I am currently visiting Australia (Sydney to be more specific) and I can't figure what is the price of different goods in the grocery stores. It seems there are no prices next to the items and no price printed on the packages.

Is there a way to tell how much something costs before buying it?

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    I find this question confusing as I've never had any trouble determining the price of items in Australia. Can you perhaps illustrate what you're referring to with a photo? Commented Sep 5, 2016 at 23:08
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    @pnuts In Australia, you call it a $2 shop. Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 1:42
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    @IvayloStrandjev What Greg Hewgill is trying to say is that Australians are not used to seeing shelves without prices (myself included) and because it is so unusual a lot of people have never seen it. Hence he requests a photo. I come from Western Australia and I have never seen shelves without prices... Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 1:43
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    @That would be the Australia Tax. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Tax Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 2:44
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    I dislike questions that are more of a complaint or rant - and that based on incomplete information or very minimal experiences - posing as an actual question.
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:31

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I suspect you are not visiting actual grocery stores, but convenience stores, which often have wildly inflated pricing and poor signage to hide that pricing. These are often named things like "Kings Wharf Supermarket" (actual example which I will not dignify with a link), but supermarkets they're not. Add the exact address of the last shop you visited in a comment if you want to confirm.

Look for the nearest Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, or IGA instead, and you will find all prices very clearly labeled, plus often half or less of what the convenience store wants:

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Obviously there are not so many of these in the Sydney city centre, because they're large and need a lot of expensive real estate, but you can find one within a few blocks if you use the store locators. For example, this large Woolies is right next to Town Hall.

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    imagine paying "3.50" for fake wonder bread. life is sad.
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:34
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    This is "good bread" for people who don't like actual good bread like you get in Europe - that stuff is much harder to get and much more expensive in Australia. The cheap white bread is really awful. Anyway Wonderbread is fake bread or that's a fake use of the word fake d-: Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 4:41
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    @JoeBlow Helga's actually the better stuff as far as industrial bread goes. If you want Wonderbread simulacra, Coles has that too, and it's only $0.85 a loaf: shop.coles.com.au/online/national/-5377163p Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 5:01
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    @pnuts yes that's the one Commented Sep 6, 2016 at 22:57
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    @pnuts Prices will either be listed on little stickers stuck on the product, or simply unlisted so you need to ask staff. Commented Sep 13, 2016 at 20:57

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