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Old 05-13-2019, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Parking lot in a cornfield is more expensive because I hate cars.
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Old 05-13-2019, 03:41 PM
 
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when i lived in Augusta, GA, all the McD prices had an asterisk
beside it which referred to the line "except during Masters week".
of course, prices were higher, not lower.
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:24 PM
 
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Burger King in food court at my local mall in SoCal is about $10 for a combo meal
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Old 05-13-2019, 05:25 PM
 
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It gets more complex abroad because it's also more related to supply chain issues.
- In Guadalajara, Mexico our usual order at McDonalds is about $6 (total for two people)
- In Bangkok, Thailand the exact same meal at McDonalds costs about $10

Obviously they are both relatively low cost of living places and it's possible to eat for cheaper, especially in Thailand where we can both eat a good lunch for $3. I assume the difference is that beef is fairly common and even an major export product in Mexico, whereas beef isn't nearly as common on menus in Thailand and definitely not a local commodity like chicken/pork/shrimp. Cheese is also probably a factor. There is even a Taco Bell in Bangkok with no beef or beans on the menu since it's just not possible for the margins they need.
It is interesting that The Economist, a British weekly news magazine, publishes a "Big Mac Purchasing Power Index" that compares currencies via the price one pays in each currency for a Big Mac within the capital city of each country. They reason that a Big Mac is the same everywhere, and that it should be equally priced. Thus, they determine which currencies are overvalued against the US$ and which are undervalued based upon the Big Mac price.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:48 PM
 
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Although the rent is higher, and maybe wages are as well, so is the volume. Maybe advertising costs are less because so much traffic.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:30 AM
 
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I doubt that with McDonald's since most are local or regional franchises.
If there is one owner of multiple stores it might apply.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:34 AM
 
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That, too. The high-COL and captive-market stores tend to price everything at the maximum allowed pricing and avoid any discounts or promotions that aren't fully subsidized by the corporation. Most people just don't notice that they're paying $10 for a combo at an airport when they usually pay $5-6 at a suburban mall store.
Then most people are severely stunted intellectually. Who doesn't notice $9.50 for a meal that you're normally paying $6.50 for? The challenged, and only the challenged. Hard to believe that.
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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Then most people are severely stunted intellectually. Who doesn't notice $9.50 for a meal that you're normally paying $6.50 for? The challenged, and only the challenged. Hard to believe that.
Haven't flown lately, have you?

It's all a matter of context, and limited choice. ALL of the fooderies inside the security cordon are going to have maximum pricing.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:29 AM
 
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McDonald's is closing in on $10 for sandwich, fries, and drink. The breakfast meals are around 5-6 dollars. Five Guys charges for a burger what McDonald's charges for a combo, but they really hit you if you order fries or a drink. You can easily hit $30 for two people at Five Guys unless you share the greasy fries.
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Old 05-15-2019, 11:52 AM
 
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McDonald's is closing in on $10 for sandwich, fries, and drink. The breakfast meals are around 5-6 dollars. Five Guys charges for a burger what McDonald's charges for a combo, but they really hit you if you order fries or a drink. You can easily hit $30 for two people at Five Guys unless you share the greasy fries.
Drink prices are where the padding and increase lies, especially for table restaurants. Most people hardly even look at the menu or prices, but soft drinks (brand name, lemonade, iced tea, even coffee) have gone from token prices to quite the hit - $1 or so to $3.00 or more. Since cost/increase is negligible and nearly everyone orders a drink with their plate, it's the profit-booster.
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