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Trip Highlight: Supermarket Prices in Barrow, Alaska

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Maybe this is dorky of me, but I have to admit this was one of my favorite stops in Barrow, Alaska. Not because Barrow doesn’t have interesting things to see,  but because the prices were surreal!

It stands to reason that living that far north with little competition and supplies only being brought in by plane or boat items would be expensive, but some of the markups are crazy to think about!

Bananas in Barrow, AK

Produce prices had a broad range. Baby carrots were only double in price, $7.50 for a 2lb bag, but potatoes were $10+ for a 5lb bag.

I’d heard meat was expensive, but I actually saw chuck steak on sale for $6.49/lb which didn’t seem that bad. Canned foods were not as reasonable.

Campbells Soup prices in barrow AK

Chunky soup prices in Barrow, AK

A twelve pack of Coke was rumored to go for $30, so $19.99 for a 24 pack seemed relatively affordable.

24 pack of soda in Barrow AK

A quart of Haagen-Dazs though…

Hagan Daaz prices in barrow AK

My favorite, which I didn’t get a picture of (not surprisingly, shoppers weren’t too thrilled I was taking pictures), was Northern Double Roll toilet paper, 6 ct for $39.95!! Who knew normal toilet paper could be  luxury item! If you were as entertained as I was, GotoAK.com has a whole gallery of fun pictures.

The town’s only gas station was selling regular unleaded for $6.80 a gallon, but fortunately the town isn’t that big…(sorry for the blurriness. Picture was taken from moving tour bus)

Barrow Alaska gas station prices

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4 Comments

  1. PH

    September 4, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Sure makes free luggage allowance a very valuable commodity!

    • Keri Anderson

      September 4, 2013 at 7:01 am

      And I bought water and soda at the airport in Anchorage before my flights because I’d heard the $2.50 price tag would be much cheaper than Barrow 🙂

  2. Nick O

    September 5, 2013 at 1:03 am

    I remember being amused by prices in Japan. There was a melon for $40. I know melons in Japan are a meaningful gift (this was explained, but I forget), but it was just bigger than a softball.

  3. Jeff C

    August 15, 2014 at 10:32 am

    $40 for a melon, eh? I have a friend on Facebook who went to Italy, and he has pictures of “brontosaurus” meat that when you convert kilos to pounds and euros to dollars, it would be about $40 a pound!

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