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Title: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 16, 2022, 10:34:14 pm
Mini-paprika containers going from 4500 won to 1500 won for two straight weeks at this one supermarket? (Other places 3500 won and higher)

Smoked cheese from the Netherlands (expiry date November 2022) for 3900 won at a convenience store in a town where only one other place, a major supermarket, carries even a single European cheese for twice the price.

I understand why Chilean wine under the FTA goes for 6500 won many places, and that watermelon prices vary from 8000 won to 24000 won for the same size fruit at different times of the year. Similar with bananas and onions.

But sometimes you feel you have a STEAL or baulk at a RIP OFF. This thread is for you.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 16, 2022, 10:48:20 pm
Why are large bars of chocolate from France for sale at Emart at just under 1000 won in 2022?

I drove an hour to Emart and surprise, surprise, again the "No Brand" French chocolate is all sold out (hit and miss for years - about a 60% hit rate for me). I'd gladly pay double for certainty of supply. Swiss major brands are alongside for 5000 won plus.

Both my students & I love the stuff.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Lazio on June 17, 2022, 07:54:55 am
Why are large bars of chocolate from France for sale at Emart at just under 1000 won in 2022?

I drove an hour to Emart and surprise, surprise, again the "No Brand" French chocolate is all sold out (hit and miss for years - about a 60% hit rate for me). I'd gladly pay double for certainty of supply. Swiss major brands are alongside for 5000 won plus.

Both my students & I love the stuff.

Anything and everything can be purchased online. Including No-brand chocolate.
Also, Emart's convenience store, Emart24 can be found everywhere. They carry some no-brand products too.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Aristocrat on June 17, 2022, 11:36:07 am

I drove an hour to Emart and surprise, surprise, again the "No Brand" French chocolate is all sold out (hit and miss for years - about a 60% hit rate for me). I'd gladly pay double for certainty of supply. Swiss major brands are alongside for 5000 won plus.

Both my students & I love the stuff.

You kind of remind me of my late grandma, who insisted on being driven to the Woolworths 30min away so she could use a R5 (roughly 500 won) coupon for frozen peas.

As Lazio said, Coupang's Rocket Shipping is kind of where it's all at.

While expensive, I find the good chocolate at Olive Young and I like you, I buy it in person as it stops me from overindulging. Fridays are my chocolate day.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 17, 2022, 11:56:53 am
Gee. Stay at home.
Order online.
Do not buy local. *lol*

Thank you Lazio.
F peas (a Brit thing).

Garlic, onion, peppers, ginger, greens, .... add wtf else... that base will health you up! TRADE MARK: Health You Up!
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Savant on June 17, 2022, 11:57:10 am
Why are large bars of chocolate from France for sale at Emart at just under 1000 won in 2022?

I drove an hour to Emart and surprise, surprise, again the "No Brand" French chocolate is all sold out (hit and miss for years - about a 60% hit rate for me). I'd gladly pay double for certainty of supply. Swiss major brands are alongside for 5000 won plus.

Both my students & I love the stuff.

Those are my go-to chocolate bars. There are sometimes sold in Emart but best to get them in the NoBrand stores.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: kevingrabb on June 17, 2022, 12:15:39 pm
and I like you
We like you, too.

You kind of remind me of my late grandma, who insisted on being driven to the Woolworths 30min away so she could use a R5 (roughly 500 won) coupon for frozen peas.

And yeah, ANYTHING you do that is not leisure should be measured in, at least!, minimum wage.

I saved 10 dollars by accumulating 47 dollars of time and gas!

Uhhhhhhhhhhh, no. You're doing it wrong.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 17, 2022, 12:42:14 pm
If you can, try and look up a local chocolatier and give them a try. Of course not everyone is in a big city and there might not be many options, but give it a try. I would recommend the occasional truffle over a whole bar of cheap, but to each their own.

Also, I'd agree that decent chocolate sometimes can be found in weird/surprising places. Parie Baguette used to have a surprisingly decent truffle assortment that wasn't outrageously priced and I think I remember picking up another in some completely random place like an Olive Young or Innisfree or a shoe store or some crap like that. Korea sometimes does that with random stuff for sale. Wouldn't be surprised if I walked into a "comfortable" tire shop and saw some chocolates for sale.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Orkblut on June 17, 2022, 12:49:12 pm
The only food stuff I buy online are those 1 liter bottles of Valentina hot sauce for my cheese omelettes because when the stores do have it here in Sweden it's always those smaller bottles which simply don't last long enough.

I love grocery shopping though, I mean who doesn't like food? Same with traveling to other countries, first thing I want to check out (after the 3rd-world exploited hookers of course, because I want to contribute to their economies and nothing else) are the supermarkets.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Bakeacake on June 17, 2022, 01:10:23 pm
I buy the gallon jug of franks red hot on coupang for like 40,000 won.  it will last about 4 months. highly recommend if you put hot sauce on things. theres nothing that tastes better than franks in my opinion.

no brand stores have been steadily raising their prices for a while. I used to always get the 2 pack of duck breast for 8,900 won.  now its 12,900.  Their supply is often spotty and inconsistent with a lot of items. The local one here doesnt carry their 8,000 won bag of whole coffee beans anymore. So now i buy that online as well. getting a much better coffee for 11,000. I travel around to the varying grocery stores for different things, no brand for frozen, top mart for meat and veg, emart for dog treats and anxiety. nothing is worse that cruising around emart on a saturday when you know theyre closed the next sunday.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Aristocrat on June 17, 2022, 01:33:22 pm
We like you, too.

Feeling is mutual, but fabricate words in my quote again and that will no longer be the case ;D

F peas (a Brit thing).

Garlic, onion, peppers, ginger, greens, .... add wtf else... that base will health you up! TRADE MARK: Health You Up!

Watch your mouth! That woman's home cooking is a big part of why I'm 186cm, of that I'm convinced. My brother, same genetics and everything hates vegetables (usually just ate the meat and rice) and sports. He's at least 14cm shorter than me.

No vegetable didn't find it's way on her table, but broccoli, onions, cabbage, carrots and squash were her go to... and of course, lentils and plenty of unprocessed MEAT!
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Augustiner on June 17, 2022, 01:46:46 pm
I buy the gallon jug of franks red hot on coupang for like 40,000 won.  it will last about 4 months. highly recommend if you put hot sauce on things. theres nothing that tastes better than franks in my opinion.


I like the Frank's as well, but you can get two of those big bottles at Costco these days for a hell of a lot less than 40k.  Probably not a gallon but they're pretty big.  They say Frank's Wings but it tastes the same to me. 
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 17, 2022, 01:59:51 pm
You can get some pretty decent hot sauces from the U.S. on Coupang Rocket. Also Nando's sauces.

Stuff like Melinda's, Marie Sharp's Habanero, Small Axe Peppers, Dave's Insanity, etc. GOOD stuff.

And your standards as well- Aforementioned Valentina (choice), Tapatio, Cholula, Crystal, Louisiana Hot, etc.

And BBQ sauces like Stubb's, Braswell's, Sweet Baby Ray's.

I can't settle on one, so it's great if you're like me and have to mix it up.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Mr.DeMartino on June 17, 2022, 02:09:31 pm
The local one here doesnt carry their 8,000 won bag of whole coffee beans anymore. So now i buy that online as well. getting a much better coffee for 11,000. I
I'd add that if you stumble around and find a coffee shop you like  in another city, give their store a search on naver or coupang or wherever and there's a chance they might do shipping.

Likewise if you're just looking for a certain single-origin. Some even let you specify the roast or have multiple roasts to choose from for each varietal.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Lazio on June 20, 2022, 07:19:52 am
I like the Frank's as well, but you can get two of those big bottles at Costco these days for a hell of a lot less than 40k.  Probably not a gallon but they're pretty big.  They say Frank's Wings but it tastes the same to me. 

It's on sale this week:
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Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Savant on June 21, 2022, 09:18:24 pm
Going back to the No Brand products.

Bought some "Greek style" ade juice last week - Apple and Limeade. 500ml carton was around 1,500 won.
Loved it so much that I bought it again this week, alongwith, the other flavors: Lemonade, Cherryade and Orange/Apricotade. All taste delicious and refreshing. Perfect for the summer!
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 21, 2022, 10:16:48 pm
...Watch your mouth! That woman's home cooking is a big part of why I'm 186cm, of that I'm convinced. My brother, same genetics and everything hates vegetables (usually just ate the meat and rice) and sports. He's at least 14cm shorter than me.

No vegetable didn't find it's way on her table, but broccoli, onions, cabbage, carrots and squash were her go to... and of course, lentils...
Indeed... those are quality veggies!

Just f the peas.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Lazio on June 22, 2022, 08:23:10 am
Indeed... those are quality veggies!

Just f the peas.

My grandmother would plant a lot of peas in batches so she could extend the harvest season and we could enjoy them fresh for longer. She would go out to her garden, pick some peas, pull up some baby carrots, onions, then some parsley and maybe a turnip cabbage if she had. Then she would cook a wonderful soup out of them with some dumplings added. What was in her garden just an hour before, was on the table in a bowl, ready to eat.
It doesn't really get better than that.

Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: kevingrabb on June 22, 2022, 09:30:18 am
Just f the peas.
(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/masonry/002/239/786/072.jpg)
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Orkblut on June 22, 2022, 11:33:42 am
Just f the peas.

Do you seriously mean to tell us that you are *not* the number one borsofozelek fan on the peninsula? Say it ain't so, toots!
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Aristocrat on June 22, 2022, 01:30:27 pm
Indeed... those are quality veggies!

Just f the peas.

If it's a taste thing then sure, everyone is entitled to their preference.
For me, it's eggplant, too rubbery and I can't think of any dish that doesn't taste worse after adding eggplant.

If you're saying peas are "harmful" then nah... I don't buy that.

So far, I've lived a very healthy and active life by ignoring alarmist internet articles like "VEGETABLES YOU DIDN'T KNOW WERE DANGEROUS!" and eating the same foods athletes have been eating for thousands of years.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 22, 2022, 01:51:59 pm
Do you seriously mean to tell us that you are *not* the number one borsofozelek fan on the peninsula? Say it ain't so, toots!
Never had it. My dad didn't like peas either. My friend's mom would boil frozen peas and put them with salt next to a hunk of meat and mashed potatoes. (I didn't enjoy the bland dishes at his house).

Never had eggplant at home other than two times after college i bought it and had no idea what to do with it and it just sat until spoiled in the fridge (this was before the Internet: now it's quick and easy to find recipes, ideas, tips, etc). I have had a great eggplant pasta dish in a restaurant once.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Orkblut on June 22, 2022, 10:54:44 pm
All this pea hatred must make it a nightmare constructing vegetable bead necklaces. Surely you don't use cloves garlic on your necklaces? That would make you the laughing stock of the Vegetable Jewelry Fest in my part of town believe you me.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Orkblut on June 22, 2022, 11:46:19 pm
That's the spirit, Rye. A life without peas is an empty one, or so they say. Most people have yet to realize it, but peas work really well in fried tacos. Why they haven't made a significant presence yet on hot dogs is beyond me.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 23, 2022, 12:35:48 am
All this pea hatred must make it a nightmare constructing vegetable bead necklaces. Surely you don't use cloves garlic on your necklaces?
1.Our family kitchen had strings of hot peppers and garlic strung about;
2. My dad's Hungarian upbringing probably wanted him to keep the Romanian Transylvanian vamps away!
3. Garlic is a superfood.

Quote from: Rye
Peas are great.... boiled peas to go with your mashed potatoes... peas in a casserole, mushy peas from a can, peas with pie, and inside pie...it never stops.
Please stop. *Horror*.

At least you weren't the poster on this thread (Orkbutt) praising the idea of eating peas on a hot dog.  *Hurl*

Quote from: Rye
Peas are nearly as wonderful and versatile as the chicken.
Equally as bland.

Substitute duck and green onion for chicken and peas and live a little.
 
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I'll get my wife to buy a sack of peas in the pod tomorrow, so I can spend my free time on Friday, shelling them.
Are frozen peas in this country in the pod? ... Huh. Continually, ... F peas.

You pea guys probably like corn on pizza, eh? C'mon, admit it.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: Orkblut on June 23, 2022, 02:41:19 am
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Garlicky white sauce topped by layers of punchy parmesan cheese, smokey prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, and bright green fresh peas is what all your spring pizza dreams are made of.

https://themodernproper.com/pea-and-prosciutto-pizza

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Pizza With Pea Puree, Spring Onions, Feta Cheese and Hard-boiled Eggs

https://www.lacucinaitaliana.com/recipe/pizza/pizza-with-pea-puree-green-onion-feta-cheese-and-hard-boiled-egg?refresh_ce=

This is but a taste of what can be accomplished in the kitchen with an open mind and an even more open can of peas. I hope it serves as an inspiration to you, Van, on your culinary journey and dare I say escapade.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: VanIslander on June 23, 2022, 05:49:49 pm
You lost me at "pizza with pea puree".

I have thoroughly enjoyed a pasta with berries dish. And rice with lemon. And lentils in a tomato walnut sauce.

There are some surprisingly amazing unusual combos.
Title: Re: EPIC PRICING: way too low - not a loss leader or blowout; or too high *crickets*
Post by: WhenInRome... on June 24, 2022, 11:30:40 am
Aristocrat's gym. Not food, although I did see some yummy dishes there ;)

Price was too high. 100 bucks a month, only to be surrounded by hairy dudes saying I had "chicken legs." One gentleman said "Hey, you loser. Look at this loser. He's such a loser. I bet he can't even bench the bar, the big loser!" I persevered and although it took a while and a lot of grunting, I did in fact bench the bar. I showed him, though the verbal abuse was a bit much.

Another gentleman said, "He's so thin. He's a thin man! He's just a thin man, like a worm! He's too thin to be here!" He wasn't wrong, I was thin. But I wanted to belong. And for 100 bucks a month I should not have to put up with such horrible name calling.