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speee1dy
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wow, hubby went to buy milk and butter today.

milk 1/2 gal organic for 8.95
butter about the same price

both at pueblo. he did not buy them

but wtf.

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2015 4:38 pm
SkysTheLimit
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National average.

http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/dybretail.pdf

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Posted : November 16, 2015 4:58 pm
speee1dy
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thats just crazy

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2015 5:23 pm
Alana33
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No big surprise that we're paying more than double per item than stateside. When an fresh ear of corn is 10¢ at publix and $1.09 here for a not so fresh ear, well, you get the drift....the mark up is even more. Per Item.

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Posted : November 16, 2015 5:46 pm
speee1dy
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ll this after the government mentioned doing something about it

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Topic starter Posted : November 16, 2015 6:25 pm
Alana33
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They haven't done anything yet but make an announcement that they're going to do something about it.

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Posted : November 16, 2015 8:01 pm
CruzanIron
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wow, hubby went to buy milk and butter today.

milk 1/2 gal organic for 8.95
butter about the same price

both at pueblo. he did not buy them

but wtf.

If you want organic then be prepared to accept the premium price.

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Posted : November 16, 2015 8:11 pm
Bombi
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Butter $3.99 at CULess
1.75 liter Cruzan Rum 12.99 at both Plaza's
No bananas anywhere
I think the organic milk is $5.99 at CUL
Tonic water $1.29 at Plaza east
Check out their weekly flyers online.

You really need to shop like 3 stores to get your stuff without getting ripped off. Lately the produce at a Plaza West has been the best. For stuff like trash and storage bags, coffee health and beauty spend $50 at Walmart for free shipping that takes about 2-3 weeks. It's a good time to start a few tomato, pepper and cucumber plants. Be well. And at lest gas is below $3

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Posted : November 16, 2015 8:30 pm
Spartygrad95
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wow, hubby went to buy milk and butter today.

milk 1/2 gal organic for 8.95
butter about the same price

both at pueblo. he did not buy them

but wtf.

If you want organic then be prepared to accept the premium price.

But the self righteousness you get by knowing you are making better food choices than other people is priceless.

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Posted : November 16, 2015 11:55 pm
stjohnjulie
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wow, hubby went to buy milk and butter today.

milk 1/2 gal organic for 8.95
butter about the same price

both at pueblo. he did not buy them

but wtf.

Ha! Sounds like hubby went to St. John to shop. That's pretty much the norm here. I spring for the organic milk because I have a young son who is the milk drinker in the house.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 9:05 am
speee1dy
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lol sparty.

i actually prefer the taste of the organic over the others sold here and it stays fresh longer.

last time i went to cul butter was 5 something.

stjohnjulie-ugh

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Topic starter Posted : November 17, 2015 10:31 am
isl3985
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ll this after the government mentioned doing something about it

It's not the government's job to set food prices, at least not in a "free" society.

Oh wait, this is the nanny-state VI we're talking about!!!!

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Posted : November 17, 2015 11:03 am
vicanuck
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I've lived here long enough to not worry about such things anymore. It is what it is.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 11:04 am
SkysTheLimit
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I've lived here long enough to not worry about such things anymore. It is what it is.

Yup, It is what it is,......A ripoff

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Posted : November 17, 2015 11:10 am
Spartygrad95
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ll this after the government mentioned doing something about it

It's not the government's job to set food prices, at least not in a "free" society.

Oh wait, this is the nanny-state VI we're talking about!!!!

Correct it is the job of the private businesses working in collusion to set prices.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 12:26 pm
isl3985
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Well you islanders let "outsiders" come in and take control of all the businesses, and then complain when they set prices you don't like, and then STILL shop there instead of getting together as a community and make your own business to compete.

Nah, dah too much wok mison! I'll let the government take care of me instead!

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Posted : November 17, 2015 12:47 pm
OldTart
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As far as what "we islanders" do where businesses are concerned, the majority of supermarkets and convenience stores here are owned by resident locals and not by "outsiders". Personally I don't complain about prices, just take my time shopping to find the best deals, just as I would do wherever I lived. It's a shame that you seem to have such a very negative view of the way the islands operate in general - and as demonstrated in your several disparaging comments about its people.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 1:23 pm
isl3985
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I guess all the complaints I've heard from locals over the years about "da Arab dem" and Puerto Ricans in regards to stores must all be a myth......

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Posted : November 17, 2015 1:32 pm
speee1dy
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those that live here are local.

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Topic starter Posted : November 17, 2015 1:48 pm
OldTart
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those that live here are local.

(tu)

One of the major supermarket owners here is a naturalized US citizen from Jordan who's lived in the USVI for 3+ decades, and raised his10 children in the USVI (all of whom are US citizens by birth and some of whom now operate the business). The disparaging comments made by poster Isl3935 are simply borne of ignorance and typical of a very small but vociferous faction of those who come here to live for a few years and then leave but feel compelled to sit in from afar and take digs at everything. Sad.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 2:22 pm
speee1dy
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agree with you on that one OldTart

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Topic starter Posted : November 17, 2015 2:50 pm
CarlHartmann
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Also agree.

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Posted : November 17, 2015 8:03 pm
Scubadoo
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For stuff like trash and storage bags, coffee health and beauty spend $50 at Walmart for free shipping that takes about 2-3 weeks.

I may post this question in a few threads if need be but seems relevant to this active thread since any duties would factor in to total price of goods. What carrier does Walmart or any other online merchant typically use to ship to STX and are customs duties levied somehow on this? It's been stated in other threads that customs duties aren't levied on USPS packages but I don't know what the other shipping options are. I imagine that online merchants that ship to STX aren't going to use a freight forwarder like Paradise. And if duties are collected for online orders/shipments how does that work, COD?

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Posted : November 18, 2015 1:49 am
OldTart
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In my experience, online merchants use USPS to ship to the USVI and don't ship anything which isn't accepted by USPS because of either content, weight or size.

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Posted : November 18, 2015 9:49 am
Exit Zero
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Concerning the butter discussion earlier: CostUless has Tillamook butter on sale at $4.00 a lb. today -- stocking up on anything like this if possible is one of the ways to counteract the normal prices.
Coke products were $3.88 12 pak cans , Monday I paid $5.39.
At Pueblo subbase the Campbells gravy in cans was $1.25 versus $2.19 regular price yesterday.
I just watch for the things I use on a regular basis and sometimes these kinds of products are on sale, not stateside type sales storewide but still very economical overall.
The CostUless brochure in the Daily News today had quite a few good prices.

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Posted : November 18, 2015 4:31 pm
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