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Old 03-16-2010, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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I thought I had seen it all until I was at Cozumel airport last week... $14 for a hot dog.. and a bad one at that, that's right $14, geez! Of course, nobody was buying them.. what is wrong with these people?
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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For real. I ate at Wendys the other day in the Phoenix airport and it was $8 bucks. No dollar menu. Had a similar thing coming home from Punta Cana. I guess they have you trapped so they can pretty much charge what they want. Its no different than a sporting even really.

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Old 03-16-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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I'm always shocked at the prices in airports!
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Old 03-16-2010, 10:55 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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$14 for a cup of coffee in Prague. After my flight from San Diego to NYC, to Krakow (via a layover in Prague), I did buy it. Yes, it sucks, but there were no other options and I was exhausted!
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Old 03-16-2010, 01:26 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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Are the rents for stores so much higher in airports that they have to put up the prices? Or is it just that they think they have a captive audience who will have to pay if they get hungry enough? I usually load up on granola bars in my carry-on and just splurge on a bottle of water.
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Old 03-16-2010, 02:48 PM
 
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Are the rents for stores so much higher in airports that they have to put up the prices? Or is it just that they think they have a captive audience who will have to pay if they get hungry enough? I usually load up on granola bars in my carry-on and just splurge on a bottle of water.
In most airports and toll plazas, the vendor is required to pay SIGNIFICANT royalties to the local authorities for the provilege of getting the business. If a vendor is going to pay that rebate, who is really going to pay those fees - the traveling public.

Many airports - like Chicago-Midway- are not that much higher than you will find down the street. However, you will NOT find the dollar menus which are generally loss leaders to drum up traffic.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: The Raider Nation._ Our band kicks brass
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Went to the McDonald's at Pittsburgh airport Sunday morning. Three cheeseburgers, three bottles of water, and a small fry. It was an even $8.

If the order taker had spoken English, I probably would have gotten the other 2 fries that I tried to order. I also had to carry it back to the non secure area where my family was waiting. My airport ID gives me unrestricted access to the entire place, but I wouldn't mind seeing something open up on the land side of the airport.
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Old 03-16-2010, 03:35 PM
 
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Airport rent per square foot is higher than in any other retail locations. typically airport yearly per square foot is about equal to an upscale yearly retail rate in a city, but the retail store off the airport doesn't have to a percentage of gross revenue to the airport authority. Not only do they pay more for the space and part of the revenue, they have fees and expenses not part of off-airport stores. It's not the retailer, its the airport authority.
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Old 03-17-2010, 03:30 PM
 
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The bottom line is.............either we stop and eat (and fill up) BEFORE WE ARRIVE at the airport and have carry on sandwiches OR suffer the cost of super expensive meals in the airports. Notice I said WE
as I have gotten caught too by sometimes leaving a bit later then normal to arrive for my flight.
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Old 03-17-2010, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Living near our Nation's Capitol since 2010
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My partner and I were in Maui a few weeks ago and we decided to eat a snack before boarding the plane for the long flight to PHX. We were handed a menu with no prices but we figured the nachos couldnt be THAT expensive! WRONG!!!! a small plate of nachos..was $19!!! Talk about sticker shock!

Lesson learned: always ask prices if none are listed on the menu.
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