There seem to be two classes of people here in China, the wealthy and the not. I don’t want to describe them as poor since they seem happy with what they have and are not in extreme suffering. There are also multiple different price structures in this society. If you live in the lower class neighborhoods you would typically purchase your goods from local shops or the ‘wet markets’. These are filled with fresh fruits and veggies, the local meat out on display or fresh baked breads – all at prices in the cents or couple dollar range.
|Street Vendor selling and cleaning chickens|
|Here are the chickens for your purchase|
|Fish kept alive on the street - bass and other local fish -|
20 RMB for a full fish, cleaned and gutted.
|Who said China Doesn't have beef?|
|Wet market - fresh chickens - love the black ones!|
|Wet Market nearby|
The middle prices, which includes those shoppers who reach up from the lower class and those that are looking for a bargin from the upper class, are the same as in America or maybe a little more. A half-gallon of milk for about $4, a beer for about $0.35, quart of ice cream for about $4, rice is cheap, breakfast cereal is expensive. These goods you would buy at a local grocery store or maybe a Carrefour.
|Carrefour Seafood Department|
|Carrefour Bikes - Giant brand|
Then you have the higher prices. These are the prices that the 67,000 - $10+ Millionaires that live in Shanghai pay for their goods. They shop at the places like the IFC mall and other high-end, 5th Avenue-type boutiques. You will see them walking around the mall with their Gucci and Prada’s with no second thoughts about spending their money.
|High-end Grocery store, e.g. City Shop (ref - retailnewschina.|
Lastly, there is the prices for foreigners. These are prices for those that can’t speak Chinese or look like they ‘should’ spend more money on their stuff. These are the shops within and around the expat communities, like Kerry Parkside. These are malls and shops that cater to those that ‘need’ a taste of home. Grocery stores like Pines and City Shop will stock most of your home countries foods at 3 – 10x the price. But since it’s cheaper to buy that candy or that Mac ’n Cheese for $3 a box, than to fly home – we just do it.