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Nelson, J. H. (Professor of business)||File, Clinton M.||Thistlethwaite, Robert L.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

Legacy Department

Department of Business Administration


Trading-stamps; Grocery trade--Illinois


Many people are of the opinion that chain-owned grocery stores sell merchandise for less money than do independent-owned grocery stores. It is also a common belief that any grocery stares offering trading stoops Hill charge a higher price for its merchandise than will a grocery store that does not offer trading stamps. Statement of the problem. It is the purpose of this study (l) to compare the prices charged for thirty-seven food and non-food items in the grocery stores located in DeKalb and Whiteside Counties; (2) to show the difference between the prices charged for these thirty-seven products in independent-owned and chain-owned grocery stores; and (3) to determine whether or not grocery stores that offer trading stamps tend to sell the thirty-seven products at higher prices than those stores that do not offer trading stamps. Limitations. This study is limited to the grocery stores in DeKalb and Whiteside Counties. No independent grocery stores will be included in this survey unless more than two full time employees are currently employed. Meat and produce items will not be included in the list of products because day to day price changes are common among such items.


Includes bibliographical references.


v, 60 pages




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