Starbucks announced they are increasing their prices. Again. They contribute such changes to the high cost of milk. Got milk? Apparently, but it'll cost you a penny or nine to get your hand on some. A whole 9-cent increase since the month of October does sound a tad intimidating.
I am a fan of Starbucks since, for some [feng-shui, ha!] reason their spaces world-wide are creativity-conducive and more [selfishly] importantly I have many friends/people who work for the company who in turn are very good to me and mine.
However, all of these price increases might affect me negatively and I might just take my loyalty elsewhere. Well, I doubt I'll do so right away since I have been receiving a good, Starbuckian treatment for years now, but a 9-cent increase does not appear very friendly or neighborly. I realize they have to fund their 14.000 stores worldwide, pay for their expensive leases, and their part-time employee benefits, but still, an increase is an increase and coffee, after all, is just coffee.
Watch out Starbucks. I hear Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds are catching up, or at least trying to.