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Author:  Torco [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:26 pm ]
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, how much does stuff cost where you live? take, for instance

a big mac
a liter and a half of mineral water
a simple ballpen
two liter cocacola bottle
a can of insecticide
a dildo
a plain notebook
a brand new toyota corolla
a monthly gym subscription
the services of a cheap hooker

Author:  faiuwle [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:08 pm ]
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I don't think I've bought any of those things in like, ten years.

Author:  vampireshark [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:14 pm ]
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Author:  finlay [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:53 pm ]
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These are all guesses.

a big mac - a quick google says around £2 ($3.10) on average, although I thought it was at least £3 ($4.65). I don't go to McD's that often.
a liter and a half of mineral water - i don't think we get 1.5L bottles, but it'll be something in the region of 80p ($1.24) for the cheapest
a simple ballpen - not sure, but i think i've got them for about 30p ($0.46) before
two liter cocacola bottle - £1.20 ($1.86) ish, not sure because i hate coke and never by 2L bottles anyway
a can of insecticide - no idea, we don't have insects unless you go up north into the countryside.
a dildo - start at £10 ($15.50), probably £20 ($30) for a decent one
a plain notebook - argh, not sure. £1-£2 ($1.50-$3), I would try and get away with paying less than £1.
a brand new toyota corolla - A Toyota auris (which has superseded the corolla in the uk) is £12,295 ($19,080) - £14,495 ($22,495) according to the website
a monthly gym subscription - I dunno. It was £40 ($62) at the place near my uni but I think it went up over the 5 years I was in York to £100 ($155). That's not a low-end place, though. At the municipal gyms in Edinburgh it's £5.20 ($8) a go if you've got the membership card, which is £25 ($40) for a year. If you go once a week that's an average of £24-25 a month. A private gym that came up on google is £25-35 ($40-55) a month with a joining fee of £45 ($70).
the services of a cheap hooker - Absolutely no idea, and I couldn't google this one for you... I hear £100 ($155) or £200 ($310) will get you sex with a normal hooker, no idea if that's overshooting the mark though.

Yeah, it's expensive here. :(

Author:  Yiuel Raumbesrairc [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:57 pm ]
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[quote="Torco"], how much does stuff cost where you live? take, for instance

a big mac = 4$
a liter and a half of mineral water = 0,75$
a simple ballpen = 1$
two liter cocacola bottle = 1,50$ (easily found cheaper on special)
a can of insecticide = 5$
a dildo = ??
a plain notebook = 1$
a brand new toyota corolla = 15 450$
a monthly gym subscription = 25$
the services of a cheap hooker = ??

Montreal, Canada

Author:  Salmoneus [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:54 pm ]
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I have only ever purchased one of those items. It was a long time ago, and my memory of the event is clouded by time, and possibly other factors.

Author:  Shm Jay [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:59 pm ]
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Why on earth are you comparing the prices of dildos? (or is it dildoes? dildi?)

Author:  zompist [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:52 pm ]
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There's this neat toy called "Google" which gives all sorts of information...

E.g. . Looks like $28 to $109 covers their best-sellers. Vibrators run from $18 to $52— a bargain!

Searching for hookers in Chicago gives , which gives an average of $34 per sex act— but the most frequent act is oral sex. Vaginal sex will run you twice that. And prostitutes turn out to do racial profiling: white customers pay a premium.

Author:  Torco [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:26 pm ]
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Author:  Astraios [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:30 pm ]
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Author:  Torco [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:35 pm ]
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Author:  Astraios [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:40 pm ]
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Author:  Yiuel Raumbesrairc [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 9:43 pm ]
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Author:  vampireshark [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:17 pm ]
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Author:  Bob Johnson [ Wed Jan 05, 2011 11:53 pm ]
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Author:  faiuwle [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:02 am ]
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Well, if you buy like a package of uncooked hot dogs from the grocery store, I bet they probably work out to $0.50 each or so, but if you buy them from some roadside hot dog stand, then yeah, they are $2.

From the gas station: 2-liter coke is $2.35. When I bought cigarettes for my sister, I remember them being about $5. Gas is $3.25/gallon here right now, but I remember when $1.50/gallon was considered highway robbery. :( (On the plus side, I don't drive anymore.) Something else you might want to add is a gallon of milk ($4 in the gas station, probably a bit less in the grocery store).

Author:  Radius Solis [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:10 am ]
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The only one of those I've ever bought is a two liter bottle of Coke, and I know the price of that because I drink it all the time. Typically $1.99 as a base price, but frequently on sale for as little as $1, if you are willing to buy six to get that price.

Author:  Bob Johnson [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:18 am ]
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Author:  Radius Solis [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:18 am ]
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Author:  Kereb [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:46 am ]
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okay here it is for stuff in Vancouver, to the best of my knowledge
(all values in Canadian Beaver Pelts)

a big mac

about four dollars. Seven for the combo with drink and fries

a liter and a half of mineral water

two dollars

a simple ballpen

thirty to fifty cents, but they usually come in packs of ten rather than singles

two liter cocacola bottle

three dollars

a can of insecticide

dunno. Ten bucks?

a dildo

low end to high end .... thirty dollars up to like two hundred

a plain notebook

three bucks

a brand new toyota corolla

twenty thousand dollars

a monthly gym subscription

forty bucks

the services of a cheap hooker

dunno. never paid for it. Don't intend to.

a kilo of beef

six, seven bucks

gasoline/petrol/whatever

it's like $1.15 a liter at the moment

a pack of your favourite cigarrettes

I like Du Maurier and Camel ... they're about ten bucks a pack
but you can get some pretty ghetto smokes for like six dollars a pack

a joint [of marihuana]

five dollars, pretty consistently. But it's not worth buying pre-rolled. I can get a QO for fifty bucks.

running shoes

fifty bucks for some bargain jankity ones, up to two-hundred-plus for fancy ones

a hot dog

two bucks for a crap 7-11 one, five or six bucks for a fancy one with onions and sauerkraut and whatnot from a street cart

Author:  finlay [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:27 am ]
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Author:  Cathbad [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:28 pm ]
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Embarrassingly enough, I have no idea what the actual prices for these items are here in Slovenia. :? I could tell you the price for a large, hearty loaf of bread (<1 euro), a small pot of yoghurt (25-90 cents, depending on size and brand), and most fruit (~1 euro per kilogram)... I would guess bottled water is around 60-80 cents per 1.5 liters (although you shouldn't quote me on this). I don't eat fast food, smoke, or hire hookers, and I only eat red meat in restaurants... etc.

According to pdfs , a Corolla apparently costs between 15,000 and 23,000 euros, depending on what kind of engine you choose (from 1,33 regular to 2,0 Diesel). Last I checked, gas is around 1.2 - 1.3 euros per liter, for 95 octane unleaded (I think diesel might actually be more expensive).

The ballpoint pens I buy (actually not technically ballpoint, since they use liquid ink; I write a lot by hand, and can't really stand the increased friction of cheap ballpoints) cost around 1.70 euros each, although I've paid 2+ pounds for a similar one in Britain.

I would add to the list, at the very least...

- monthly rent for a 1-bedroom apartment (40-60 square meters)
- average cost of a square meter of a flat/house (known to be ridiculously high in Ljubljana, usually 2000+ euros per square meter)
- a loaf of bread at a bakery
- 1 kilogram of salt, sugar, flour
- 1 kilogram of pasta
- 1 kilogram of onions
- 1 kilogram of lettuce
- 1 kilogram of apples
- 1 kilogram of bananas
- 1 kilogram of tee/coffee
- 1 liter of milk
- can of beer
- a single/daily bus ticket (for urban transport)
- cost of a long-distance train ticket (say 100 kilometers) or bus ticket for an equivalent journey
- yearly "vehicle upkeep" cost (including any road tax you must pay, the cost of registration & insurance...)
- cost of 1 year at university (in terms of fees)
- cost of a GP consultation
- cost of a dentist's consultation
- cost of a new LCD television
- cost of an iPhone
- cost of an average monthly mobile payment plan/subscription
- monthly costs of trash disposal, heating, electricity, water, and sewage for a smallish flat (~75 square meters)
- monthly cost of a high-speed internet connection
- 3-course dinner at a decent restaurant
- decent (ie. not overpriced English grocery-store) sandwich

At least among the majority population on this board, this could then possibly begin to provide a general idea of how 'cheap' certain places are (since around 75% of the above list is probably relevant to around 75% of the population). If not, I stand corrected... :roll:

Author:  Kereb [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:35 pm ]
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Author:  Bob Johnson [ Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:48 pm ]
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