With 300,000 workers earning less than $1200 per month, and thousands without jobs, people digging dustbins for aluminium cans to get by....... a very observant Justin Zhuang notices his fast food pricing is not quite right. The discount on his combo meals is not consistent.....he is so troubled....this issue appears to be a big problem for him. Big enough for him to write to the Straits Times, big enough for the Straits Times to set aside precious space to print his letter. Our education system really help our youths focus on the really important stuff in life....
Yes we are all so lucky to be living in Singapore where things like fast food pricing is an important issue......
Same fries and drink but different combo prices
MY GIRLFRIEND and I were having dinner at Carl's Junior when she noticed that the price differences for the combos did not make sense. A combo consists of a burger plus fries and a drink.The differences between the price of a combo and the burger should be equal as the extras - fries and a drink - were similar in all combos. This was not the case.
For instance: It did not make sense that a customer would have to pay more for fries and a drink as part of a combo because of the choice of burger. After all, the only difference in the combos is the burger and they are priced differently.
If price were my primary concern, I would choose the cheaper combo. However, we decided to order a combo and a burger alone, and this was where the problem arose.
I ordered a Western Bacon Cheeseburger Combo and a Famous Star Burger and it cost me $13.10. However, if I had ordered a combo for the Famous Star and just a Western Bacon Cheeseburger, my meal would have cost just $12.40.
Essentially, both choices gave me the same items - two burgers, a pack of fries and a drink - but because of this irregularity in pricing, I ended up paying more. This price difference was also present in its other combos.
On further thought, I realised that something like this could also happen in other fast-food chains. A quick check on the prices at McDonald's supported this observation. However, the price discrepancies were not as significant.
Could the respective fast-food chains explain why is there such a price difference in the meals and combos when the extras we are paying for are the same things?
Are consumers aware of this? In my case, a more informed choice would have saved me quite a bit.
Justin Zhuang Yukang