NYC groceries may actually be cheap
Are groceries in the Big Apple overpriced? According to Columbia researchers David Weinstein and Jessie Handbury, not at all. In fact, they say, groceries in the City are cheaper than in most other regions in the country.
Some people featured in that WSJ article were skeptical:
“Hell no,” said Tina Smith, a 47-year-old mother of two shopping at the Pathmark in Brooklyn’s Atlantic Center. “There’s inflation in New York.”
Brittany Dierken wasn’t too pleased either:
“I’m heading to get a steak for my boyfriend, which is going to cost me my first born, I think.”
I was skeptical too, so I did what any ordinary person would do. I made a competition out of this, taking neat HD-photos of food (and toothpaste).
New York versus America
The items below were selected based on my judgment of what is most necessary to experience life.
Round One: BABY CARROTS
NEW YORK: Westside
At $5 for three one-pound bags, that’s $1.67 for New York. There’s also the promise that these carrots are FRESH and PEELED. That sort of guarantee is a really nice bonus considering carrots lower the risk of lung cancer, promote good night vision, and boost your immune system.
AMERICA: Winona, Minnesota
According to the Winona Daily, carrots there cost $2.29 each without the promises. On a random note, the Winona Daily also says there’s an iPhone app where you can support carrot farmers by crunching carrots into the microphone.
Verdict: Huge advantage to New York
Round Two: CREST TOOTHPASTE
NEW YORK: Morton Williams
America: Kansas City, Missouri
ABC News says Kansas City only charges $2.99 for a pack! That’s 50 cents we could have saved for a MoWi Ghirardelli square. That means we’re getting ripped off, which means…
Verdict: New York—1, America—1
Round Three: REDBULL
NEW YORK: Rule every Columbian should know—go with RedBull when everything is on the line.
Here’s what a four-pack of 8.4 Oz. looks like at our local market:
America: Amazon.com. Technically New Yorkers can order from this site, but if Amazon.com isn’t American, nothing is (so we’re using them).
Over there, a 24-pack 8.4 Oz. costs $48.44 (with free two-day shipping if you have Amazon Prime). Doing some math (this contest is that close), that equates to $8.07 per 4-pack even after rounding down. New York squeaks ahead by eight cents.
Verdict: New York
CONCLUSION: New York wins. I guess the Wall Street Journal was correct. And so, the state of groceries in New York City is good.
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