|Prices Christmas shopping basket vary considerably|
|Monday, 27 December 2010 12:14|
WILLEMSTAD — From the price survey by Fundashon pa Konsumidó, there appears to be large price differences – in particular regarding the traditional Christmas products. Especially the prices differences for salted herring, mackerel and salmon are huge. The consumers’ association compares the prices for Christmas and yearend shopping every year. These results give consumers a better insight into the possibilities of getting a bargain for the holidays.
A few remarkable price differences: one kilo of mackerel costs 18.25 guilders at California supermarket and 28.65 guilders at Vreugdenil supermarket – a difference of 10.40 guilders. A Christmas loaf costs 9.95 guilders at California supermarket, while the consumer pays 16.95 guilders for the same product at Alves supermarket. The huge price difference is because supermarkets make their Christmas loaves, ayaka and pan di jamon according to their own recipe, says the association. The size of the product and the ingredients used, influence the price. The origin of the product also determines the price. Products imported from Venezuela, America or the Netherlands differ in price.
The consumers’ association had compared the different prices during the week of December 2nd to 6th. The inspectors had compared 142 products – broken down into 24 categories – that are consumed the most during the holidays.
For instance, they viewed Christmas delicacies such as ham di Pasku, turkey, salmon and mackerel. They had also taken a close look at the prices of ayaka, Christmas loaves, sùlt and orea. The prices of liquor and products to make traditional Christmas dishes were included in the survey as well.
The supermarkets that had been visited for the price comparison were: 2000, Albert Heijn, Alves, Arco Iris, Arti’s, Best Buy, Bon Bini, Boulevard Marketplace, California, Centrum Mahaai, Centrum Piscadera, Colon, Esperamos, Exito, Goisco, Mangusa Cas Cora, Mangusa Rio Canario, Masdar, Ossais, San Pedro and Vreugdenhil.
The consumers’ association compares products of the same brand, weight and contents. The association had only viewed the prices without considering the quality of the products.