You know public, what really grinds my gears, is this recession thing. Ok, I get it, no money, blah blah, I’m poor, woe is me. Sure it’s great now we can buy giant flat screens for bugger all with our endless pockets of disposable income but for the smaller weekly items, specifically food, something here is starting to get a little out of whack. Actually my beef is more to do with quality control vs. price during these bleak times.
Certain public expectations are being stretched, especially the definition of what is constitutes a ‘good’ pre-packed sandwich. I would like to say I am a connoisseur of the sandwich, of sorts, well at the very least I consume one a daily basis. And since being on a regular wage, I’ve fallen into the trap of buying my lunch everyday. And in this lunch a sandwich is usually is purchased and devoured. This year especially, the sandwich has taken a big hit in the price hike stakes. Ok, for the most part I’m only talking about a certain University Union, but $5.50 for a Dagwood, $5.50 for a filled Knot and $4.50 for a double triangle!. I can accept these prices but the quality needs to still be maintained, and it’s just not. I’m not talking about luxury items here but I think we have certain expectations of what these sandwiches constitute, especially the glorious ‘Dagwood’. <this is the point in the post where I begin to realise why did I start to bother writing about this, sandwich theory come on Savage! Oh well I must continue>. Well my expectation of a Dagwood are that it should be filled with a number of vegetables [salad items], meat, dressing and have nice-ish bread, and be a two-fisted eat. One of the last Dag I bought was coleslaw, some fatty thin meat and stale white bread. It was foul. I thought, this must be a one off but no, in other places, although not quite as bad, coleslaw was being used as the salad + bad meat and cheap bread. Yucko. I was finding too if I really wanted a ‘quality’ sandwich I would be being gashed for $9-$15, yes, $15 I say! For a sandwich. Ok it was warm one but come on. A collegue of mine bought a $13 in the same Union [which should be priced for the student body]. $9 was the price of the base sandwich, but with addtional avocado and bacon + $4! Streuth!
I think the solution to this problem is not to improve the quality, but to have more honesty about what you are going to get. I like this solution: Scanwiches [link]. This is one of my new favourite sites – cross-section scans of sandwiches. Brilliant, what a great idea – this is what I’m really getting! I proposal a local version, identifying where the good sandwiches exist in Dunedin and how much they are likely to cost, with graphs and reviews. Similar to Mr. Le Comte’s site for the Land of the Long Flat White.
My advice, actually until scanwiches becomes a universal system in stores is start making your own lunch, if you don’t already. It’s cheaper, you control the quality and you know what goes in it. I should’ve been doing this years ago, but I think now I can justify the 5 minutes in the morning to get ready. Not exactly a ground-breaking revelation here but consider next time when you buy your lunch, is this value for money.
You know what else really grinds my gears, that people are using the phrase ‘woop woop’ generally way to much. And old people are starting to do it to. Also why to people [esp sports people] continue to wear their high school leavers jerseys way too long after high school is over. Ok, I went to Kings, but who gives a shit NOW? Saddo. But lets leave discussing this to another time.
Good night my people. Savage out!
[‘Grinds My Gears’ segement adapted from Family Guy / Peter Griffin]
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