An outrageous image of a piece of fruit advertised for extortionate prices has raised eyebrows after it was spotted on a shelf in Sydney.
Hidden in a clear BioPak cup on a shelf at an unknown retailer in the city’s eastern suburbs was a peeled tangerine.
Even more outrageous was the price of the vegetarian and gluten-free item – $9.50.
Tangerines usually cost between 30 and 50 cents in the supermarket.
A photo of the expensive cup was shared on Twitter on Thursday, where this caused a shocked reaction.
“A buddy just sent me this… no surprise it’s in the Eastern Suburbs. It’s a peeled tangerine in a cup,” the person behind the post read.
The scene was described by one respondent as “daytime robbery” and “outrageous” by another.
Others pointed out that the sight was particularly odd, as tangerines came with their own packaging.
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“If only nature had a way to serve this up so we wouldn’t need so much plastic,” came one reply.
“Only to be thrown away tomorrow. Outrageous,” said someone else.
Some joked that the tangerine was a good deal when business expenses were factored in.
“Fairly, it took someone 10 minutes to peel and pack it. For $30/hour. That’s $5 labor plus product, packaging, and profit margin to cover rent and overheads. Where can I buy it?” one wrote.
Someone else pointed out that often pre-peeled fruits and vegetables are good for people with disabilities.
“People with disabilities like this kind of thing, with cut vegetables etc,” they wrote.
Another replied with the suggestion: “think it’s about the price and not the product”.
The insane prices for mandarins come at a time of extreme increases for a variety of fresh produce amid supply problems.
Aussies will be hit by another price hike, with watermelons costing as much as $34 at a major supermarket.
Whole melons sell for up to $34 each, or $3.90/kg in Woolworths stores, while at Coles you can save a few dollars by buying an 8kg whole fruit for $28, averaging around 3.50 dollar/kg, but it’s still a decent price. walking tour.
A Woolworths spokesperson told NCA NewsWire that the online price was not an accurate reflection of the store’s prices.
Watermelons were charged in-store at $3.90 per pound and $34 per pound online — with customers refunding the difference if the size of melon they got wasn’t of equal value.
A Woolworths spokesperson told NCA NewsWire that the price hike was due to weather, supply and demand.
“We pay farmers the market price for their produce, which can vary throughout the year due to weather, seasonality, supply and demand,” they said.
“We are currently paying a lot more to our suppliers for watermelons due to the reduced supply on the market and persistent bad weather in key growing regions.”
“We operate in a very competitive market and we are always trying to find the right balance so that suppliers get a fair market price and our customers have access to affordable fresh products.”