Is the Price of Milk Different on Your Block?
October 4th, 2007
In attempt to assess the disparities in prices at various stores around the city, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer reached out to his listeners and had them go to stores and see how much it cost for a six pack of Budweiser beer, a quart of regular, non-organic milk and a head of iceberg lettuce.
The biggest difference in price was in beer. A D’Agastino in Murray Hill charged the most for beer at $10.99, while a place on Grand Street in the Lower East Side charged the lowest at $4.99. The biggest difference in lettuce is $2.29 versus $1.29. $2.59 was the highest paid for milk versus 99 cents for milk in the Lower East Side.
Supermarkets were not only usually cheaper than delis, the prices were much more stable. This is particularly problematic, Lehrer notes, because many supermarkets shun low income neighborhoods.
The highest price for all three items at a deli was $12.92 East Village Farms versus $8.47 at Golden Farms in Kensington, Brooklyn. The highest supermarket — a ShopRite in Bloomfield New Jersey — charged $8.87 at versus $7.47 at the Fine Fare on the Lower East Side.
Lehrer based his results on the first 100 responses.
One of his guests, Tracy Shelton, consumer attorney at NYPIRG, said, “Very nearby locales having such a disparity in price” is “unfair and predatory to the people who shop there.”
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