Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Really? $1.29?

So, I went to Wendy's the other day.  I usually get the Junior Bacon Cheeseburger (JBC), a five piece chicken nugget, a small fry, and a small frosty.  It's usually a little more than I need, but includes all of my favorite things and is all on the dollar menu.  When I went, the JBC was no longer on the dollar menu... it was $1.29.

Now, I recognize that $.29 is not much, but it still irks me a little that Wendy's is trying to gouge me.  The JBC is not a large sandwich.  It does contain bacon, which adds a little to the price.  I know that economicly times are tough, but really, Wendy's? Are things really going so poorly that you had to take it off the dollar menu?  Didn't you try this a few years ago and realize that $1.29 is just not what the customer wants to pay?

                                  "The JBC is not a large sandwich"

I have no delusions that any Wendy's Executive will ever read this, but how companies operate does bother me a little.  I'm a poor college student.  I probably eat out more than I should, but I really can't afford to do it much more than I do.  Will $.29 break me?  No.  If EVERY restaurant raises the price on my favorite item $.29, I may have to cut back on my restaurant visiting, and I don't think I'm alone in this.  I talk to college students every day, and many of them are worse off financially than I am.  Corporations, I know that money is nice to have.  I have a little and I enjoy that little, so I do see where you're coming from, but please try to think of the rest of us who thoroughly enjoy the joys a JBC off the dollar menu.  If prices keep raising, we may not be able to enjoy life as much.

This all sounds a little melodramatic, and it is.  I won't die without my JBC for a dollar. But isn't life about the little things?  Even just a nice hamburger when your day isn't going so well?  Anyway, just thought it was sad the price raised.


  1. Have you ever thought about how it is even possible that Wendy's can sell this burger plus fries and what not for 1$?!!!! The bun, the meat.... The manpower it takes to prepare it, not to mention the energy... It is an incredible price as it is... Obviously it's weird that the dollar menu costs more than a dollar.... but seriously....

  2. Hey Franzi! :) I actually have thought about how blessed we are to have good cheap food. But, imagine if I were the manufacturer of Kinder Eggs. I have been able to make them, pay the workers, keep up the factory, and make a pretty significant profit by selling them for a dollar. Then I think, "Hey, wouldn't it be cool if I could make even MORE profit? I'll hike up the price by fifty cents." It would still be a good price for the eggs, but you can't tell me you wouldn't be a little annoyed by me not being happy with making $200,000 a year, and making you pay fifty cents more for the same candies you enjoy.

  3. NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just texted my husband! This is bad!!!

  4. Hey... I just wanted to thank you for the great and somewhat profound comment you made on my blog earlier today. I really liked it!

    As for your above dilemma, well for a buck, you have to wonder if the meat is actually meat... eek! But in any event, I remember being a fairly poor 20 something year old who rolled her pennies in order to be able to buy KD and tuna at the case lot sales, so 29 cents, is 29 cents when you don't have a lot of money.

  5. @ Missy
    I know right? I mean, I'll still buy them, but it won't seem as satisfying.

    @Average Girl
    Thanks for the thanks. I do the best I can.

    And I'd really rather not think about what's in any fast food... I'd probably get grossed out. :)

  6. Dude. Don't assume that is actually bacon. Spam can be shaped and made to taste like anything. Just sayin.

  7. Thanks for the tip. I'll keep that in mind while I'm clogging my arteries (sp?). :)

  8. I'd get more angry at the fact that Wendy or Kinder Chocolate executives make £200'000 a year and that the guy or girl behind the counter actually serving burgers or selling Kinder Eggs has to make ends meet with minimum wages.... I think, fair and reasonable prices and fair wages should go together.... Too bad, they hardly ever do....

  9. Honestly, if I knew the $.29 was going to give the workers a better Christmas or better pay, I'd be down with paying it, but I suspect it's doing neither of those.