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Overpriced produce at cafes and bakeries

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 26, 2012 at 6:52 PM

I was at Starbucks where everything is overpriced, but I've seen this other places as well. At the checkout, there's a basket of bananas for $1.00 each. I can buy an entire bunch of bananas for $1.20 just down the street. So what's the deal? Are they just charging this much because they can? Or do they really not want people to buy the bananas? Or is it because no one buys the bananas so they have to overprice them in order to make up for the lost produce at the end of the day?

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on September 27, 2012
at 06:11 PM

Good point. Guess I hadn't thought about it that much.

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on September 26, 2012
at 09:04 PM

Starbucks is not a grocery store. Where do you think they get their supply? They still have to turn a profit.

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on September 26, 2012
at 08:39 PM

I'm not a regular Starbucks patron and even got into a fight with my mom about it once (we were in a cute little beach town with tons of locally owned options yet she insisted on going to Starbucks...), but there have been occasions when I've been in a bind and the banana, while overpriced, was a welcome alternative to the pastry options that I would have gone for if not for the banana. I gladly paid not simply for the banana, but for the only sustenance available that wouldn't have resulted in sacrificing the coveted 20% in my 80/20 paleo lifestyle.

As everyone already stated, it's a mark-up for profit like all restaurants do. In the case of the banana, it's typically such an inexpensive item that the mark-up is more apparent than on most other things.

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on September 26, 2012
at 07:21 PM

I can also make myself a cup of coffee at home for about 20 cents, yet Starbucks sells them for $4. I'm not sure why you're questioning why they'd sell a banana for $1?

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on September 26, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Of course, you're paying for convenience. Starbuck's is not a grocery store. Personally, I don't find them particularly overpriced. A cup of coffee at our local Starbuck's is $1.65. I rarely buy it, since I brew coffee at home, but I don't think we can really fault a business that offers us ready to eat food for having higher prices than grocery stores. I'm glad to hear they offer the option of whole fruit. That's pretty cool.

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on September 26, 2012
at 07:14 PM

They sell a banana for $1 because they can, people buy 'em, they do it out of "convenience". For me it's plain stupid

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on September 26, 2012
at 08:03 PM

They up the price to make a profit and to cover their costs. They are also providing the produce as a convenience to their customers.

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on September 27, 2012
at 03:15 AM

This is no different than when people are in my cafe at work and going "OMG, your apples are $1?" / "OMG your pops are $2.25?"

I work onboard a train in the cafe car. It's the convenience of having it available for purchase at the cafe...You want a whole bunch of nanners? I guess you should have bought them for yourself when you were at the grocery store!

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on September 26, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Restaurant mark up. Like a bottle of wine, or anything else you could buy in its whole, complete form outside of the restaurant. I don't see the big deal, sometimes it might be the only place to get a banana for someone, who knows. I'd say it's better that they have it than not have it.

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