Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Buying in Bulk

In North America one is generally rewarded when one buys in bulk. The more you buy of something the cheaper the item is. It is easy to expect the same in other cultures but that would be a false assumption. Often times here in Niger, one is rewarded for buying the smaller amount. For example, these little cream cheese cubes come packaged in a box of 6 for which I would be required to pay 1475 cfa. That works out to about 245 cfa (approximately 60 cents) a cube whereas I could choose from the box of unpackaged cubes and pay only 150 cfa per cube (approximately 40 cents). Interesting cultural difference!


  1. That is funny! Here saving in bulk does save money. But nothing like cheese is available.

  2. Is it possible to live without cheese? I should not be doing any complaining. We get a lot and have much to be thankful for!

  3. I wonder if your individual Kiris are still within their use-by date?

    I still *love* Kiri and sometimes treat myself to it when I see it on the shelves here... but it's never as good as on fresh French bread.


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