A couple from the Arctic shares how isolation has caused sky-high inflation in the grocery stories of their community.
The differences in culture and communities can be understood by people who live miles apart. But sometimes, it gets hard for them to justify the change that the geographical factor brings in the day-to-day lives of people who are continents away. A recent example of this was shared by an Arctic couple when they revealed how the prices of 'normal' items in their community are reaching the sky, creating a massive divide between the south and north markets. Willow Allen - who goes on TikTok by @willow.allen - and her husband Cale shared a grocery shopping video showing the prices of items they bought from the store. Like many other creators, this couple is giving their viewers a glimpse of their routine tasks, especially grocery shopping. Their narration and prices of food items are taking everyone aback.
The video starts with Allen inviting people to join her and her husband while they shop for groceries. She mentions that they live in Inuvik, a community in Canada's Northwest Territories. She shares that compared to other communities in the same location, the prices of their items are cheaper. The woman explains in the video by saying, "Our community is a lot less isolated than others, and we have a highway that goes in and out of our community."
However, as the video goes on and the cost of every item is revealed, viewers are left more flabbergasted. The blueberries they brought were $9.99, the jar of peanut butter was listed at $17.69, and for a pack of four chicken breasts, they had to pay $47.09. The blueberries in the American market retail at $4.87, USHBC reports. The peanut butter jar costs $7.32, report Walmart and according to Statistica, the price of chicken breasts is $4.22 per pound. It makes the couple's items wildly overcharged. The fact that they are still so comfortable and unfazed by it all made many viewers fall off their seats.
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After returning home, the couple showed the groceries they bought and the bill to their viewers. "I don't really know what normal grocery prices are down south, but we got two bags of groceries," Allen added, "It was $215, which isn't close to as bad as other communities."
In one of her other videos, she mentioned the community also hunts for their food with statistics. Though there has been a lot of criticism levied against them for doing so, Allen justifies the hunting by saying, "We're doing what we can to survive and be self-sustained."
Allen's viral video has gained 4.4M views and over 400K likes. Moreover, after looking at the grocery prices, people in the comment section shared different and comparatively cheaper prices of grocery items. @katelynnturner__ commented on her take, "Bro, I cry when I spend $8 on Nutella, imagine $48." @totalxknorth420 could understand Allen's video as she lived in a similar community and wrote, "In Nunavut, that would've cost about $350.00."
User @keishlyv3 was more intrigued to know about the income of the couple and asked, "This is a serious question, and I hate talking about income but does the income match the prices? Just curious." While @alwaysayala37 blamed the government for such a high price of groceries and said, "It breaks every ounce of me to think that our government sees this and has not found a solution to help these prices to match the rest of the country."
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