The Green Light Banana Trick

I was at my neighborhood grocery store just routinely shopping when I decided I wanted some bananas.

As I approached the produce section, I could see the jewels from afar.

“Wow, those look green!” I thought to myself.

I love buying green bananas because then I can keep them for a while and I’m not forced to eat them fast before they spoil.

I was amazed at my luck. The last time I had bought bananas, they were already too ripe.

But upon closer examination, the bananas weren’t as green as I thought. Surely my eyes weren’t playing tricks on me!

I looked up, and I could see two green lights shining brilliantly upon the bananas.

Now I’m not one to berate marketers, but this is just outright trickery. And it makes me wonder how long I’ve been buying bananas without noticing.

So next time your shopping, keep a look out for the marketing trickery. I’m almost positive there is a “red light” shining on some tomatoes out there.

15 Comments

  1. ))
    You reminded me of a story about bananas.
    In one family they bought a huge pack of bananas. Mother said: “Hey, guys, first of all, let us eat those that are slightly spoiled.” So, the whole family enjoyed spoiled bananas for a week))

    That is always like that with bananas.

    Let’s discuss here some more market tricks.

    I used to buy coffie at the bar nearby my University. There were two kinds of instant coffie – coffie with cream and 3-in-1. Coffie with cream was more expensive.
    Once we came to the bar and a friend told me: “Order 3-in-1, man. Always.”
    “But, why?”
    He answers: “Listen, there is only one kind of instant coffie here. It is labelled “Coffie with Cream and Sugar: 3-in-1” )))
    Coffie with cream sounds more expensive))))

  2. That’s amazing. I find it believable and as you mentioned I’m curious to see what other tricks these grocers have. You were baited but did you buy the bananas?

  3. Jayson »

    I did buy some bananas 🙂

  4. No-hero movie »

    Gotta love marketing speak. Thanks for the examle.

  5. 2 Ronald

    That is one of quite innocent ones.

    Unfortunatelly, they do a lot of stuff that may even be considered criminal – like putting some old meat in water just before the openning of the store, so it can look more fresh..
    But sometimes they invent something unique)))

  6. hi, this isn’t a comment about the blog you wrote about the greenlight banana trick…anyway i read alot of ur things and they are truly inspiring i have my disagrees with some but i really enjoy reading ur blogs. I think ur a very interesting person…

  7. Jona »

    Thanks Jona. I appreciate your comments.

  8. Thanks Ronald!
    Veru interesting.

  9. Wow, that’s really shady. Brilliant, too, but totally shady. I’ll definitely be checking my bananas a little more carefully in the future!

  10. I also hate when stores “inadvertently” put sale signs in the wrong place. I’ve been tricked by this way too many times

  11. 2 Stephanie:

    Yes!! That is the most stupid and annoying trick ever! You spend ages to find the right one that is usually somewhere else))

  12. This is hillarous! I bet those grocery store clerks have more tricks up their sleeves.

  13. A clear case of bananafakery. The FBA should hear of this (Federal Bananafakery Administration).

    I’ll have to look for this one.

  14. @Kirk

    Now go and start saying Bananafakery 10 times fast. 🙂

  15. that is not surprising. walmart doesn’t do that though.

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