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    Quote Originally Posted by elleandsam View Post
    And I hate the way they only accept the absolutely perfect size/shape/coloured produce, so so so much produce gets thrown out before it even gets on a truck because the big 2 won't take it. So much waste.
    If the produce is marked, they get less per carton with bananas. Even when its perfect when packed onto the trucks and damaged during transit.

    Dont get me starts on the red tipped bananas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahjong View Post
    If the produce is marked, they get less per carton with bananas. Even when its perfect when packed onto the trucks and damaged during transit.

    Dont get me starts on the red tipped bananas
    We get red tipped bananas straight from the grower, and we get all sizes and some even have marks on them

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    *side question* what's the difference between normal and red tipped bananas?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eko View Post
    We don't have a choice. The 'specialty' stores like green grocers and butchers are too expensive near us and our local IGA are a COMPLETE rip off. They charge $2-$3 for every item and have no variety.
    Be nice if we could support our locals but we just don't have the money.
    This is my complaint too. Our local spud shed is disgusting for quality I but fruit/veg from there and it lasts 1-2 days tops! Where as the quality of my local Coles is awesome but the next nearest Coles/woolies is a good 10 min drive away their biggest competition is the spud shed which I think keeps their prices down for the quality comparison, I'd have to shop daily at SS and I just don't have the desire to do that daily with 3 small children!

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    Quote Originally Posted by headoverfeet View Post
    *side question* what's the difference between normal and red tipped bananas?
    Not sure, the red tipped are creamier though?

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    Red Tipped were brought in to state they a certified organic. Now everyone has them and just slip a few extra bucks the certifers way But yes, they are creamier and meant to have a longer shelf life, which just contradicts the "organic" claim!

    They are meant to be better for the environment too. Meant to be.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahjong View Post
    Red Tipped were brought in to state they a certified organic. Now everyone has them and just slip a few extra bucks the certifers way But yes, they are creamier and meant to have a longer shelf life, which just contradicts the "organic" claim!

    They are meant to be better for the environment too. Meant to be.....
    It pays to know who you're buying them from then, we're happy with our red-tipped bananas

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    Quote Originally Posted by elleandsam View Post
    Well the price war for starters, forcing farmers to take less and less money.

    I really dislike the way they seem to be popping up everywhere, within walking distance of a woolies is another woolies!
    I agree farmers are important and should be recognized as so, and I really don't know anything about this topic but I would see the price war as a good thing for consumers...? Right? U get your stuff for less... Shouldn't it be up to the farmers to regulate how low they can go?? How do I know if $3.45 for kg of banana is too little to pay?

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    I don't actively boycott them, but have better places to shop for most things.

    The main thing I get from the majors these days is sanitary products for my daughters. Everything else, I have somewhere I would prefer to buy it.

    (I will however go to the majors when caught short and I need to grab something quickly.)

    I go to specialist butchers, bakers, and fruit markets, and purchase the majority of my "grocery" items from the Golden Circle factory outlet. I also have a few specifics that I pick up from Aldi - icecream, cereal, lasagne, spreadable butter, honey (and used to also get bacon at $5/kg but that seems to be discontinued).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ciaomamma View Post
    Shouldn't it be up to the farmers to regulate how low they can go?? How do I know if $3.45 for kg of banana is too little to pay?
    In theory, YES, farmers should be able to stipulate the price of their product. In reality... it doesnt happen as if they dont like the price, they will shop around and there is always a cheaper quality product out there - farmers are told what they are going to get in order to keep business and put food on their own tables. Thus creating a price war and farmer against farmer. If farmers all banded together to stop the supermarket chains doing it, they would just look overseas instead. They have been pushing for imported Bananas for years in order to save a buck.

    Yes its a win for consumers, but at what cost? A farmer and his family starving?
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