Some people seem to think that if there's no law against it, that must mean all is fair and everyone for themselves.In reality, that would only be the meaning of “legality” rather than “cheating.” If it deprives someone else of anything or causes another person any kind of harm, pain, suffering or loss, even if they don't know that you are taking it from them,and it's done to gain that unfair advantage, then you are still cheating them whether it breaks a rule or not. On the other hand, if you can gain that advantage without somebody else having to lose something for it, even though it may be called“cheating” because of bypassing accepted procedures, and there is no harm coming to anybody else because of your actions, then it would actually be something positive with no negative implications.There are actually two forms of it occurring here. One could be called “legal cheating” and the other “legitimatecheating.” The first is being done by the supermarkets because they realized that, by separating people from theknowledge of the cost of items, customers would be less resistant to paying more for them. That hurts people by causingthem to spend more than they otherwise would if they were aware of the actual price. But it’s
because there is nolaw against it yet.Legitimate cheating occurs when a customer uses the supermarket price decoder to turn those confusing"
" price formulas back into actual dollars and cents per item to regain control of that knowledge. It’s
because no one gets hurt by it except maybe the ill-gotten profits of the stores that are trying to cheat
. For this reason the supermarket price decoder could also be called a “cheat sheet,” which merely means a convenient sourceof access to information without having to work for it each time. Perhaps it would be more accurate to call it a “don't
cheated sheet” instead.THE LOGICAL ALTERNATIVEYou could always use a calculator to reach the same end, but it's bulky, inconvenient, requires batteries and youmust be careful not to accidentally press the wrong button at the wrong time. On the other hand, the supermarket pricedecoder folds up, fits in your hand or pocket, and can be set right in your basket to glance at as needed. Also, it hasguidelines to help you follow each row across and each column up and down.An added bonus is that the more you use it, the more of the answers you will come to know without having tokeep looking them up. As a result, other people will think that you're smarter than you are. In fact, if you use it enough,you
smarter than you are. Then they'll be right, because you'll know exactly how much you're paying for each itemyou buy
using a calculator. How many people do you know that can say that truthfully?You can keep one in your wallet or purse or pocket, or anywhere you want and take it with you wherever you gofor
. Print out or copy as many as you need to do the job, and no one will ever know that you’re using a “cheat sheet”unless you choose to tell them.PRELIMINARY DETAILSUnlike their supermarket price formulas, the decoder table is designed to be easy to use. The shaded or colorednumbers are just labels. The up and down ones with the dollar signs ($) show the monetary amounts, and the labelsgoing across with the number signs (#) designate the number of items you get for that price.The other numbers in the table represent the actual cost in cents for the number of items indicated in the #column label (above or below it) and for the amount shown in the $ row label (to the left or right of it.) For instance, if youlook in the lower right quadrant of the table, and at the upper right number, you will see “55.” That means the real price of “20 for $11” is 55¢ each. More detailed instructions along with several other examples are shown on the same page withthe supermarket price decoder table.Even if you're good at math you will still make mistakes sometimes, especially when you're in a hurry, beingharassed by your kids or rushed through the checkout line. That's the whole reason the supermarket price decoder wasdevised. Using it is just one more way to become a RubberBucker™ by stretching your dollars to go further. These daysyou need all the rubber you can get in those bucks, too.Anytime you send money for something with a no-risk, iron-clad guarantee, you are still risking whatever you sendthem no matter what they call it. Since the supermarket price decoder is really
with no purchase or expenditure of any kind required, this is truly one iron-clad guarantee you absolutely
lose any money on, so why not give it a try?WHY IS THE TABLE AT ANOTHER LOCATION?You can see what the chart really looks like in Figure 1 at the top of the next page. Although Scribd.com insiststhat their site handles monospaced fonts correctly, a glance at Figure 2 below it shows that is clearly not true, because itcollapses the columns just like a proportional one. Box.net adds too much side margin and causes all the lines in thebody of it to wrap around, which also throws the display out of whack, as you can see in Figure 3. However, both of thesesites actually do download the file properly, despite their errant displays, but don't even think about printing it from them.As explained in paragraph three of this article, since so many people are intimidated by a page full of numbers, just imagine how they will probably react to a page of
numbers as displayed on those sites. The purpose of the Price Decoder is to get people to use it, not discourage them from it, which is what the poor displays will do.Therefore, their first look at it needs to be at least a good view of what they will get. That makes it worth the extra click.To download your
on the MicroSoft web site Just click on the link below or copy and paste it into the OPEN or ADDRESSbox in the Internet browser. If you copy it, be sure to take the entire address.