The shipping costs to such a remote country, high employee wages, and the lack of competition in the market are all primary factors in the cost of things here, but today on my walk with the kiddo, it occurred to me that maybe there's another factor helping to push grocery store prices so high. I think they're going broke on grocery carts (trolleys).
I can't explain it, but people in my neighborhood in Sydney seem to think nothing of walking out of the grocery store with their cart, taking it all the way home with them, and then dumping it on their lawn or sidewalk. We don't live in a dodgy "broken window" neighborhood, in fact our part of town is often disparaged as sort of hoity-toity. Yet, we're dotted with trolleys.
One of the funniest sights I've witnessed in Sydney was walking behind this absolute Nordic model looking woman - 6 feet tall, early 20s, blonde hair, decked out in black leggings and this super posh black leather jacket. She was one of those head-turning women, and there she was striding up busy Military Road pushing a full Coles shopping cart. I must have given her a look because as we passed her, she sort of said with her face, "I know, but - hey - what are you gonna do?"
Here is the cart detritus that I passed just today in our walk to the post office, less than a mile from our apartment.
|Hard to see, but there's a trolley hidden in the garage.|
I have to think that if Coles and Woolies could spend less on replacing an army of wayward carts, maybe they could lower the price of a loaf of bread.