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Most Expensive Places In The World For A Cheap Date

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As part of its semi-annual update on "mapping the world's prices", Deutsche Bank has released the following index which we believe may be of interest to some of our more cash-strapped readers. Using a price parity calculation, DB has created the "cheap date" index which consists of i) a standard bouquet of roses, ii) cab rides, iii) pizza, iv) a soft drink, v) two movies tickets and vi) a couple of beers. What the "hit rate" of said basket of products in achieving the desired goal is unclear, but what is clear is that while the disparity between the most expensive (Sydney, Australia) and least expensive (Mumbai, India) place for a cheap date is vast at over 250%, and even a cheap date in Mumbai will set one back some $88.30 (and rising... the price that is).

As an appendix, those lucky enough to have the above "cheap date" cocktail prove successful, will be curious to know the relative price in USD of a pack of Marlboro cigarettes across the world. Most expensive place to buy smokes is once again down under, while one can't beat the Philippines price for a cheap back of 'Boros.

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Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:26 | 3422048 SDRII
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And to think Tokyo was on the cusp of a sale; oh well..

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:33 | 3422091 Stackers
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$20 for a pack of cigs ??? Makes one want to take up cocaine.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:37 | 3422096 The Juggernaut
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David Stockman is being a boss/Patriot/terrorist on Bloomberg TV right now: http://www.bloomberg.com/tv/


"The Fed is a serial bubble machine" - Stockman

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:45 | 3422139 ParkAveFlasher
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In Mumbai, I'll just put on my gold shirt and the honies will just melt all over it.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:52 | 3422174 Richard Chesler
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But only in the US does Marlboro taste like shit thanks to "Fire Safe" regulations introduced by the corrupt federal gov.


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:01 | 3422224 Manthong
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The cost of a pack of Marlboros  hasn’t gone up since the last time I was in the P.I.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:19 | 3422296 headadoor7
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In Buenos Aires, that country south of Brazil, the price is $2. (10 pesos) or Cambio price is $1.33 for the Marlborough Man

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:26 | 3422321 machineh
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Yep. Buenos Aires outlawed indoor smoking several years ago.

But it would not occur to Argentines to punish smokers with punitive taxes, as New York's schoolmarm gov't does.

Like everything else in Argentina, cigarettes might even be subsidized ...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:26 | 3422499 knukles
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That's misleading.
Prostitution is legal in Ozzie land so no need for the tickets, roses, soda and beers.
Well, maybe the beers.
So, the anal-alysis should really be based upon another set of "demographics"

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:29 | 3422512 ihedgemyhedges
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My wife was a cheap date when we were actually dating.  Then I said "I do".  You think San Francisco, New York, Singapore are expensive.  Give me a call..............

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 15:11 | 3423129 Popo
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Of course, we all know that "modern" women will pick up the tab 50% of the time.   < / sarc>



Mon, 04/08/2013 - 21:51 | 3424611 TwoShortPlanks
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If you included all major centres of the world it would look like this;

1. Perth (Aust)
2. Broome (Aust)
3. Sydney (Aust)
4. Melbourne (Aust)
5. Darwin (Aust)
6. Gold Coast (Aust)
7. Townsville (Aust)
8. Cairns (Aust)
9. Brisbane (Aust)
10. Alice Springs (Aust)
11. Rest of the world in order

Tokyo, London, Toronto, San Fran, New York wouldn't even make the Top 10.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 05:55 | 3425370 Parrotile
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You missed out Port Hedland . . . . .

(Since when has Broome been a "World Major Centre"?? Next thing you'll be telling us that Katherine and Tennant Creek are major Metropolitan Cities . . . .!!)

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 07:17 | 3425472 PhilofOz
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OH wow! Adelaide is not in the first ten. That must be good for the 5th most "livable" city in the world.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:54 | 3422186 BaBaBouy
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Raise Tobacco Shit To $75 A Pack ...


Most of my friends Smoke, and they are in MISERY !

None Have Been Able To Quit.

The SHIT is more addictive than Heroin...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:07 | 3422247 Divine
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Make them buy e-cigs, much cheaper & healthier. I've been without cigs for 2 years now and never even been close to relapse. Make sure the ecig has nicotine thou.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:19 | 3422294 Itch
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Been on them for 2 weeks now Devine, seriously loving it. I was a hardcore smoker, and i defy anyone to try vaping and not WANT to keep doing it; i think this will be the death of the tobacco industry unless they start selling branded e-liquid.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:14 | 3422271 Itch
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Get them to vape with electronic cigarettes; i personally thought it was horse shit, but after doing it for 2 weeks, all i can say is that after 3 years of failed attempts to give up smoking(and 18 years on cigarettes) i have cracked it - i am now smoke free for life, certified. It beats smoking hands down and its also going snowball as an industry.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 18:37 | 3424046 Sokhmate
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Been vaping for 3+ years, with one or two relapses when the ecig broke down and I was away from backup. Other than that, I now loathe smoking, and would never want to smoke again. Healthwise, I feel much better, and it's easier on the wallet. Mixing my own eliquids is at least 5 times cheaper than regular cigs.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:25 | 3422485 Panafrican Funk...
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"Raise Tobacco Shit To $75 A Pack"

Yes, because we super duper need to make black market cigs very profitable for the mob again.  

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 15:23 | 3423197 ATM
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Stupidest idea ever for the US of A.

We need those old smokers to die right after retirement. Pay into the ponzi their whole lives and collect no benefits! It's their civic duty to die fast. Hell. all old people need to die fast so there is something left for me. 

Not only do we have class war, but we will soon have age wars and sex wars and ethnic and race wars.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 12:40 | 3426963 Kirk2NCC1701
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After a Cheap Date, you need a Cheap Smoke.  ;-),

Guys:  Plan accordingly, and BYO B-Control.  Or your TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) for your 'cheap date' will go through the roof, if 'Inflation' kicks in.  ;-)   Caveat Emptor!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:58 | 3422206 Jayda1850
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wow! Stockman was giving out pure knowledge.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:06 | 3422239 Turin Turambar
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Wow, now that's what I call an arbitrage opportunity.  I wonder how much it costs by boat to go from the Phillipines to Australia.  :-D

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:29 | 3422330 Wakanda
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She's alright, she's alright, she's alright, _______!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:01 | 3422416 Shizzmoney
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You can get a gram of weed for $20!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 15:26 | 3423206 ATM
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Is that what that shit costs now? 

I used to get an Oz for $20, anfd $35 for the really good stuff.

Tue, 04/09/2013 - 07:11 | 3425453 PhilofOz
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It's a user pays system, payed in advance. Why should I as a taxpayer in Oz pay the health care costs of those lung cancer, etc patients in their last months in our free hospital system? Probably means a lot less smokers here which I don't think is a bad thing.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:57 | 3422396 tabasco71
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Well, guess I must be posh (not), but I can't get the price of these goods/services in London is come in under GBP£158 / USD$252... and yes, I did try to use the cheap options... price of cab's and flowers kills it...

Of course this is a semi-annual survey so maybe they are working off Dec2012 prices in which case I see why its understated at time of going to print here and now.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:24 | 3422049 Kriya144
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Will have to show my wife this...   turns out I did have a good excuse all along...  

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:26 | 3422054 jcaz
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Where's the Roofie prices?  Ain't a real date without Roofies....

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:27 | 3422056 DoChenRollingBearing
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Nice for us two that Lima, Peru is cheap.  :)

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:06 | 3422246 Turin Turambar
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Somewhat.  It's definitely not as cheap as it was 10 years ago, especially in San Isidro.  I remember 3.5 soles/dollar.  :-O

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 16:18 | 3423460 DoChenRollingBearing
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yes, at 2.60 or so soles to the $, indeed not as cheap.  My last haircut cost me about $6.00!!  Scandalous...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:26 | 3422061 Dr. Engali
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People really pay $12.31 for a pack of cigarettes? WTF? 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:34 | 3422090 Momauguin Joe
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Walk into any self service gas station in or near to any US city and ask the Paki behind the counter for '1 Cigarette'.  The going rate here on the East Coast is $1 a cig, cash and carry. 20 cigs to a pack equals $20 a pack.  Black market's alive and well...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:05 | 3422244 Esso
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Can you use EBT?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:29 | 3422065 ShortBusTrader
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I fail to understand how Zurich, Switzerland is not on that list. The Taxi fare, pizza and movie tickets alone would cost over 110 francs !!!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:57 | 3422199 the tower
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I went on a cheap date in Zurich yesterday.. No taxis, no flowers, not even a soft drink... just pizza with 2 beers, and 2 movie tickets.. 102 CHF :)

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:29 | 3422324 Urban Redneck
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Deutshe Bank couldn't afford to send anyone to Zurich to find out how expensive it is. 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:29 | 3422069 Inthemix96
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Fucking filthy tab that is.

Smells like camel shit, I would rather drink the sweat out of an Indians shoe than smoke that shit.  Get a good smoke folk, smoke the Turner, a fine blend if ever there was one.

Thats if you like smoking mind, seeing as we are a breed just under child murderers according to the liberals like.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:38 | 3422105 Dr. Engali
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They sure like living off your habit though don't they? Liberals...the "champions of the poor" like to screw them at every opportunity they can. They are all a bunch of scumbag hypocrites. I would love to see every smoker quit and watch the libs scream bloody murder when they can't fund their pet projects off the backs of the poor. 

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:40 | 3422123 Inthemix96
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Too rights doc,

Liberals should be drowned at birth, do as I say and not as I do eh?

Cunts, and old sotero is turning out to be a right fucking lemon as well?  Fucking idiots.

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 11:49 | 3422163 Freddie
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Oh dear. I sense a "pot is good for you" thread hijack coming.

Funny sh*t on the LA Times web site months ago by lib arsehole dopers growing organic pot.  These hipster/hippies were lamenting how prices are plummeting - Libs don't like competition.  They were whining how they could not take nice vacations now.

Someone in the thread said dope is easy to grow because it is *****ng weed.  I bet pot is harder to kill like crabgrass versus growing.   I do not like pot but let the stoners grow small amounts at home.  It screws the govt and screws the cartels who back Bush 1 + 2, Clintons and O Muslim.

Has every war since Vietnam (and a few before) been about the narcotics trade?  Did the Roth klan in Europe and NE Wasps start in drugs with the Chinese opium trade?

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:03 | 3422231 Herd Redirectio...
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Spot on re: war and the narcotics trade.  But its slightly more multidimensional.  These big boys like to achieve multiple goals with each of their operations.  Like Iraq, was it for the oil, or was it to invent a threat, which Homeland Security and most importantly, the 'Defence Industry' (aka Military Industrial Complex/Racket) could run with.

The answer is:  Both.  If you are going to argue it was either oil or the War on Terror, you are only partially correct, and they have got you 'dazed and confused', and even better, you will argue with people that you are right and they are wrong!  Divide and Conquer!  Another aim achieved.

Definitely people should be allowed to 'grow their own', it takes all the money out of the hands of Hells Angels (here in BC specifically).  Who wouldn't want that????  Let me guess...

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:07 | 3422248 trollin4sukrz
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Fvking weed Freddie.. What kind of ZHer are you? It is FVK this n FvK that not some sorry ass *** bullshit. I have lost all respect for you now.. Go to fvkin huffinfvks post or something.. FVK ME BLIND!

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 14:55 | 3423027 Steaming_Wookie_Doo
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Spot on, Freddie. If you have the time I'd suggest checking out Cover Wars and Breakaway Civilizations by Joseph Farrell. Well written book, documents (among other things) how intel agencies (cooked up straight from the Nazis) use drug money to finance their blackest projects. Also see his book Babylon's Banksters.

I can tell you from personal experience that hemp grows completely like weeds in eastern Europe. Of course that's not the really potent stuff, but I doubt it takes a genius to grow it (unless you're trying to do it in a windowless warehouse).

Mon, 04/08/2013 - 12:53 | 3422385 Ignatius
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I knew the fix was in when the big tobacco settlement came through a few years back and not one dime was set asside for current smokers to pusue a cessation program.  They want the money and the privilege of wagging their fucking self righteous finger at ya.


Mon, 04/08/2013 - 13:30 | 3422510 knukles
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And if it's wrong, the Liberals will blame Fox News.

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