Ripped Off

24 Jun

Every time I go into a store in Australia, I am always comparing the prices here to what they are for the exact same product in America. I wonder if I will ever get used to the ultra-inflated prices here and they will just become my new “normal” to the point where I will feel I am getting a super deal anytime I shop in America. Or maybe I’ll just keep feeling perpetually ripped off. It’s a good way to curb my shopping. Feeling ripped off makes me not want to buy anything.

14 Responses to “Ripped Off”

  1. maggiemyklebust June 25, 2012 at 1:06 am #

    How long have you been there?
    It took me years to stop comparing prices here in Norway to those back in the States 🙂

    • housewifedownunder June 25, 2012 at 1:07 am #

      About six months now. And G has been spoiled by being in America and seeing how cheap everything is there. Now when we go shopping for anything, he always asks me what it costs in America and when I tell him, he goes, “We get so ripped off here!”

      • maggiemyklebust June 25, 2012 at 1:20 am #

        Same for us!
        As a matter of fact, the first few years we lived here the only thing I would buy was food (because I had too)
        We would go back to the States every summer and load up… (you were allowed a lot more weight back then)
        I’d get everything from toothpaste to cake mixes and I still only buy my clothes in New Jersey, where there is NO tax on clothes… Here its 24%…sigh

      • housewifedownunder June 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

        I’m surprised that New Jersey of all places would have tax-free shopping on clothes. Minnesota does, too, and I always stock up at Mall of America!

      • maggiemyklebust June 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm #

        Its because of all the Atlantic City Casino revenue, they get tax breaks and no tax on clothes..

  2. Wendy July 5, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    I just moved here from Austin, TX. My 1st shock? Taking my kids to the movie theater, OMG! So expensive!!

  3. josephinedayco September 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    “Feeling ripped off makes me not want to buy anything” —that’s exactly how I feel, too! Don’t you find it funny how the news keeps reporting the massive increase in online sales and online shoppers as if it’s totally unfathomable? Hello Australian businesses, get a clue.

    • housewifedownunder September 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

      I just bought a pair of Nike Structure running shoes in America at full price for $90, which felt like a steal to me, because the exact same shoe here is $250. It used to be I’d never pay full price for shoes in America, but now when I do, I feel like I’m getting a great deal.

  4. alifeworthknowing September 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm #

    I’m a Wisconsinite that now lives in New Zealand and I am BLOWN AWAY by the inflated prices! Everything from beer, movies, shoes, clothes, meat, magazines, mascara, petrol etc. I’m back in the States for a few weeks and am buying things like they’re going out of style. It’s stock up time!

    • housewifedownunder September 25, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

      That’s what I just did! We came back with a whole load of clothes, electronics, cosmetics, etc. We even bought an extra suitcase to bring it all back in. I never used to pay full price for anything in America, but now when I do, I feel like I’m getting an awesome deal compared to here.

      • alifeworthknowing September 26, 2012 at 1:33 am #

        I think I just singlehandedly brought Minnesota out of the recession by the amount of money I spent at Mall of America. Everything I saw I was like “Wow! What a bargain! Must have it now.”

      • housewifedownunder September 26, 2012 at 10:07 am #

        I only got to spend a couple hours there, so I didn’t get as much as I wanted because I didn’t have time to browse, but usually I spend a whole day there and buy everything in sight. I had been hoping to get summer clothes on clearance, but all the good stuff was pretty picked over and I kind of figure I’m not really going to need anymore sweaters for a while.


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