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Post by oatsie Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:23 am

Yesterday, I stopped at a fruit and vegetable market in Orillia Ontario (Country Produce - Orillia) and noticed that they were selling avocados at $2.99 EACH.  At today's exchange rate - that is $2.29 USD or 37.5 pesos EACH ! ! ! !
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Post by Lady Otter Latté Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:32 am

Yikes! Wonder what restaurants are charging for guacamole?
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Post by viajero Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:20 pm

Yesterday Hass avocados at the local tianguis were going for 15 pesos a kilo.

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Post by slainte39 Sat Aug 15, 2015 12:39 pm

viajero wrote:Yesterday Hass avocados at the local tianguis were going for 15 pesos a kilo.

Is that about 8 aguacates for a US buck?

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Post by Clueless Sat Aug 15, 2015 1:16 pm

Prices are often based in (great) part on the demographics of the area and sometimes the particular buyer.

If no one will buy my widgets for $1.00 when the cost me $0.25 each, then I'll sell them for less until I hit close to a break-even point.

If I'm in an area where someone wants/needs a widget, I'll ask $2.00 and bargain down to $1.50.

I also wonder when I go into a market/store and prices are not marked, if the price fluctuates with the status of the buyer. I've seen it happen here.
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Post by Lady Otter Latté Sat Aug 15, 2015 2:30 pm

Prices also depend on how far you have to transport your widgets. If you make your widgets in Mexico and sell them in Canada, the price is higher than if you sell them in Mexico. If your widgets are fragile and need special handling, more expensive still. And if those widgets need to be refrigerated or frozen, then that is another story.

Of course unmarked merchandise will be sold at varying prices depending on the "status" of the buyer. If that bothers you, only shop where prices are marked.
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Post by Smartalex Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:30 pm

oatsie wrote:Yesterday, I stopped at a fruit and vegetable market in Orillia Ontario (Country Produce - Orillia) and noticed that they were selling avocados at $2.99 EACH.  At today's exchange rate - that is $2.29 USD or 37.5 pesos EACH ! ! ! !

Were they from Mexico or California? Just curious.
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Post by jrm30655 Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:39 pm

Only grade A produce is shipped to places like Canada especially stuff that is delicate or has a short shelf life.

The berries that are picked here are in refrigerated trucks within hours headed north and only the best goes NOB. The berries that we get from the local vendors is what doesn't make the grade. Still good stuff but won't draw top dollar which is what you have to get to afford to ship the produce.

I can generally tell how the US is doing by looking at the local markets. Grade A Bell peppers have 4 lobes and meet certain height/width/weight standards. You can find plenty of 3 lobe peppers here but when you see 4 lobe, you know that they are not selling all the grade A stuff. They taste exactly the same but a 3 lobe pepper sells for half what a 4 lobe sells for. You can watch globe tomatoes the same way. When they are plentiful, the US is not buying all of them.

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