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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.

Writer and software engineer Ronald Huereca has been a developer at notable agencies like iThemes and 10up. His varied background has him working with WordPress since 2006, eventually creating his own plugin which, of course, lead to more. He spends quite a bit of his time volunteering with the WordPress project as a core and polyglot contributor. With all of his passions, writing has been the way Ronald expresses himself best. He has written both technical books as well as fiction. Some of his works include Project Mayhem, Mindefusement, and WordPress and Ajax. “You can only delay the inevitable” is his favorite quote. Ronald enjoys reading Stephen King and John Grisham. When he’s not writing, Ronald dreams of building websites filled with cats yawning, disclaimers his strong opinions, sings karaoke, and advocates for empathy surrounding mental health.

15 thoughts on “The Green Light Banana Trick”

  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. 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)))

  4. 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…

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