Another country vs. city difference?

Just wondering:  have food prices/inflation risen more in rural settings than urban ones?  Price inflation has been obvious lately, despite the government pencil whipping the numbers.  I was just wondering if the more rural groceries like…


 …are getting hit harder by shipping costs than the…

  …city mouse stores.  It can’t possibly be less, right?  Higher population densities always enjoy better economies of scale.  I just don’t know if the energy costs for shipping (which disproportionally affect rural folks) are dwarfed by the energy costs of production (which affects all consumers equally).

But I do know swing states are worse off than the Ruling Class/Blue State hive believe they are.  It’s somewhere between a statistically insignificant difference and a minor one, but it’s there.  And it’s yet another reason why there is absolutely, positively no excuse for the Republicans to lose this November.

But if anyone can snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, it’s the Goofy Ol’ Party.

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6 Responses to Another country vs. city difference?

  1. midwest bill says:

    everyone has a nearby by now, right? I’m rural, but have two with 25 minutes.

    I’m not sure if vendors charge more to rural stores. Whole Foods might go up less percentage wise, since their prices are higher, so a smaller percent is fuel?

    • wormme says:

      Good point. And of course rising energy and food costs are always regressive, almost by definition. I was just wondering how much of the Beltway/media Cone of Silence about inflation is intentional, and how much is obliviousness.

  2. midwest bill says:

    I meant to say everyone has a WalMart nearby … I have two …

    Yeah, if we could just live off computers, prices would always go down since they keep going faster. There are SOME efficiencies there, but most of us still eat and use energy. There is real inflation waiting in the wings.

  3. dumbasdirt says:

    Ol’ Woggly Poggly competes with the local walmart and has some good deals. Things are cheaper here than city but the stores end up making more by being more efficient. Whole Foods and the $15 watermelons can rot

  4. Edohiguma says:

    I can only say that, over here, prices have been going up. I now get to pay 3 Euro for a 2 pound loaf of normal bread. Not some exotic stuff made from unusual seeds and what not. No, just your normal, plain loaf of bread. Plus taxes, of course.

    The Euro has added to this as well. I remember, before the Euro, a regular hamburger at McD was 10 Schilling. After the Euro switch it was suddenly 1 Euro, which is 13.67 Schilling.

    And now that we’re saving the Euro with money we don’t have, well, I’m expecting bread to eventually hit 4 Euro per kilo. And there’s no limit upwards.

    • SeanB says:

      You are welcome to visit South Africa ( but beware which airline you use, some are world class, some are in a different class) where food is much cheaper.

      OTOH, what is McD, I think of it as something that looks like food, but tastes like the box, and is as nutritious as well.

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