Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for September 24, 2015

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    BE THIS GUY  over 6 years ago

    Next time, give him a detailed list.

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    orinoco womble  over 6 years ago

    Where I live you have two choices: the expensive name-brand that the supermarket chooses to sell, and a house brand which is totally anonymous. What the ultra-selection markets don’t tell you is that under the label, they’re usually all made by the same two or three factories.

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    Django62  over 6 years ago

    I understand Calvin’s dad perfectly well. I have a record of walking out of the grocery without having bought for example yoghurt because I couldn’t cope with the choices. (Obviously, Germany is no difference from the US in this respect.)

    A friend of ours moved to Denmark a couple of years ago and says she was relieved. One brand of yoghurt, not that many flavors, so your worst decision was “small package or family size” or “strawberry or raspberry”?

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    ChrisLance  over 6 years ago

    @LeadingEdge Are Italian sausages meatless then?

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    phylum  over 6 years ago

    clean up in isles one three five and six please..STAT..

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    phylum  over 6 years ago

    ailes

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    phylum  over 6 years ago

    aisles

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    Your Amateur Guy  over 6 years ago

    I’ll’s

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    moosemin  over 6 years ago

    Here in America, we have two choices: enough to eat, or NOT enough to eat. I’ll take the former, Dopey Dad!.I’m sure the grocery store manager and Calvin’s school principal have had conversations together before, comparing their experiences!

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    Pithy (yeah, right)  over 6 years ago

    Companies come out with lots of different kinds so as to take up as much shelf space as possible with their products, and crowd out the other ones. In some cases (e.g. toothpaste, I suspect), apparently different varieties may actually differ mainly only in packaging.

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    bluram  over 6 years ago

    Would anyone be interested in buying a used dickshunary?

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    bluram  over 6 years ago

    So much for PBJ’s this week.

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    Bubba_Boo Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I noticed the same overwhelming choices for band-aids yesterday. There were at least 10 different kinds, not counting the type for kids.

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    mattro65  over 6 years ago

    Who cares what kind? Just make sure you have plenty of it.

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    Charlie Fogwhistle  over 6 years ago

    I think we can see where Calvin gets his style.

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    Pointspread  over 6 years ago

    This time of year it takes longer to let the ink dry.

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    KEA  over 6 years ago

    and it’s only gotten worse since this was drawn

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    tom  over 6 years ago

    At last, someone who understands my shopping! (I hate peanut butter though.)

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    bookworm0812  over 6 years ago

    Do what I do. Just go to the cheapest brand and decide on consistency there. I always go for the largest size. PB lasts a long time.

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    Thomas Scott Roberts creator over 6 years ago

    Sometimes Calvin & Hobbes can be dated by differences in technology- but these shopping strips show that some things haven’t changed much. Dad would find the same assortment on the shelves today, although perhaps gluten-free wasn’t as much a thing then.

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    Thomas Scott Roberts creator over 6 years ago

    Sometimes Calvin & Hobbes can be dated by differences in technology- but these shopping strips show that some things haven’t changed much. Dad would find the same assortment on the shelves today, although perhaps gluten-free wasn’t as much a thing then.

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    rshive  over 6 years ago

    As a guy who worked in one of those factories (not food) that sold the “same” stuff to different customers, I have to comment. Sometimes the stuff is the same. But sometimes different customers demand different specs. You may have to shut down your line, clean out and isolate equipment. Always takes crafty production planning and sometimes slows you down. May also require different analytical procedures, because you’re dealing with different levels of whatever you’re looking for, all of which often entails extra costs. It’s not always as easy as you make it sound. If our normal specs weren’t good enough for a customer, a special spec request could turn into protracted negotiations on a corporate level.

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    GROG Premium Member over 6 years ago

    I don’t like peanut butter anyway.

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    flash_in_the_pan  over 6 years ago

    Like son, like father

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    Puddleglum2  over 6 years ago

    Even Super Chunky sometimes isn’t crunchy enough for me. Smooth is too much like peanut BUTTER. Hmm, that’s what they call it, don’t they?

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    cubswin2016  over 6 years ago

    I can see everyone else discreetly heading for the other side of the store.

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    DutchUncle  over 6 years ago

    I find the reverse problem. Consider toothpaste. Our local megamart seems to have tons of shelf space dedicated to toothpaste, so one would think there is a ton of variety; yet it’s mostly 7 different sizes each of 3 main brands, with any niche brand either limited or ignored. When you ask why they stopped carrying a product you particularly liked, they say that it wasn’t selling enough . . . well, yes, if you only have a handful on the shelf and don’t re-stock it as quickly and are out of it half the time, people will buy whatever else is available while they’re standing there in the store, so of course the default crap sells more.

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    Aaron Saltzer  over 6 years ago

    Now I know where Calvin gets it from.

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    dflak  over 6 years ago

    Women’s bras! I walked into Kohl’s the other day. 90,000 sq feet of space, 50,000 of it devoted solely to bras.

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    Ginny Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Now we know where Calvin gets his sense of the ridiculousness.

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    neverenoughgold  over 6 years ago

    Like I said earlier, life was a lot simpler 40-50 years ago, and we got along just fine without so many choices!

    When I first started selling Toro lawnmowers in 1962, there were three models; a 19" push, 21" push, and a 21" self-propelled! When I sold that business back in 1991, we had more than 12 different choices; and that was just the walk behind mowers…

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    DavStevens  over 6 years ago

    Sears makes nothing, but puts their name on things other companies make (Craftsman, Kenmore). I’ve always found that reprehensible.

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    Timothy Madigan Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Who knew Calvin’s dad was Bernie Sanders.

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    Number Three  over 6 years ago

    Smooth Peanut Butter for me every time! I’m obviously in the minority though because I think everybody loves the chunky.

    xxx

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    jim_pem  over 6 years ago

    Well, now we see where Calvin gets it from.

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    moosemin  over 6 years ago

    In New England (and maybe further out) there was a chain of small stores named “Kennedy’s Butter Store” Among other things, they made their own peanut butter fresh; it needed refrigeration, and they would scoop it out of a large tub and pack it for you into a container. God in Heaven, it was delicious! Very peanuty! The last one I remember was in Beverly Mass, when I was a freshman in college. A long time ago, and long time gone!

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    Susie Derkins :D  over 6 years ago

    Peanut Butter is good for a song. I bet his dad wants to be a singer.

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    ACTIVIST1234  over 6 years ago

    We see what Calvin will be like as an adult. Poor wife.

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    Whatdoesxequal  over 6 years ago

    How old is this comic? Calvin and Hobbes stopped being written in 1995.

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    lindz.coop  over 6 years ago

    I just want the kind that doesn’t separate with 2 inches of oil floating on top — yuck!!

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    neverenoughgold  over 6 years ago

    I like plain peanut butter! If I want lumps in my PBJ sandwich, I’ll use strawberry preserves…

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    boomyoboom  over 6 years ago

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    boomyoboom  over 6 years ago

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    weatherford.joe Premium Member over 6 years ago

    Ok, Gramps. We get it. You don’t like multiple options.

    Hmmm… it seems that this isn’t the first time Calvin’s dad has gone through this. Maybe mom should do the shopping.

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    talacker  over 6 years ago

    I guess he is just a Bernie Sanders socialist.

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    moosemin  over 6 years ago

    “Eveningwear!”

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