Created By: Allronix on July 22, 2011

The woes of Economy-size

I bought a 50-liter tub of ice cream. Now what do I do with it?

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Bulk shopping and warehouse stores can be awesome. All your favorite goods, and at a (usually) cheaper unit price than you'd normally spend at a conventional grocery.

Here's the problem: Just what do you do with a 50-liter tub of ice cream that won't fit in your freezer or store the 100-roll pack of toilet paper?

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  • July 22, 2011
    Is this actually a trope?
  • July 22, 2011
    I think a joke like this showed up in Fox Trot where not only did Andy (or Roger?) buy giant containers of stuff, they exaggerated it by having a single EGG be gigantic.
  • July 22, 2011
    also ahppened in a Jack in The Box commercial
  • July 22, 2011
    I'd say it's a trope.

    It appeared in Phineas And Ferb "Vanecessary Roughness". The Boys' mom had to get like a 50 gallon tub of mayo because she was making an epic amount of potato salad for her bridge club.
  • July 22, 2011
    Real Life Example that started this: Howard Hughes frequented a certain Las Vegas hotel. Being afflicted with OCD as he was, he was adamant about ordering a specific type of ice cream. One time, after they bought a massive tub of it just to keep it on hand for their most prestigious guest, Hughes changed his mind about the ice cream. The hotel ended up giving it away because they didn't know how to get rid of this 50-gallon tub of banana ripple.
  • July 22, 2011
    @Rainbow Yeah, I remember that one, too. I was about to post that example. I seem to recall Paige freaking out over him buying her a huge container of acne cream because she thought that he thought she needed that much. Is there more than one Foxtrot strip of this? I don't remember the egg.
  • July 23, 2011
    • The Simpsons: Apu takes Marge to a warehouse store, where we see (among other things) life-sized bottles of Mrs. Butterworth-type pancake syrup. For those who aren't familiar with it - MB syrup comes in a jar shaped like a person. Normal jars are maybe 30 oz or so, and 6-8 inches tall. the jars on The Simpsons are the size of a normal-sized human.
    • Referenced on Daves World: Dave's wife and his neighbor go to a warehouse store to shop. They buy an industrial size box of chicken breasts, and when they get home he takes two or three as his share (he lives alone).
  • July 23, 2011
    I think what makes it tropeworthy is how in media, the amount consumers can buy is usually exaggerated. At a Sam's Club or similar, you can buy a 20-pack of candy bars(the ones that are usually opened and the individual bars are sold in the checkout line). In fiction, you can buy an entire crate of candy bars.
  • July 23, 2011
    I'm pretty sure we have this in the form of Midnight Bakery Run or something like that.

    EDIT: I was thinking of Midnight Bakery Trip.
  • July 23, 2011
    In the I Love Lucy episode "The Freezer", Lucy buys a side of meat at 69 cents per pound. A side turns out to be 700 pounds. Lucy plans to store most of the meat in the walk-in freezer she has just bought, but ends up putting herself in the freezer instead.
  • July 23, 2011
  • July 23, 2011
    In an episode of The Andy Griffith Show Aunt Bea learns that she can get a great buy on meat from a new discount butcher if she buys 150 lbs. at a time. She takes her old freezer out of storage and uses it to keep the meat frozen, but the freezer was in storage because it didn't work properly. Plus the meat isn't very good. She ends up taking her bargain meat to her old butcher and asks him to store it for her.
  • August 3, 2011
    Happens in Monk: Randy Disher gets king-size sodas as part of an offer and drinks them, causing him to have to go to the bathroom all the time.