Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Question of the Day

Apropos of yesterday’s QotD…

What is the most expensive thing you buy at the grocery store on a regular basis?

It’s not really a grocery item, but they sell it at Publix: contact lens solution. I have gas-permeable hard lenses and the multi-purpose solution I use – ironically called Simplus – runs $11 for a 3.5 oz bottle (with a nipple top that dribbles and a child-proof seal that requires surgical techniques to remove). I used to stock up on it when I went to Canada every summer and it cost about half what it did in the U.S. thanks to drug price controls and the exchange rate, but thanks to the shoe bomber, bottles of fluid that size are banned on airplanes. I could buy a week’s worth of frozen lunches for the price of one bottle.