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    Default Supermarket Prices Around DR

    I meant to post about this last month, and never got around to it.

    We do about 90% of our food shopping at La Sirena in San Cristobal for many years. Sometimes when we're in SD we go to Nacional or Plaza Lama, but not often. When you go to the same store for a long time, you get to know their prices on some items.

    We had to go out to Duarte Hwy to buy roof tiles/tejas, and on the way back we passed the big La Sirena on Luperon, and stopped to buy a few things. They had a lot of things that San Cristobal didn't, so I found myself up and down every aisle 'looking'. [Bought a scrumptious Australian leg of lamb].

    They actually had good US bread flour, at an outrageous price of about 450 pesos for 5 pounds, which had me looking at their flour section. The week before, I had bought 2 small packages of yuca flour in La Sirena San Cristobal for 99 pesos. It wasn't on sale, was regular shelf price. Imagine my surprise to see the same yuca flour in SD's store for 169 pesos. Substantial price difference, it puzzled me.

    The next day two of Mr. AE's brothers came out to visit with their wives, and I mentioned the yuca flour prices. Apparently I was the only one who didn't know that the prices in their stores varies with the location - they charge what the market will bear. I guess we'll stick to San Cristobal store, seems there are less ricos in the area so the prices are better.




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    Of course La Sirena must adjust their prices more or less to what competition charges, at least for the same products. Here in Higuey, Iberia is the cheapest one, and La Sirena is actually considered the most expensive one, for basic staples. Of course not an 70% price difference as in your case.

    Also Iberia has slightly different prices by location, I have galnced several times over their pricing screens on computers and Bavaro is usually couple of pesos more than Higuey. E.g. a 70 pesos item in Higuey would cost 72-75 pesos in Bavaro. A part of this increase can be of course attributed to additional transportation costs and also a slightly higher overhead.

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    Default Catalogue Prices

    This is interesting.
    I always thought that La Sirena/Súper Pola has the same prices in all their markets.

    They must have - at least for a selection of items - as they print this:
    Ofertas - Super Pola


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    Quote Originally Posted by donP View Post
    This is interesting.
    I always thought that La Sirena/Súper Pola has the same prices in all their markets.

    They must have - at least for a selection of items - as they print this:
    Ofertas - Super Pola


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    you gave me the same site but i can't find the prices anywhere!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alas View Post
    you gave me the same site but i can't find the prices anywhere!
    Click, click and click again.....
    You can open 16 pages.
    Those were the 'specials' until 30th, April.
    They are always a bit late with the next catalogue.

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    I am the self appointed KING of SD super markets!!!!!!!
    Part of my morning ritual is to check out all the daily super market ads in "Diario Libre" to see what's "On Special".
    Also, several times a week the "Big Boys" have separate circulars as add on's to the paper.
    These include National,and separately Jumbo, which is part of the same Spanish company.
    Jumbo is on average cheaper than National.
    La Sirena, and Pola, same Dominican company, often with different prices on the same article.
    La Cadena,Bravo,and Ole round out the bigger chains.
    One stores "SALE" is another stores regular price.
    Today, "El Gallo" cooking oil is between 250 and 300 pesos for the gallon size, depending on where you buy it, all stores calling it a "Sale Price".
    I buy "On Sale" everything I can!!!
    NOTE: be very watchful, the so called "sale price", all too often, doesn't ring up at the cash register!!!
    I take the newspaper, and circulars, which usually lists prices valid for 15 days, with me to the market, and watch every item as it is scanned.
    Strangely enough, it is often cheaper to by two 12 oz., for example, jars of something, than one 24 oz.
    Dominican logic??????????????????
    My monthly expenditure at super markets is about 80,000 pesos.
    I KNOW, because I pay with a credit card and get a statement every month.
    Add another 10,000 for the colmado, and 5 gallon water jugs.
    This is not just food, but cleaning supplies,personal care items, and animal care products.
    I actually love to go super market shopping!!!!!
    I really miss shopping in the USA where the prices are so much cheaper than here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Criss Colon View Post
    I am the self appointed KING of SD super markets!!!!!!!
    Part of my morning ritual is to check out all the daily super market ads in "Diario Libre" to see what's "On Special".
    Also, several times a week the "Big Boys" have separate circulars as add on's to the paper.
    These include National,and separately Jumbo, which is part of the same Spanish company.
    Jumbo is on average cheaper than National.
    La Sirena, and Pola, same Dominican company, often with different prices on the same article.
    La Cadena,Bravo,and Ole round out the bigger chains.
    One stores "SALE" is another stores regular price.
    Today, "El Gallo" cooking oil is between 250 and 300 pesos for the gallon size, depending on where you buy it, all stores calling it a "Sale Price".
    I buy "On Sale" everything I can!!!
    NOTE: be very watchful, the so called "sale price", all too often, doesn't ring up at the cash register!!!
    I take the newspaper, and circulars, which usually lists prices valid for 15 days, with me to the market, and watch every item as it is scanned.
    Strangely enough, it is often cheaper to by two 12 oz., for example, jars of something, than one 24 oz.
    Dominican logic??????????????????
    My monthly expenditure at super markets is about 80,000 pesos.
    I KNOW, because I pay with a credit card and get a statement every month.
    Add another 10,000 for the colmado, and 5 gallon water jugs.
    This is not just food, but cleaning supplies,personal care items, and animal care products.
    I actually love to go super market shopping!!!!!
    I really miss shopping in the USA where the prices are so much cheaper than here.

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    Do you clip coupons as well or DR doesn't have them?

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    Good to here about some good old fashioned GOUGING going on.
    Yes, very up lifting!

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    The brand of cooking oil I use is cheaper in our campo colmados.....go figure.

    Its refreshing to see this here in the dr..... back in france big supermarket chains have all but killed off local stores...

    Also, I dont understand the prices on diffrent sizes of product. You would think, the bigger, the cheaper the base price, no ??
    Well no.
    Standing around the aisle waiting for my wife choosing something or other, I watched, no less, than 5 people pick the bigger ketchup bottle, which costs u 30% more than the smaller sizes.....
    I felt like telling them...... but no, it took me 3 shopping trips to get my wife to see the logic of it.
    Back home, supermarkets are obliged to have the price by unit but also the price by weight/volume.......

    You also have to love the "sales" in central aisles...... 44 pesos on sale....normal price......44 pesos......duuhhhh.

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    Never seen a coupon here.
    In the USA I am a "clipper" big time!!!!
    One thing I
    LOVE HERE IS WHEN an item says 50% more FREE.
    And it is next to the regular sized item, but the "50 % FREE" costs you 50% MORE!!!!!
    They also tape two products together and say one is "FREE", yet the cost is more than if you bought them separately!!!!
    Since Dominicans do do "math" they get away with it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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