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Woman shocks viewers after showing ‘obscene’ grocery store prices in rural Alaska

One woman shared an insight into life in the countryside Alaska through a trip to grocery, where the price of a carton of milk can go as high as $18.

Emily, who uses the username @emilyinalaska_ above TikTok, where she regularly shares videos of her life while living in the state, uploaded a viral wave videotapes of “rural grocery prices in Alaska” last month.

In the clip, Emily begins by showing the cheese section, where blocks of Tillamook cheese cost $24.99. The TikToker then moves on to the dairy section, where she shows the price of a carton of milk is over $18, while the creamer costs $12.89.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the average price for a gallon of whole milk in the US in November 2021 was $3.72.

After showing viewers that 1 lb of prepackaged cold cuts costs $10.29, Emily notes in the caption that “goods cost more because they have to travel further by plane or barge to get there. rural areas”.

The increased prices apply to a large number of items, with the video also showing Tostitos salsa priced at $7.99.

Emily explained in the caption: “Cost of living in Alaska is 24% higher than the national average before the end of the video on the coffee aisle, where bags of coffee beans fluctuate in price. about 15 dollars.

The video has since gone viral on TikTok, where it has been viewed more than 2 million times and where viewers expressed shock at the outrageous prices of grocery items.

“I’ll Stop Complaining About My Grocery Prices!” One commented, while another said: “Wow, those prices are crazy.”

Another added: “And you all think New York City is expensive.”

The clip also led some to joke about what it would be like if they moved to Alaska, with one viewer writing: “So now I have to be cold and down.”

While many were surprised by the prices, the video also sparked a conversation about wages and salaries in the state, with viewers questioning whether residents in Alaska were paid more.

As of 2021, the state minimum wage is $10.34, making it one of only 29 US states with a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25. , follow Ready to fight.

Emily also addresses the comment in a follow-up video, where she shows that the minimum wage paid at a McDonald’s in Anchorage, Alaska, is $12.50 an hour.

The video caused a fresh shock in grocery prices in the state, with one viewer writing: “Will you have to work at least two hours to afford a block of cheese???” while another added: “So it’s like you can’t live there.”

However, some have noted that grocery prices in urban areas of Alaska, such as Anchorage, are more reasonably priced.

In a video posted this week, Emily confirms that prices drop when you’re in more central parts of the state, with a trip to an Anchorage grocery store showing the same block of cheese for 11 $.99 while a gallon of milk costs. only $3.99.

“If you can go to Anchorage or Fairbanks, the prices are much more reasonable,” she explained in the caption.

This isn’t the first time grocery store prices in Alaska have surprised social media users, as one TikTok user used the username @oh_its_suzi previously shared a videotapes her own shopping experience in one supermarket in a rural part of the state, where canola oil costs $11.29 and a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos costs $7.99.

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/alaska-grocery-store-prices-tiktok-b1968593.html Woman shocks viewers after showing ‘obscene’ grocery store prices in rural Alaska

JOE HERNANDEZ

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