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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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Spartacus 5:48 pm 21 Oct 10

Modern (with Candy and Costumes) Trick or Treating in Australia actually pre-dates records of it appearing in the United States. UMAD Halloween haters?

Halloween of course though comes from Britain/Ireland though and while I can’t specifically remember how they celebrate it, you can see how Trick or Treating evolved from their customs and celebrations.

Woody Mann-Caruso 2:13 pm 21 Oct 10

$4 a kilo for transport is very high.

It’s not $4 a kilo. It’s $4 for an entire pumpkin that weighs 5 kg.

Coles has them for $3.99 / kg – still looking at $20 for a decent sized one.

chokubaijo 1:04 pm 21 Oct 10

Also they are grown in North Australia, but still $4 a kilo for transport is very high.

chokubaijo 1:03 pm 21 Oct 10

I can tell you that I was at Flemington Markets this morning and the whole sale price was about $4/kg that works out at between $20 and $26 each. These pumpkins are not grown on big farms and there is no economy of scale. The Farmer’s that have gone to the trouble of having perfect Halloween Pumpkins at this time of year can charge a premium. At least the farmer is getting a fair slice of the money.

you can get Certified organic Kent or Butternut Pumpkin cheaper at this time of year.

We have a few in stock but basically I think they are a rip off and I would not suggest anyone should buy one.

Furry Jesus 10:47 am 21 Oct 10

To revisit my earlier comment about Hallowe’en (grammar) and its ACTUAL origins, people!!! I’d like to suggest that the Americans have actually outdone us on preservation of their cultural history, although they have dumbed it down a tad by making it a game for the children. According to Wikipedia, it was the adults who used to dress up as spirits.

Since Australians have extinguished observation of the ritual altogether, let’s resume our place in the grand guignol tradition by getting adults to dress up and start running around demanding lollies from children.

Postalgeek 10:29 am 21 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

Some very good vantage points near my house, but this year, I’ll be answering the door to any little trick or treaters in my ghoul costume and plan to frighten seven shades of crap out of them…..then give them lollies and wink at thier mums!

A grown man, concealed and in disguise, stalking children, and handing out boiled sveeties. That couldn’t possibly be misinterpreted.

sirocco 10:18 am 21 Oct 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Ah, ‘Americanism’. The same limited, sound-byte thinking from the people who brought you ‘un-Australian’.

While you’re bleating about ‘Americanisms’, be sure to continue to enjoy your American music, American television, American movies, American fast food, American cars, American fashions…and keep on spelling ‘jail’ with a ‘g’ and an ‘o’, that really shows your intellectual fibre.

Was that last bit sarcasm? Cos if it was, I’m confused; “gaol” IS the Australian way of spelling it.

Woody Mann-Caruso 9:54 am 21 Oct 10

Ah, ‘Americanism’. The same limited, sound-byte thinking from the people who brought you ‘un-Australian’.

While you’re bleating about ‘Americanisms’, be sure to continue to enjoy your American music, American television, American movies, American fast food, American cars, American fashions…and keep on spelling ‘jail’ with a ‘g’ and an ‘o’, that really shows your intellectual fibre.

mutley 8:52 am 21 Oct 10

Captain RAAF said :

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this year, I’ll be answering the door to any little trick or treaters in my ghoul costume and plan to frighten seven shades of crap out of them

Got the uniform freshly pressed then?

Special G 11:12 pm 20 Oct 10

My wife has a pack of seeds for those pumpkins. They appear to be a New England Pie pumpkin. Good for carving and it stores well according to the packet.

bigfeet 8:34 pm 20 Oct 10

I’ve got no interest in Halloween, but really don’t care if anyone else wants to celebrate it.

I saw these pumpkins down at Woolies the other day and wondered if the flesh of this particular type of pumpkin any good for eating or is it just thrown away after you carve the shell?

nhand42 7:41 pm 20 Oct 10

lobster said :

I have never actually celebrated halloween. But I see no drama in letting people do it.

I see the danger in allowing corporations to invent another useless retailing holiday. In another generation it will be socially unacceptable not to participate. Then you will be pressured into buying useless trinkets and sweets for snot-nosed beggars who interrupt your evening. And should you choose not to participate, the sugar-addicted teenagers will retaliate by egging and toilet-papering your house; that’s what happens in the USA to “kill-joys” who don’t see the “fun” in gifting $100s worth of treats to their neighbours kids every year.

We’ve already got Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentines, Easter, New Year, Christmas, and apparently even Thanksgiving is gaining traction (why?), so we damn well don’t need Halloween as well. Can’t we just celebrate these holidays without being pressured into spending money on useless retail crap?

Anna Key 7:37 pm 20 Oct 10

American or British is probably less important than the supermarkets’ need to make money between father’s day and Christmas

trevar 6:29 pm 20 Oct 10

Waiting For Godot said :

I suppose after the unsold Halloween pumpkins are taken off to land fill they’ll be replaced with Thanksgiving Day turkeys.

Or perhaps to replace the Canadian expats’ Thanksgiving turkeys?

benita_449 6:26 pm 20 Oct 10

The prices of those pumpkins have been going up the whole month of October….I have a feeling they’re going to peak right around January….

Waiting For Godot 5:46 pm 20 Oct 10

I suppose after the unsold Halloween pumpkins are taken off to land fill they’ll be replaced with Thanksgiving Day turkeys.

rosscoact 5:21 pm 20 Oct 10

lobster said :

“I’m so cool. I pay out Halloween every chance I get because it makes me feel better than Americans!”

I really don’t see a problem with it. The same hatred isn’t served out to people who celebrate Oktoberfest or Christmas in July.
Why the hate for Halloween?
If you are a kid – you get lollies
If you are a young adult female – you get to dress skanky
If you are a young adult male – you get to look at girls dressed up in very little clothing.

I have never actually celebrated halloween. But I see no drama in letting people do it.

And it gives crotchety old men the chance to instill the delights of bitter licorice on unsuspecting brats

trevar 4:26 pm 20 Oct 10

Those aren’t any old pumpkins, though. The varieties most common in this part of the world are the Jap, Kent and Queensland Blue, none of which are orange, and most of which can be had whole for less than five dollars.

But since popular Halloween culture depicts pumpkins as orange fruits, though, it makes sense for retailers to sell these weird orange ones for inflated prices to any schmuck who thinks that is the proper colour for a Halloween pumpkin. Since they’re not likely to be used as food, they’re purely a luxury item, and IMHO they should attract GST too, because we all have the right to profit from wealthy ignoramuses’ largesse!

Keijidosha 4:25 pm 20 Oct 10

lobster, the latter two points you make can be observed in the City from Thursday through Saturday nights all year.

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