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I don't think Wal-Mart is selling gluten-free items at a loss so therefore it means only one thing and that is the so-called speciality stores are "ripping us off".

Tom

Tom, I think you are absolutely right. This is something I have been complaining about for over a year. Rice flour, potato starch, and tapioca starch are 69 cents a pound at my local Asian grocery. Corn starch is all of 89 cents for a one pound box. Yes, Xanthan gum is expensive--but you only use a teaspoon or two for two cups of gluten-free flour--so all these mixes are UNBELIEVABLY overpriced, as are the premade pizza crusts, loaves of bread (well, they taste more like styrofoam), etc.

I make "pancake mix" in bulk. I guess I could sell it and make a fortune, but somehow it just seems unethical. So I posted my recipe for bulk pancake mix, and also the one I use for pizza crust (that's another one that gets me mad--they sell premade frozen gluten-free pizza crusts for $7.99? UNTOPPED? And it costs, what, about 70-80 cents to make one twice as big, and it takes about 5 minutes to measure and mix?)

If you can't find them and want them, let me know and I'll repost them.

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This isn't about brownies or cake mixes, but WalMart's boxed potatoes (scalloped and au gratins) are gluten-free and are just as good as the name brand ones.......says gluten-free right on the box........and so much cheaper. I try to keep them on the shelf all the time. I am a huge fan of WalMart, I don't care what anyone says and I sure wish one was closer to where I lived, I would shop there exclusively. I live 45 minutes from the nearest one, so with the gas prices what they are, I don't go as often as I used to. Those of you that are lucky to live near one can save a lot of money. Barbara

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:rolleyes: I am so glad that WAL MART HAS HEARD OUR CRIES>> I BOUGHT THE SAME BROWNIES I am so glad and the price was pretty low.... Super Wal mart has a bigger selection of GLUTEN FREE stuff each week...

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Check the regular Wal-Marts, too!! I didn't find it at the two super Wal-Marts that I went to but the GFP mixes were at the regular Wal-Mart in with the other baking mixes.

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me angry for a different reason. I don't think Wal-Mart is selling gluten-free items at a loss so therefore it means only one thing and that is the so-called speciality stores are "ripping us off".

Tom

As an owner of a "specialty" store I can tell you Wal-Mart sells their items for about what it costs me to get them from my distributor.

Unlike us little guys who generally purchase our products through a distributor, which has to earn money to stay in business too, Wal-Mart buys direct from companies in huge volume, hence making their wholesale about half of what mine is. So if anyone is ripping people off its probably Wal-Mart because I

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As an owner of a "specialty" store I can tell you Wal-Mart sells their items for about what it costs me to get them from my distributor.

Unlike us little guys who generally purchase our products through a distributor, which has to earn money to stay in business too, Wal-Mart buys direct from companies in huge volume, hence making their wholesale about half of what mine is. So if anyone is ripping people off its probably Wal-Mart because I

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I understand exactly what you are saying. What you need to understand is that I as a consumer (and a Celiac) have only so many choices when it comes to buying items such as bread, pasta and things like frozen waffles. It is not like when I go into any store there are 10 brands to choose from. The Van's waffles are the same product in Kroger, Wal-Mart or a speciality store. One of the best things that I have seen happen since being on the diet is the increased competition and I don't mean just Wal-Mart. The newest Kroger that opened recently near my home has the largest selection of gluten-free products (1/2 of an entire aisle) that I have seen. I don't dispute your claim that the health food store employees are both knowledgeable and friendly. When purchasing a loaf of bread or a bag of pasta I really don't need a lot of knowledge. I really haven't met anyone in any store (speciality or not) that wasn't friendly. Most of the food in the nearest health food store near me was gluten anyway. The way I saw it the gluten-free products were a "speciality item" in a "speciality store" which can mean only one thing and that is expensive. I still shop there but only for the pasta. I hope to see the prices on all gluten free products going down everywhere because the demand is increasing and the big boys have gotten into the market.

Tom

Hey, Tom, if you buy Tinkyada you can get that online at amazon .com for a reduced price. You have to buy it by the case, but it's much cheaper than in stores. I have amazon prime so I get everything shipped to me for free. :)

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I understand exactly what you are saying. What you need to understand is that I as a consumer (and a Celiac) have only so many choices when it comes to buying items such as bread, pasta and things like frozen waffles. It is not like when I go into any store there are 10 brands to choose from. The Van's waffles are the same product in Kroger, Wal-Mart or a speciality store. One of the best things that I have seen happen since being on the diet is the increased competition and I don't mean just Wal-Mart. The newest Kroger that opened recently near my home has the largest selection of gluten-free products (1/2 of an entire aisle) that I have seen. I don't dispute your claim that the health food store employees are both knowledgeable and friendly. When purchasing a loaf of bread or a bag of pasta I really don't need a lot of knowledge. I really haven't met anyone in any store (speciality or not) that wasn't friendly. Most of the food in the nearest health food store near me was gluten anyway. The way I saw it the gluten-free products were a "speciality item" in a "speciality store" which can mean only one thing and that is expensive. I still shop there but only for the pasta. I hope to see the prices on all gluten free products going down everywhere because the demand is increasing and the big boys have gotten into the market.

Tom

I couldn't agree more. I go where the prices are the lowest. Well said Tom!!

-Jessica :rolleyes:

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