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Old 07-01-2014, 05:57   #1
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Argument about Bahamian food prices

The Admiral and myself are having a discussion about food prices in the Exumas/Georgetown. I say they average about 30%-50% more than here in the states. She says they are double. I know some things are really high but some are about the same or less. So what is your experience?
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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

Perishables and heavy bulky items are close to double in places (Beer, Milk, OJ, meat etc). Staple dry goods seem more reasonable. It also really depends where in the Bahamas you are shopping. Nassau is cheaper than the out islands. Smaller resort islands like Highbourne Cay are most expensive.
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Old 07-01-2014, 06:33   #3
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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

For the most part you are correct. On avaerage about 50% higher. Some things are much higher, and a few nearly the same. On some Islands with farming you can go to the government packing houses and get good prices on fresh produce as long as you don't expect a wide variety.
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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

Everything costs about 50% more. Meat even more. The only food that doesn't cost more is a few items that I think are price controlled such as canned corned beef, cheap cheddar cheese, and yeast.

Now in GT the prices go up when the cruisers arrive. Their summer prices are quite different. Well, someone has to pay for the "free" water and dinghy dock.
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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?

Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?

I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…

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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

Cheap rum offsets the high coast of food!
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Re: Argument about Bahamian food prices

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You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?

Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?

I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…

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On top of the food prices ice costs a fortune and is always slushy!!
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Cheap rum offsets the high coast of food!
Yesterday's price for rum (Old Nassau) here in Georgetown was 13.95... About the same as a decent bottle of wine.

Things are tough all over....

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You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?

Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?

I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…

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You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?

Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?

I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…

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Mark,

So very kind of you. On an unrelated note, the wind died last night, and I had to get out of bed to open another hatch... Even without covers or clothes on I was still slightly too warm.

Any helpful suggestions?
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You guys are sitting in the Bahamas arguing about the exact delta of food prices between two specific countries, and finding the need to come here to solve the argument?

Is it a bit cloudy there today? Did all the lobsters leave the Bahamas? Did your volleyball pop? Did you run out of rum?

I am so sorry for your unfortunate circumstances - please bring these problems to the people living in the NE US to help you with them…

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Well, it is a little bit cloudy here today. We're sitting at Blackpoint and it's blowin' 20-25 out of the NNE. It's still 77 degrees though. I have found that everything is at least 50-100% more here. The exception would be fuel. Still paying around 5 bucks a gallon for diesel and gas. Captain Morgan 25 bucks, soda twenty two bucks a case, cereal 8-10 bucks a box, one pound bag of chips eight bucks..etc. If you chose to use a credit card, tack on 5% to the bill. The point is, bring everything you need while here. Don't try to do a major provision while here, unless money is no object to you. If you eat out, lunches are going to average 10-12 bucks a plate. Not bad. If you eat dinner out, plan on 24-30 bucks an entrée.

We got to know the owner of Isles General Store on Staniel Cay fairly well and she explained why prices were what they were. Just to do something as simple as deposit the weeks receipts means getting on a plane and going to Nassau once a week. If you write a US check, it takes six weeks to clear! If the merchandise comes from outside the Bahamas there is a 15% import duty tacked on. Once her order is in Nassau then it has to be loaded on a boat and brought to the island. Then unloaded and brought to the store. There are a lot of hands in the pot before stuff ever hits her shelves. What she related to us was a real eye opener as why things cost so much here.

Please don't come down and complain about the prices. They are what they are and as far as we've seen the locals are not trying to overcharge the cruisers. Sure, you're gonna have to buy perishables but if you provision well before coming you'll be ok. It's a learning experience the first time. Next time we'll bring more soda, snacks, box milk, and cereal. Everything else we did fairly well stocking up on. Don't make the same mistake we did on the snacks. Even though we're not big snack eaters, we should have brought more. Reason is, you really should bring a small snack to share when invited to all the sundowners!

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Mark,

So very kind of you. On an unrelated note, the wind died last night, and I had to get out of bed to open another hatch... Even without covers or clothes on I was still slightly too warm.

Any helpful suggestions?
Yes, keep it to yourself...
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I have found that everything is at least 50-100% more here. The exception would be fuel. Still paying around 5 bucks a gallon for diesel and gas. Captain Morgan 25 bucks, soda twenty two bucks a case, cereal 8-10 bucks a box, one pound bag of chips eight bucks..etc.
Let's turn this upside down a bit - maybe calculate the difference between fresh caught lobster, conch, grouper and hogfish in the Bahamas and what the people in Montana are paying for the same?

Still pouting over the price of Pringles?

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If gasoline and milk are running at $5/gallon canadians will feel right at home!
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