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Old 05-15-2019, 11:58 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.
I've had 2 of the worst Big Mac meals of my life in two different McD's in Mesa AZ this year. One last night in fact. 8 dollars and change.
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Old 05-15-2019, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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The McDonald's near my workplace in downtown Seattle definitely has higher prices and a tiny value menu vs the ones out in the suburbs that we occasionally go to.
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Old 05-15-2019, 10:48 PM
 
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When we were in Waikiki, we ate breakfast at a very busy Denny's. We were surprised the meals cost the same or only about $1more than at home, in a mid sized city.

I used to work at a fast food place for a while. They had signs posted by the time clock to show how waste wouod impact revenue by listing the cost of several items. A basic hamburger was $0.17 in total cost, for example. They sold for $0.79.

Distribution centers and food processors for the very large fast food chain can get costs down low. They buy all a farmers beef, for example at a predetermined cost locjed in based on market value. This distribution center distributes to all the stores and franchises in a certain zone. So if a beef patty in that $0.17 hamburger is $0.05for tye whole production lot, it is distributed to all in that zone at a cost of $0.05. So all the stores in that zone have a fixed cost and can a) set the same retail price in Podunk town as in Huge city, USA, qnd b) the only markup needed that varies is costs of things lije labor, and utilities to create said burger, so price can be the same or different depending on other associated costs.

Buying/ processing in bulk at a central center helps to keep costs down. And that fixed cost is what is charged to all stores buying the supplies. Its the variable expenses, wages, utilities, taxes that may alter the final retail price.

Same with promotions you'll note that a chain may advertise a certain price point, combo deal or the like ALWAYS followed by " available only at participating locations ".

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Old 05-16-2019, 12:08 AM
 
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We were at the airport in Honolulu last week and we paid $15 for a Burgerking hamburger meal. Shocking to say the least.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:29 AM
 
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We were at the airport in Honolulu last week and we paid $15 for a Burgerking hamburger meal. Shocking to say the least.
All airports are awful when it comes to buying food. You're a captive audience and they know it. You just have to suspend any notion of realistic food prices and fork over your money if you want to eat.

(Sorry for the tangent but I'm a frequent traveler so this is a big complaint of mine.)
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:39 PM
 
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Low rent and no taxes help a bunch.
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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We were at the airport in Honolulu last week and we paid $15 for a Burgerking hamburger meal. Shocking to say the least.
Well, you're doubly captive there. I wonder if a Honolulu BK is all that much cheaper...
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Middle of the ocean
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They don't in Alaska and Hawaii.
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Old Yesterday, 07:41 AM
 
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I'm not exactly sure whether Chick fil A/McDonald's charge exactly the same price in the high cost of living areas like Manhattan or SoCal, but at least they seem to charge similar prices?

Does that mean their profits in the high cost of living areas lower?
GoodHombre, no it does not. There are also some advantages and often greater competition within higher cost of living areas.

Among all distributors, costs of the same specific product FOB from those products' production locations are somewhat similar. They begin to differ more in their last legs of their delivery process, and their prices may significantly differ for services necessary to deliver the product to consumers within higher cost of living locations.

Respectfully, Supposn

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Most chains have a wide range of pricing, from competitive suburban to gate side airport. Most people don't really notice.

And, it tells you something about their unit profits.
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Manhattan McDonald’s tend to drop out of a lot of special offers and don’t take part
and MathJak's #8 response.
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Old Today, 10:48 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The McDonald's near my workplace in downtown Seattle definitely has higher prices and a tiny value menu vs the ones out in the suburbs that we occasionally go to.
Everything is higher in Seattle than on the eastside, gas is another good example.



The two McD in Issaquah were recently remodeled to accommodate the new self-service kiosks, and now the one near us in Sammamish is closed except for the drive-up while being remodeled. Fewer cashiers helps them maintain prices in higher COL areas.



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