The better we get at selling our stuff overseas, the more expensive life becomes for us

via RadioLive

A supermarket basket of essentials costs 37 percent more in New Zealand than it does in Australia, and a litre of unleaded petrol costs 43 percent more.

Richie Leef, 49, is a member of the ‘Kiwis in Aus’ Facebook page. Having moved to Sydney’s west two years ago, he came home for a visit this week and said he “absolutely” was frustrated by the costs.

“Milk, you know, the basic essentials that your children need for their morning breakfast, butter, I also noticed the meat comparing to Australia is probably twice as much for the value that you get here,” he said.

Indeed, buying online a trolley of the same 11 basic goods – bread, butter, cheese, milk, eggs, flour, sugar, weetbix, spaghetti, pasta sauce, and mince – cost $35 in Australia and $49 in New Zealand.

That’s choosing the cheapest option each time from Countdown in New Zealand and Woolworths in Australia.

Even the weights were the same, but the cost even after accounting for exchange rates was $13 more in New Zealand.

“My girl went to weigh up four apples and it cost her nearly $7 – you know, like, four apples, I mean, come on,” Mr Leef said.

“I told her to put it back.”

He said he wanted to move back home, but doubted he could afford to.

Food and Grocery Council spokesperson Brent Webling said it was as simple as economies of scale, with Australia’s population’s more than five times that of New Zealand.

“They can produce goods for less than we can and that makes a difference at the checkout,” Mr Webling said.

“We can also put some of the blame for our high prices on the economic growth in our expanding markets in Asia and the East.

“As the standard of living rises in those countries, our high-quality food exports are in even higher demand and that puts pressure on prices.

The usual “grass is greener” whining from Kiwi expats in Australia aside, it is true that if our farmers and horticulturists can sell their stuff for twice the price overseas, they’re not going to sell it to us unless we pay the same amount.

Or, we get the thirds.   All the ones that are too small, have blight, dents, scratches or are malformed.  And then they are still pricey.

Oh the joy when we have a “cancelled export order” hitting our shelves.  Like Venezuelan Zombies we pay as much as we always pay but finally get to eat the stuff that is normally reserved for people overseas.



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