What is interesting to note, is that in Melbourne, it's actually CHEAPER to buy from your local produce markets than from the massive chain
Not-yet-ripe GREEN bananas from Coles supermarkets: $3.95 a kilo.
'Over-ripened' (read. READY TO EAT RIGHT NOW, not buy now and eat next week), aka. 'ripened in the sun on the way here from the farm in the last 24
hours' from my local greek fruit market: $1 for two kilos.
Yes, those are the prices, I kid you not.
Here's another example:
Standard loaf of country-style (ie. not a block loaf, a loaf with a rounded top and a good crust) white bread (white is cheaper) at Coles: $3.50.
Whole-grain bread that's a day older, made and sold in a bakery in Oakleigh (the greek area of melbourne): $1.50.
Chicken breast fillets in 4-packs ("buy in bulk and save"), wrapped in plastic and comes with a tray, from Coles: $15 per kilo (one breast fillet
usually about 300-400G iirc)
Chicken breast fillets, can be bought individually or in a 2kg lot for ~10% off, from the local halal butcher: $6 per kilo, and if you supply
butcher's paper/bags and newspaper for them to wrap it in, they give you a smile and friendly service! ^_^
Here's some more!
'Fresh' salmon fillets from Coles, unsmoked, colour strangely reminiscent of Red#2: $35 per kilo.
One whole salmon from a fish market in Springvale: $20 (for about three kilos, including bone, scales, etc)
250g bag of long white rice from Coles: ~$4 (=$16/kilo)
Fair-trade organic wholegrain (not yet de-husked) brown rice from the hippy restaurant/shop in Monash University Clayton: $6-7 per kilo, and you can
buy as little or as much as you want/carry.
Oh, but don't the chain stores have buying power and can provide 'red dot dollar specials' and 'fresh food people' to the public at cheaper
rates? HAHAHHAH, NOT EVEN CLOSE!
Here's my favourite one:
24-pack (slab) of cheap crap 'Victoria Bitter' beer in bottles, with plastic and cardboard packaging: $40
Homebrew that's different every time you make it: 50c per bottle to make, or you can usually buy from a homebrewer for about $1 a bottle if you
return the bottles.
In Australia, you only buy from the chain stores if you're too busy/lazy to look for a local store that sells the same produce cheaper. Many people
here make the excuse "oh but it's more convenient to just drive two minutes to the Coles supermarket"... or you could just WALK there and save the
petrol... if you're going to drive to the supermarket, why not drive an extra five minutes to go to the local produce markets instead? I really do
hate this urban sprawl we have to put up with... I'm praying for the day when we see the death of the city paradigm, and the return of the local
Buy processors from big companies like Intel or AMD, buy MoBo's from ASUS and BioStar, buy TV's from samsung or sony. These companies are the ones
putting out big bucks for research into applications that may down the line produce technology that benefits our lifestyle needs greatly.
I emphasise the "may" part, in the above post, because buying products from these companies is a gamble as to whether or not they MAY produce
technology that 'improves' our lives. Those of us addicted to technology and it's useless consumerism that tags along, probably don't realise that
our grandparents lived without all this useless crap we think we 'need'.
Computers that have streamlined accounting, manufacturing, etc, have done nothing but create further unemployment.
Oh, but people like to claim that if there are less jobs in manual labour because of technology, that we should all go back to school to get jobs that
work with technology? Great, so who's going to pay for those extra three or four years in University? Certainly not our parents, who seem to be of
the mentality that their baby-boomer generation had it tough.
[edit on 26/8/2009 by nrky]