This is a price comparison of similar products in the U.S. and Korea, comparing regular non-sale major supermarket prices at American stores such as Wal-Mart and Korean stores such as HomePlus, E-Mart, Lotte Mart, and Kim’s Club in Korea.
Korean prices for cereal, produce, shampoo, and beverages are highly inflated and therefore can often be found on sale or with extremely fluctuating prices from store to store and day to day. Family-owned stores and open-air markets regularly sell cheaper produce while select merchandise can be found cheaply at Daiso stores, similar to a high-end Dollar General without food. Costco (or any bulk) prices in the U.S. and Korea are excluded from this list unless otherwise noted. Popular import stores – High Street Market (now closed) and Foreign Food Mart, both in Itaewon – are listed for products unavailable at general Korean stores or with cheaper prices than supermarkets.
All price comparisons are approximate due to comparing incompatible units of measurement, the origin of products, market monopolies, costs of importing goods, product sizes, packaging differences, changing currency rates, and other such factors.
This comparison of prices was conducted in early 2015 at multiple American and Korean stores. Prices were calculated after taking into account product size, weight, etc. for accurate comparison.
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