Last night as I we preparing for bed I realized that I didn't have any milk. But, I figured this would not be a problem, because there is a little grocer/convenience store at the corner of the street that I just moved onto.
So when I went there this morning I discovered several things.
There was only one kind of milk available: whole. They're calling it "Vitamin D" these days. I guess whole sounds bad. I drink skim.
But, since I needed milk for my cereal this morning and I would like to support my neighborhood economy I decided to buy a 1/2 gallon of Vitamin D Milk.
I paid $2.99. If that seems outrageously expensive for a half gallon of milk, then our feelings are mutual.
It wasn't until I got home and looked at the label that I saw that the brand of the milk is "Great Value." Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's Wal-Mart. So, I'm wondering if the (stereotypically Arab) store owner just goes to Wal-Mart occasionally to buy groceries for his store, and then just marks them up?
The people who live in the area don't have access to transportation and the little corner groceries therefore have a captive audience, of sorts. Groceries are most expensive where people are the poorest.