Spam isn't so bad in tough times


Freaky everlasting meat in a can should probably make anyone feel a little sick to their stomach, but now that we can't afford to pay our rent or drink all weekend, we have to sacrifice something. So suck it up and stock up on this terrible meat product. Some even predict we'll see Spam lines in the future! Hallelujah.

Things aren't so bad over at Minnesota's Spam factory, so says the New York Times. Working with 12-ounce cans of spiced "ham and pork" has to pay off some time, right?

In a factory that abuts Interstate 90, two shifts of workers have been making Spam seven days a week since July, and they have been told that the relentless work schedule will continue indefinitely.

More from the NY Times:

A 12-ounce can of Spam, marketed as “Crazy Tasty,” costs about $2.40. “People are realizing it’s not that bad a product,” said Dan Johnson, 55, who operates a 70-foot-high Spam oven.

Spam “seems to do well when hard times hit,” said Dan Bartel, business agent for the union local. “We’ll probably see Spam lines instead of soup lines.”

Even as consumers are cutting back on all sorts of goods, Spam is among a select group of thrifty grocery items that are selling steadily.


Mmm. Vacuum-sealed and no refrigeration. Just the way we like our meat.