Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Toilet Paper in Zimbabwe

According to a NY Times front page story about inflation in Zimbabwe:

"toilet paper costs $417. No, not per roll. Four hundred seventeen Zimbabwean dollars is the value of a single two-ply sheet. A roll costs $145,750 — in American currency, about 69 cents."
Prices in Zimbabwe have risen 913% in the past year.

Now I don't feel so bad about my local fruit vendor raising the price of bananas from 25 to 35 cents.


Anonymous said...


price of bananas is up from 25 to 35 cents. i understand that it is a 40% increase, but does that get you one banana? a dozen? a quintal? pray tell!

- s.b.

ps: just in case you are wondering, in india, bananas are sold by count (e.g. by the dozen), not by weight, like in the usa.

Madame X said...

Good point! That is the price of a single banana at a Manhattan fruit vendor's cart.