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Pumpkin Rip Off?

By basketcase - 20 October 2010 39

pumpkins [Canberra Pumpkins]

We all must have too much money, Woolies at Kippax selling pumpkins for Halloween for $24.

Up in Brisbane, the price was $20 (picture below).

Maybe this should be titled “The Canberra Rip Off”?

[ED – or is this fair enough for a very large out of season fruit?]

Brisbane pumpkins
[Brisbane Pumpkins]

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39 Responses to
Pumpkin Rip Off?
Snarky 3:02 pm 20 Oct 10

Halloween’s been round longer than America has.

And it’s not like there’s a market the rest of the year for the things – why shouldn’t they (being anyone who wants to grow, import or sell them) charge what they can get for them? They’re hardly one of life’s necessity’s, venerability of occasion notwithstanding.

Why not grow them yourself if the cost of buying them frets you so? If they’re anything like chokos you’ll be kneedeep in them next year if you chuck this year’s remnants on a compost heap

🙂

Muttsybignuts 3:00 pm 20 Oct 10

shirty_bear said :

Maybe this should be titled “What’s this bollocks doing here at all?”

Anyone so keen to buy into this overt Americanism deserves to get ripped off. The retail sector has been pushing Halloween for a while now, with seemingly little success. Hopefully it stays that way.

There must be some degree of success. Halloween shit has been increasing for quite a while now. Every year the floorspace devoted to Halloween gets bigger and bigger in the shops.

Furry Jesus 2:45 pm 20 Oct 10

trickyxr said :

Halloween is a rip off all together. American tradition not a Australian tradition Just another way to reep the cash.

Unfortunately for us, this isn’t the case. Halloween relates to All Hallow’s Day (whatever that is), and comes from the British Isles somewhere. Even dressing up and Trick or Treat has non-American roots. Ever ethically chained to truth in emotional abuse, I was crushed at having to surrender the opportunity to sneer witheringly at all those excited little upturned and amusingly masked faces while I smugly derided them all as brainwashed running dog paper tiger lackeys of Uncle Sam’s cultural imperialst war machine….

Clown Killer 2:33 pm 20 Oct 10

My understanding is that whilst a lot of the trappings of the contemporary and largely secular Halloween thing draw on the north American experience, as far as ‘tradition’ goes it’s actually an ancient British festival. It’s the Celtic new year (or somthing similar) and corresponds with All Hallows Eve the divide between the longer summer days and shorther days of the winter months (in the northern hemisphere).

Grail 2:21 pm 20 Oct 10

Pptvb – nice profits for the retailer, I wonder how far up the supply chain that money goes?

colourful sydney rac 2:18 pm 20 Oct 10

shirty_bear said :

Maybe this should be titled “What’s this bollocks doing here at all?”

Anyone so keen to buy into this overt Americanism deserves to get ripped off. The retail sector has been pushing Halloween for a while now, with seemingly little success. Hopefully it stays that way.

This

S4anta 2:16 pm 20 Oct 10

Rule One: Do not buy vegetables at a supermarket.

Rule Two: Out of season produce will be sold for a premium

Mathman 2:14 pm 20 Oct 10

Up in Brisbane, the price was $20.

Well, they didn’t walk down here by themselves did they – though if they were real Jack’o’lanterns then they could have.

Rawhide Kid Part3 2:12 pm 20 Oct 10

Hallo Who ???

Deano 2:10 pm 20 Oct 10

pptvb said :

$24 = nice profits all along the supply chain.

But these are not your regular garden variety pumpkins – they’re proper Halloween Pumpkins. I’d suggest that the large American contingent here in Canberra explains the price difference.

Honestly, if you’re dumb enough to be suckered into yet another imported commercialised festive event, you deserve to pay through the nose.

Sammy 2:03 pm 20 Oct 10

Oh my god, that’s a 20% price increase. I demand a royal commission!

shirty_bear 1:49 pm 20 Oct 10

Maybe this should be titled “What’s this bollocks doing here at all?”

Anyone so keen to buy into this overt Americanism deserves to get ripped off. The retail sector has been pushing Halloween for a while now, with seemingly little success. Hopefully it stays that way.

KB1971 1:49 pm 20 Oct 10

Halloween, WASSAT?????

trickyxr 1:47 pm 20 Oct 10

Halloween is a rip off all together. American tradition not a Australian tradition Just another way to reep the cash.

pptvb 1:43 pm 20 Oct 10

A friend of mine was telling me a few years ago about how hard a job it is harvesting pumpkins. On their farm, near Gooloogong, it was all done by hand.
Back-breaking work when they were only getting $0.03 per kilo!
$24 = nice profits all along the supply chain.

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