
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Yes the prices are high but prices have steadily gone up everywhere, restaurant chains included. DQ in particular makes its money on ice cream treats mainly so it's not as profitable 3/4 of the year. I find the food there is fairly poor, fast food wise.

I go there for ice cream cakes about 3 or 4 times a year and blizzards occasionally too, I live close to a DQ. I'm constantly doing a double take at the cake prices, those cakes used to be around 20 dollars but I have lost track of how many years ago that was. Face With Tears Of Joy

That said, single serve treat prices are fairly comparable to random dessert shop places in town or even about the same as walking into a convience store and buying a single ice cream treat.
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Put blame where it belongs. The dairy cartel, and governments too scared of the dairy lobby to kill off this scam once and for all.
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superfresh89 wrote: Dunno about DQ but all the restaurants in my city have raised prices by 20-30% since the minimum wage hike
RFDers are always talking about "the minimum wage hike". Of course you mean Ontario's. Well every province has had minimum wage either go up or not go up at all different times compared to Ontario's, and prices are up everywhere.
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TomLafinsky wrote: It is not the prices at Dairy Queen that are insane, but the people who go there Face With Tears Of Joy
Are you talking about bbw's?
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DQ is actually the closest fast food outlet to my home for the last couple of years, so I occasionally stop in there for a milkshake, burger and fries, and a DIlly bar, which comes to around $10. But only because the receipt always offers a free Dilly bar for rating your transaction online, so I do that and get the Dilly bar on my next visit. I never see any other discount coupons for my local DQ. (... and I just got one in the junk mail!)

A&W is the next closest ff outlet, and their prices are about the same with a discount coupon. Although it irritates me that there are always 2 sets of A&W discount coupons making the rounds locally that each name a different set of local outlets - and my closest one is always the one with the higher prices. I have also noted that same local mall has a grocery store that sells 2x big, juicy, fresh lean beef hamburger patties with embedded cheese bits, ready for grilling, along with 2 fresh big delicious Kaiser buns with sesame and/or poppy seed coating if you want, for a grand total of $4. It takes 10 minutes to grill them up at home and throw on some condiments, and it's way more delicious than what I can get from either DQ or A&W.
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I always hear about how good their regular (non ice cream) food is but have never tried it.
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kindred_99 wrote: I always hear about how good their regular (non ice cream) food is but have never tried it.
Same. I've been wanting to try it for years but when I'm craving a fast food burger it never crosses my mind. I'll check my phone for a nearby A&W, BK, McD, Wendy's or Harvey's but never DQ.
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kindred_99 wrote: I always hear about how good their regular (non ice cream) food is but have never tried it.
I know. Its kinda weird to get food at a place known for ice cream.
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someone16 wrote: To be fair everything is getting expensive. I mean a Mcdonalds meal is over $10 unless you use a coupon.

Their chicken strip meal is still decently priced though compared to other chains.
You can't have 12 years of interest rates hovering around zero without hyperinflation. Shrinking product sizes and reducing quality only goes so far. It's inevitable that price increases would start to finally appear. It has nothing to do with the minimum wage, and everything to do with their landlords and suppliers demanding more money.
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DQ was our go to place before in our town but when the previous owners sold it, the overall quality of the store went down and have not gone back eaten there since then.

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