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(Grist)   $28 for a cabbage, $65 per pound for chicken, $105 for a case of bottled water. No, this isn't New York. Welcome to Nunavut Canada   (grist.org) divider line 243
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2012-06-11 04:11:03 PM
Ah, price-gouging at its finest - as indicated in the article, the local prices are way, way out of proportion with the expense of shipping. It's also amusing to see how quickly prices dropped when the complaints attracted publicity. It'll be interesting to see how this gets addressed, because local businesses are charging these prices with some degree of complicity with their local governments - otherwise, the problem would've been addressed sooner.

Free market capitalism at its ugliest.
/flame on
 
2012-06-11 04:23:30 PM
learnsomethingnewtoday.us
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS
 
2012-06-11 05:05:29 PM

Marcus Aurelius: [learnsomethingnewtoday.us image 250x253]
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS


Came to make sure this had been covered

/thank you, Mr. Aurelius
 
2012-06-11 05:20:01 PM
This isn't particularly new. It's as expensive as hell to live in the north with a southern diet. What did flabbergast me was the $104 case of Nestle water. I have no idea why someone that lives amongst melting glaciers would feel the need to buy bottled water, like it's somehow better from someplace else on the planet. Three cheers for marketing!
 
2012-06-11 05:21:21 PM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Marcus Aurelius: [learnsomethingnewtoday.us image 250x253]
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS

Came to make sure this had been covered

/thank you, Mr. Aurelius


You're both retarded. They where a Nomadic tribe that did move and hunt and live off the land, until the land was taken away from them and they where placed on a reservation.
 
2012-06-11 05:28:25 PM

optikeye: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Marcus Aurelius: [learnsomethingnewtoday.us image 250x253]
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS

Came to make sure this had been covered

/thank you, Mr. Aurelius

You're both retarded. They where a Nomadic tribe that did move and hunt and live off the land, until the land was taken away from them and they where placed on a reservation.


Lighten up, Francis
 
2012-06-11 05:35:59 PM
You want any of this expensive cabbage?

No, I don't want nunavut!
 
2012-06-11 05:53:03 PM

FormlessOne: Ah, price-gouging at its finest - as indicated in the article, the local prices are way, way out of proportion with the expense of shipping. It's also amusing to see how quickly prices dropped when the complaints attracted publicity. It'll be interesting to see how this gets addressed, because local businesses are charging these prices with some degree of complicity with their local governments - otherwise, the problem would've been addressed sooner.

Free market capitalism at its ugliest.
/flame on


Oh, I wouldn't necessarily say that. The government shells out $$$ to the tribal chiefs (who often as not are as crooked as a dogs' hind leg) and as long as the chiefs get theirs, they don't want to hear about anything from anyone.
 
2012-06-11 05:56:17 PM

unyon: This isn't particularly new. It's as expensive as hell to live in the north with a southern diet. What did flabbergast me was the $104 case of Nestle water. I have no idea why someone that lives amongst melting glaciers would feel the need to buy bottled water, like it's somehow better from someplace else on the planet. Three cheers for marketing!


Well, the glaciers you speak of produce water free from flouride, pharmaceuticals and various other industrial waste. Why would you not want that? That stuff helps your teeth.
 
2012-06-11 06:01:35 PM

vernonFL: You want any of this expensive cabbage?

No, I don't want nunavut!


Came here for this, except I was going to go with:

With food so expensive, I guess they'll be... (removes sunglasses), having Nunavut.
 
2012-06-11 06:09:41 PM

chimp_ninja: vernonFL: You want any of this expensive cabbage?

No, I don't want nunavut!

Came here for this, except I was going to go with:

With food so expensive, I guess they'll be... (removes sunglasses), having Nunavut.


It would be funnier had the author not made the same pun (and a few others) in the article.
 
2012-06-11 06:15:17 PM

chimp_ninja: vernonFL: You want any of this expensive cabbage?

No, I don't want nunavut!

Came here for this, except I was going to go with:

With food so expensive, I guess they'll be... (removes sunglasses), having Nunavut.


Inuit would be used.
 
2012-06-11 06:21:22 PM

FormlessOne: Ah, price-gouging at its finest


It's the way of the free market. Just think, this kind of gouging is exactly what the GOP and Libertarians want. No controls over the market and you can gouge all you want.
 
2012-06-11 06:31:55 PM

InspectorZero: unyon: This isn't particularly new. It's as expensive as hell to live in the north with a southern diet. What did flabbergast me was the $104 case of Nestle water. I have no idea why someone that lives amongst melting glaciers would feel the need to buy bottled water, like it's somehow better from someplace else on the planet. Three cheers for marketing!

Well, the glaciers you speak of produce water free from flouride, pharmaceuticals and various other industrial waste. Why would you not want that? That stuff helps your teeth.


flouride actually does help your teeth - in small amounts. so don't lump it in with the other two unless you enjoy looking like a farking retard
 
2012-06-11 06:35:03 PM

Marcus Aurelius: [learnsomethingnewtoday.us image 250x253]
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS


They have food, but mixing berries with Crisco is easier than hunting the seal and doing it with their blubber.

//it's ok, because you need a hell of a lot more calories to survive in the arctic than a cube farm in DC.
 
2012-06-11 06:39:58 PM
According to Google, the capital, Iqaluit, has a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I wonder how much they charge for some delicious chicken?
 
2012-06-11 07:07:24 PM
Nome.

Just Nome.
 
2012-06-11 07:19:17 PM

InspectorZero: unyon: This isn't particularly new. It's as expensive as hell to live in the north with a southern diet. What did flabbergast me was the $104 case of Nestle water. I have no idea why someone that lives amongst melting glaciers would feel the need to buy bottled water, like it's somehow better from someplace else on the planet. Three cheers for marketing!

Well, the glaciers you speak of produce water free from flouride, pharmaceuticals and various other industrial waste. Why would you not want that? That stuff helps your teeth.


The water I got from Glacier Park was the best water ever. WTF? Buying bottled water? They deserve to be ripped off.
 
2012-06-11 07:29:29 PM
Anyone want to join me on my expedition? I'm gonna buy about 500 cases of cheap Ramen noodles(at around $8.00 for a case or 36) and sell it to them for $1.00 a package. Looks like I'll have me a new 72" LCD TV for my game room in no time.
 
2012-06-11 07:30:04 PM
Is this out of some strange Canadian version of "Independence Day"?

Prime Minister Whitmore: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $28 on a cabbage, $65 on chicken, do you?
 
2012-06-11 07:40:21 PM
 
2012-06-11 07:46:21 PM

PacManDreaming: I'm gonna buy about 500 cases of cheap Ramen noodles(at around $8.00 for a case or 36) and sell it to them for $1.00 a package.


Or you could just open a 7-11 next to a college here in the US.

As long as you're the only thing open within walking distance that sells ramen after 9:00 PM or so you'll clean up.

/also, protip: ramen is not a proper noun
//also, did anyone else check out the "Sell By" date on the cabbage?! At least four years off from the timestamp in the photo.
 
2012-06-11 07:49:18 PM
Holy crap! That is ridiculous:

i49.tinypic.com
 
2012-06-11 07:54:10 PM

PacManDreaming: Holy crap! That is ridiculous:

[i49.tinypic.com image 480x640]


Is that Dumbledore in the reflection?
 
2012-06-11 07:58:01 PM

PacManDreaming: Anyone want to join me on my expedition? I'm gonna buy about 500 cases of cheap Ramen noodles(at around $8.00 for a case or 36) and sell it to them for $1.00 a package. Looks like I'll have me a new 72" LCD TV for my game room in no time.


How are you going to get it there?
 
2012-06-11 08:01:34 PM

9beers: According to Google, the capital, Iqaluit, has a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I wonder how much they charge for some delicious chicken?


I saw a picture the other day... $60.00 for a bucket.
 
2012-06-11 08:01:42 PM
Only in Taxbongo's America.
 
2012-06-11 08:02:29 PM
Welcome to the coming world.

;)
 
2012-06-11 08:04:18 PM

Marcus Aurelius: [learnsomethingnewtoday.us image 250x253]
Maybe they should MOVE TO WHERE THE FOOD IS


Actually, the Canadian government relocated the tribes there from land white men coveted.
 
2012-06-11 08:04:37 PM

PacManDreaming: Holy crap! That is ridiculous:

[i49.tinypic.com image 480x640]


i know, i mean wtf is a litre, and what is 4 of them? and does the milk come in a bag?
 
2012-06-11 08:05:15 PM

9beers: PacManDreaming: Anyone want to join me on my expedition? I'm gonna buy about 500 cases of cheap Ramen noodles(at around $8.00 for a case or 36) and sell it to them for $1.00 a package. Looks like I'll have me a new 72" LCD TV for my game room in no time.

How are you going to get it there?


Dogsled, duh. It's Canada.
 
2012-06-11 08:05:51 PM
I'd be buying nunavut if I lived in Nunavut.
 
2012-06-11 08:05:56 PM
I'm going to call bullshiat on this. I've lived in Inuvik and Tuktoyuktuk, and while food prices were high, they was nowhere near this kind of discrepancy. Yes, it is more difficult for the poor to afford food... but someone has been playing with the price tag machine here.
 
2012-06-11 08:08:27 PM
Here are some food menus for a few restaurants in the region. Remember, these prices are at least a few years old.

Link
 
2012-06-11 08:08:42 PM

GAT_00: FormlessOne: Ah, price-gouging at its finest

It's the way of the free market. Just think, this kind of gouging is exactly what the GOP and Libertarians want. No controls over the market and you can gouge all you want.


Perhaps you'd prefer the die-hard leftists goal of food rationing.
 
2012-06-11 08:09:24 PM
A friend of mine found himself stuck on a far western island of Alaska once. He needed an inexpensive jacket so he bought a very cheaply-made hoodie in the town there, but had to pay $70 for it. It's not just price-gauging -- it costs a lot of money to fly goods to remote areas.
 
2012-06-11 08:09:55 PM

9beers: How are you going to get it there?


WhippingBoy: Dogsled, duh. It's Canada.


What WhippingBoy said.
 
2012-06-11 08:10:06 PM
It must have been welfare Wednesday when they checked the prices...
 
2012-06-11 08:10:43 PM

leevis: Perhaps you'd prefer the die-hard leftists goal of food rationing.


I'm a die-hard leftist and I don't support food rationing. Your move.
 
2012-06-11 08:10:50 PM

9beers


According to Google, the capital, Iqaluit, has a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I wonder how much they charge for some delicious chicken?


Since it's a KFC, they wouldn't recognize delicious chicken if it ran around their restaurant with its head cut off.
 
2012-06-11 08:11:08 PM

Indubitably: Welcome to the coming world.

;)


P.S. You can thank Christians.
 
2012-06-11 08:12:05 PM

Indubitably: Indubitably: Welcome to the coming world.

;)

P.S. You can thank Christians.


P.P.S. Self-fulfilling prophecy, if you ask me, but nobody is...
 
2012-06-11 08:13:33 PM
I think I read some where that to buy ice water in the middle of the Sahara Dersert is way more expensive the the people of Poland Springs pay. This is so unfair.
 
2012-06-11 08:13:48 PM
Woof. I thought the transportation costs came down hard in Hawaii.

All Kinnison jokes aside, they might just want to pack it in and move to Vancouver. In a few generations they'll be assimilated.
 
2012-06-11 08:14:01 PM

shower_in_my_socks: A friend of mine found himself stuck on a far western island of Alaska once. He needed an inexpensive jacket so he bought a very cheaply-made hoodie in the town there, but had to pay $70 for it. It's not just price-gauging -- it costs a lot of money to fly goods to remote areas.


It's both. but mainly price gouging.
 
2012-06-11 08:15:01 PM
I wouldn't pay that much for a freakin' cabbage left over from 2006.
 
2012-06-11 08:15:17 PM
this is where you need to get together with your neighbors and try to work out some kind of co-op everyone share the price of bulk food and shipping. Only thing it wouldn't really help with is fresh food. Stock up on dried beans and rice and such dry goods and you could eat well if not diverse.
 
2012-06-11 08:15:21 PM
I don't get the outrage. Before the "modern world" arrived, could you even get peppers, cabbage, carrots, etc. there? Did they have grocery stores?

If the cabbage sellers are out destroying whatever food supply the natives have lived off of there for the past few centuries, forcing them to buy cabbage at $28 because there's no other food, then there's reason to be outraged. But I wouldn't move to the desert and then complain that it costs a lot of money to keep my house cool in the summer.
 
2012-06-11 08:16:37 PM
General Jack D. Ripper: Mandrake, do you realize that in addition to fluoridating water, why, there are studies underway to fluoridate salt, flour, fruit juices, soup, sugar, milk... ice cream. Ice cream, Mandrake, children's ice cream.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: [very nervous] Lord, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: You know when fluoridation first began?
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: I... no, no. I don't, Jack.
General Jack D. Ripper: Nineteen hundred and forty-six. 1946, Mandrake. How does that coincide with your post-war Commie conspiracy, huh? It's incredibly obvious, isn't it? A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual. Certainly without any choice. That's the way your hard-core Commie works.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Uh, Jack, Jack, listen... tell me, tell me, Jack. When did you first... become... well, develop this theory?
General Jack D. Ripper: [somewhat embarassed] Well, I, uh... I... I... first became aware of it, Mandrake, during the physical act of love.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
General Jack D. Ripper: Yes, a uh, a profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I... I was able to interpret these feelings correctly. Loss of essence.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: Hmm.
General Jack D. Ripper: I can assure you it has not recurred, Mandrake. Women uh... women sense my power and they seek the life essence. I, uh... I do not avoid women, Mandrake.
Group Capt. Lionel Mandrake: No.
General Jack D. Ripper: But I... I do deny them my essence.
 
2012-06-11 08:18:11 PM

FormlessOne: Free market capitalism at its ugliest.


How? The vendors tried to gouge, the buyers then boycotted and the vendors dropped their prices. That's Free Market capitalism at its finest. Would you have preferred price caps on food and the vendors just respond by buying only the most profitable foodstuffs and food diversity is lost?
 
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