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Would you shop at a store that sells expired food at a discount?

Posted by on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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New Grocery Store Sells Only Expired Food but at Least You'll Save Money!

by Adriana Velez 

expiration date eggWhat if you went grocery shopping and all of the food on the shelves had expired beyond its sell-by date? Well, that could very well become a reality -- but on purpose. The former president of Trader Joe's is opening a chain of grocery stores that sell expired foods in May. The idea is to sell wholesome, healthy food that's just barely past its prime, but is still safe to eat. At a discount! And as a bonus, you're saving the Earth from a lot of waste as well. There, now does that sound a bit more palatable? Here's how it'll work.

The chain is called Daily Table, and it's part grocery, part cafe. It will sell the expired foods nearby conventional supermarkets would otherwise throw out. Since you usually have a few days there between the sell-by date and the actual date when the food spoils, the groceries will still be safe to eat.

I could give you all the mumbo-jumbo about how Americans throw out 40 percent of our food every year and all the millions of dollars that wastes. But is that even on your mind when you go grocery shopping? The real draw is going to be the prices.

Will people think it's worth it to pay less for groceries that aren't pristine-fresh?

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Some stores do a form of this already -- they'll mark down groceries that are near their sell-by date. And some of them are just careless and sell expired food accidentally. Who hasn't brought home something expired at one point or another? But I think selling slightly expired food makes sense. As long as the food is still good, and the people buying it understand that they have to use it right away, it's a fair trade-off.

I'm sure they'll be some stigma to shopping there. You know -- like if your kids' friends find out you get your groceries from the "expired food" store, there could be some teasing. But that aside, I think this idea could definitely help out a lot of strapped families.

Would you shop at a store that sells expired food at a discount? How much would you trust it?

by on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:00 AM
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momrocks2000
by Bronze Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM

No.  I don't think I would shop at a store like that.  We have food auctions (i've heard) that already do this, I would not take a chance on poisoning my family. 

mich2.0
by on Jan. 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM

I would buy certain foods. Idk if I could do meat, but other things I might consider.

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM
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i will say no to this...it's one thing if something runs out that i already have at home...but to go pay money for expired? is this legal?





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Firenygirl180
by Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:40 AM
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We frequently buy short dated products to save money. Most food is good for Some time after the date on the package.

We'd definitely shop at a store like this, but we'd be picky about what we bought.
Firenygirl180
by Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM
In Michigan it is illegal to offer expired products for sale. Like to even have them on the shelf.

I'm guessing it's legal somewhere or they will have to get special permits.

Quoting aneela:

i will say no to this...it's one thing if something runs out that i already have at home...but to go pay money for expired? is this legal?





mom4awesomekids
by Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM
No
OBImomma
by Silver Member on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:45 AM
No. I don't think I would.
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aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

yeah i cannot understand why not donate the short dated items to places that need them instead of trying to make a profit...

Quoting Firenygirl180: In Michigan it is illegal to offer expired products for sale. Like to even have them on the shelf.

I'm guessing it's legal somewhere or they will have to get special permits.

Quoting aneela:

i will say no to this...it's one thing if something runs out that i already have at home...but to go pay money for expired? is this legal?






mich2.0
by on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:53 AM


Quoting aneela:

yeah i cannot understand why not donate the short dated items to places that need them instead of trying to make a profit...

Quoting Firenygirl180: In Michigan it is illegal to offer expired products for sale. Like to even have them on the shelf.

I'm guessing it's legal somewhere or they will have to get special permits.

Quoting aneela:

i will say no to this...it's one thing if something runs out that i already have at home...but to go pay money for expired? is this legal?






Because that's generally not legal. Plus, can you imagine the outrage of feeding the homeless expired food? As if to say ''these second class citizens deserve second class food".

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Jan. 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

i said short dated not actually expired just for clarification..i know some groceries send their short dated items to shelters...i never said expired...

Quoting mich2.0:


Quoting aneela:

yeah i cannot understand why not donate the short dated items to places that need them instead of trying to make a profit...

Quoting Firenygirl180: In Michigan it is illegal to offer expired products for sale. Like to even have them on the shelf.

I'm guessing it's legal somewhere or they will have to get special permits.

Quoting aneela:

i will say no to this...it's one thing if something runs out that i already have at home...but to go pay money for expired? is this legal?






Because that's generally not legal. Plus, can you imagine the outrage of feeding the homeless expired food? As if to say ''these second class citizens deserve second class food".


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