Sunday, January 3, 2016

H.E.B. Continues to Cheat Customers by Not Honoring Ads for Meat Features

Typical Weekly H.E.B. Ad Circular
After our December 20, 2015 article detailing the failure of local H.E.B. Stores to tie in with their weekly meat department ads, we received acknowledgement from readers with similar observations.

One reader felt it was simply company policy to entice shoppers into the store with ads, then charge them regular price:

"Those examples are not exclusive to Brownsville , unfortunately . The same stunt is consistently pulled over at the Port Isabel store. I have to believe it's company culture , that's how they train their meat market personnel."

Here's another experience at a Brownsville store:

"I experienced this stunt, during the Christmas holidays, at Paredes Line H. E. B. I had to ask the meat market worker about the ad and he brought one from the back freezer

As we mentioned in the previous article, the likely motivation for not honoring the advertised specials in the meat department is connected to that department striving to maintain a certain gross profit for that is the way the market manager is frequently judged as to fitness and skill level.  Keeping ad items at regular price is a sneaky, dishonest way of padding the inventory.  

A big factor in such a careless attitude toward the consumer by local H.E.B. Stores is the product of having no competition. H.E.B. is practically the only game in town in terms of a full service grocer, although Walmart, a discount general merchandise outlet, now carries groceries.  
Just yesterday, I stopped at the H.E.B. Store on Central Boulevard, mainly to pick up their meat feature for grilling.  Not seeing one of their front page feature meat items on display, I asked a clerk to direct me to the item.

"Oh, we have these," she said, pointing to the same item priced much higher than the ad promised.  "What you're asking about, the family pack.  We didn't get any of those in."  

Of course, that means none were ordered to support the ad.

"How many pounds do you need?" she volunteered.  "I will go back and reprice them for you."  This is the same experience I've encountered again and again at this and other H.E.B. Stores in the city.

In larger cities across the country, it's not unusual to have three or four large, full-service supermarkets clustered together in a single neighborhood.  Not in Brownsville, though.  Kroger, Albertson's and a host of smaller, local food stores including Minimax, El Centro, King Mart, Villa Verde, Glen's Supermarket and Pace Grocery have either closed or simply left town.  Lopez, A.V. Lopez and El Globo, not competitive with H.E.B. or Walmart in terms of price or selection serve smaller neighborhoods.  Fed-Mart, the discount store originally located where the H.E.B. on  Central is now, found trucking merchandise from San Diego too costly for the store to be profitable.  Fed-Mart has since morphed into Price Club.

This near monopoly of the local grocery business has to be a factor in H.E.B.'s irresponsibility as to honoring their advertising, but it shows great disrespect for the customers and disregard for honest business practices to continue the practice.


  1. I believe this is known as a bait-and-switch and it is illegal.

  2. HEB , don't you make enough from WIC and food stamp customers, as well. Shady and shameful practice !

  3. Are you trying to shame HEB for accepting food stamps and WIC? That's funny.

  4. To 8:46 There is no shame in using WIC or food stamps. The shameful practice, I should have explained better, is not displaying the advertised meat items and reeling people in.

  5. To 8:46 There is no shame in using WIC or food stamps. The shameful practice, I should have explained better, is not displaying the advertised meat items and reeling people in.

  6. HEB almost always builds their stores near Section 8 housing projects where the welfare cockroaches can easily walk and not have to find transportation. And it is SHAMEFUL when a region such as the Rio Grande Delta has a population where nearly 3 out of 4 people have a LONESTAR CARD. It is shameful when a couple walks into a store, both in their early twenties, with four kids in the middle of the day when people are generally working a JOB. The "valley" is a cesspool of welfare cockroaches like no place I have ever seen. The day to day job for many of the valley residents is to produce children to pump up that welfare check. The valley IS a shameful place, a welfare state combined with seemingly endless corruption. The valley is the sphincter muscle of Texas. Any questions Jan. 4 at 5:38 PM.

  7. The question should be..." what are You doing down here ? ".........take your hate someplace else and good riddance ! Live and let live.

    1. Live and let live?
      Without a doubt the dumbest thing anyone could say in support of the use of other people's money so that someone can sit on thier ass and not make some type of a paycheck.
      Just fuck ing pathetic rationalization of a pathetic way to live.



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