A British newcomer to Canada has taken to Reddit to decry grocery store prices after comparing a few items to stores from their home country.
In the post titled “Supermarket food is so bloody expensive vs. the UK,” user NoOutlandishness6976 details buying two limes for 99 cents each and a head of broccoli for $3.99 from the grocery store Metro. The total for both items was $5.97.
Appalled by these prices, the poster decided to check out the same items on Walmart’s website, as well as the U.K. supermarket chain, Tesco.
At Walmart, the limes cost 77 cents each and the broccoli was $2.97, for a total of $4.51.
Across the pond at Tesco, limes were 39 cents each and the broccoli was $1.33, after converting to Canadian currency, for a total of $2.11.
The poster says they’ve heard all the reasons for the high prices of food, including lack of competition and monopolies owned by the same families. However, that didn’t do anything to ease their frustration and confusion.
“But WTAF, seriously,” the poster decried. “Why is this place so soddin’ expensive for literally everything? Are we just mugs?”
(Mugs is British slang for a person who is unintelligent or easily deceived.)
Commenters agree: ‘Actually a very Canadian thing’
In the comments, some people felt that increasingly high grocery prices were a reflection of Canadians’ general demeanour.
“There’s a clear grift happening with food in Canada and we aren’t mad enough yet about it,” CrumplyRump wrote.
“Being complacent and accepting getting run over by the government is actually a very Canadian thing to do,” Barnicus57 added.
Some noted that produce in Canada is more expensive than in the U.K. because of how far it has to travel, especially in the offseason.
“It is simply down to distance, it costs money to move the product and refrigerate it,” roflcopter44444 wrote. “And also is why the freshness of the product we get isn’t as good.”
“In Canada most of our limes come from Ecuador over 5,000 kilometres away,” bigdaddyhame wrote. “In the U.K., limes come from Spain, which for example, London is just over 1,000 kilometres away from Madrid.”
Some commenters commended European deep discount supermarkets like Lidl and Aldi, which can be found in some U.S states, but are not located in Canada.
“Their prices are uniquely cheap because they sell only a tiny fraction of what other supermarkets sell, they don’t have regular inventory of many things, they have smaller stores, and the things they do sell are usually of their own brand,” bureX says.
“If they come to Canada, [Loblaws, Metro, Sobeys] will be soiling their pantaloons, I assure you!”