Anonymous asked in TravelIndiaOther - India · 1 month ago

For someone from India is this expensive for a samosa?

I live in Hawaii and I love Indian food but they tend to be pricier compared to say Chinese food or other type of ethnic foods. I know food is probably way cheaper in India compared to Hawaii because of exchange rates from dollars to rupees. There is a small Indian shop in a not so posh part of town in Hawaii that sells Samosas for $1.50 USD each which is about 105 Indian rupees in exchange rate. How much do samosas go for in India? I know it will vary from city to shops or food stalls because India is such a big diverse country.

7 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago

    Firstly I can't stop my laugh samosas. samosas prices in India per piece in 12 to 20 rs and depend on samosas type and depend on the place...

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  • Nicey8
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    This is cheap cos foreign food sold in hawaii tend to cost more as ingredients may need to be imported and it is harder to find Indians to make samosas in Hawaii.

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  • DEBS
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    You can't take $1.50 and translate into rupees to get a clean comparison.  Remember, wages in India are no where near what they are in the US.  Their average annual salary is around USD$20,000.  It's an entirely different scale for income and expense.

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  • 1 month ago

    Welcome to the world of Food Pricing.

    What a restaurant or some other food place sells an item for has many things built into the price. Cost of the food ingredients is industry standard about 30-35%

    Add to that things like insurance, utilities, rent, wages, taxes  to get the final sale price of an item.

    The cost to produce this item in other places is just different. If you want the price in India and as you have already noted a very large place the price is not the same in every village and the price is also not identical at every seller in the big city.

    FOOD in most large land areas is much cheaper than food imported to isolated islands.

    Just the way it is.

    Samosas are not very hard to make yourself.and can be done at home for a lower cost than you purchase ready made items.

    Thousands of recipes to pick from.

    Sellers also try to maximize their profit and sell for the highest price customers are willing to pay.

    In your situation you are willing to pay $1.50 or few minutes worth of labor at the local wage rate.

    much lower input costs in India, lower wage rates and a lower selling price when compared to some other place on the planet like an isolated island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

    If you want the India price just go to India and purchase as many as you want.

    The price per piece is under 10 rupees for ready made.

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  • 1 month ago

    $1.50 is not expensive. Many food items have to be brought into Hawaii on a boat, which raises the costs. 

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  • 1 month ago

    What it might cost in India has no bearing on what it might cost in Hawaii.

    There are many cost factors in anything, both direct (cost of materials), indirect (how much rent the proprietor pays in rent for the shop) and economic (how much must the vendor must make to live) and finally market (how much a purchaser is willing to pay).

    So if you think that $1.50 is a fair price, go ahead and pay it. If you think it is too much, then don't.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    yes i think so s

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