Markup on Dog Food

by Kevin on May 6, 2008

dog food

(Photo by MShades)

The pet industry is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. We really like to take care of our pets.

Of course, we got a puppy two Saturdays ago. We have incurred expenses as you might expect — adoption fee, collar, leash, food and water bowls, food, toys… the list goes on and on.

We were in PetSmart the other day looking at dog food. The Humane Society gave us a 5 lb. bag of Science Diet for Puppies, which they recommended. We found the location of the Science Diet and did some investigation. Just like you might check the per ounce cost at the grocery store, we did the same thing with the dog food.

The per pound cost of dog food

This is what we found:

Small bag, 5 lbs.: $11

Big bag, 40 lbs.: $40

Woah… wait a second. Do the math. The small bag is $2.20 per pound. That’s practically chuck round ground beef! The big bag is only $1 per pound.

There is a significant bulk discount to buying the bigger bag. If you buy the smaller bag you pay a 120% premium. I could understand charging a little bit more for the smaller bag, but 120% seems a bit over the top.

Long story short, if you have a pet make sure you’re checking the per pound or per ounce cost of the food. Compare it to other bags from the same brand. I would imagine that generally the more you buy, the cheaper the food is.

When our free small bag runs out, we’ll definitely be getting a big bag of the dog food.

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