The point that my assumption was irritating meant it communicated my intent quite exactly. But that can have as much to do with where you live, how you get around, or many other things as your finances.
Also… unfresh =/= rotten. Presumably …
Making some assumptions there, eh?
I’ve absolutely found rotten peppers on shelves in all the mentioned locations. Some were just moldy, some turned partly liquid and smelled bad. I’ve never seen one at Whole Foods, which I used to both shop and shoplift at when I lived near one.
The best mix of affordable and non rotten I ever found was a place that sold mostly to restaurants, and only had them at decent prices for maybe one month out of the year. The sold basil the same way, and I’d make pesto to freeze.