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are prices in your favorite shops, bars, roach coaches and restaurants going up ?
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are prices in your favorite shops, bars, roach coaches and restaurants going up ?
They have been going up for the past 18 months. My travel receipts from same hotel and same restaurant over the period show about 15% increase, more for airfare.

Food prices went up due to transportation costs but I notice they have not yet moved back down since those costs dropped.

Talking to the owner of a restaurant today about flour prices. They spiked at $45 per 50#bag just six months or so ago [when I ended up with a truck load in my shop at the lower rate]. Those prices have now moved back down to $22 but I notice his prices have not gone down on the menu.

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Food prices went up due to transportation costs but I notice they have not yet moved back down since those costs dropped.
Ain't that the truth. And where they haven't raised prices, I'm noticing they're reducing quantities. Once upon a time, a half-gallon of ice cream was a half a gallon. Then it's been 1.75 quarts for awhile, and now it's suddenly 1.5 quarts. Sneaky!

And tuna used to be 6.5 oz, then 6 oz. Now I notice the good Bumble Bee stuff is 5 oz.

Soup's getting smaller and smaller too. Where does it end?

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Muffin, if you have been paying attention just here in the OT you have have snapped on to this 12 to 18 months ago. You may want to send a memo to Jay.........
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Muffin, if you have been paying attention just here in the OT you have have snapped on to this 12 to 18 months ago. You may want to send a memo to Jay.........
The last straw was the roach coach hiking prices recently. Given that commodities are down and recession is anear, it's surprising.
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About 10 years ago I used to be able to budget $6 a day or so for lunch...now I pretty much budget $12 a day.

I think a big part of it is drink prices. Soda/tea used to be like $0.99, now it's common for places to charge $2.49 for a non-water. Most people don't even think, and never ask what it costs. The waiter/waitress comes up and says "what would you like to drink" and you're happy to be served that quickly.
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While all acknowledge that price increases are at a record pace, no one seems willing to admit that the recent oil prices had a significant impact on this, in spite of the fact that transportation costs were doubled. I, personally, have witnessed our manufacturing materials increase over 30% in the last 9 months and no relief is in sight, since all the paper suppliers, ink suppliers, solvent suppliers, plastics suppliers are content holding up the prices as long as they can.

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What's the going rate for whores in Milfun City?
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Food prices were also impacted by this absolutely insipid ethanol policy, which I can only hope our President-Elect helps to turn into something sensible.
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Definitely going up! I am hungry but don't want to go out
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