Thursday, April 10, 2008

Relative Cost of Liquids

I got home late and wasn't remotely tired (probably because of the espresso the owner of Cafe Rustico gave me!). So I listened to Big George's show on BBC Radio London via Listen Again. I had written him earlier about how inkjet printer cartridges have been purposely re-engineered to only last 2 or 3 times before they break, thus forcing you to buy a new cartridge. I added that InkJet ink was the most expensive liquid on the planet. I learned this from an Inkjet salesman a few years ago.

Big George, as he often does, pondered this and got to wondering if this was really true. So I checked and lo and behold ... I was wrong! After some research I found this list.

Clearly prices change. So I immediately updated the price of gasoline to better reflect current average prices. Other prices may be a little off too. Regardless though, the comparison is a fascinating one.

Liquid US$ per Gallon       € per Litre
Tap water $0.00 € 0.00
Black Folgers Coffee $0.70 € 0.12
Unleaded gasoline $3.50 € 0.58
Kool-Aid $1.85 € 0.31
Clorox bleach $2.20 € 0.37
Lowfat milk $3.79 € 0.63
Automotive antifreeze $4.19 € 0.70
Carlo Rossi blush wine $5.65 € 0.94
Evian bottled water $6.40 € 1.07
Coca-Cola syrup $8.20 € 1.37
Budweiser $8.88 € 1.48
Windex $10.21 € 1.70
Hershey's chocolate syrup $13.23 € 2.21
Kikkoman soy sauce $15.33 € 2.56
Latex house paint $16.50 € 2.75
Jamba Juice $21.82 € 3.64
Liquid Nails $24.02 € 4.01
Red Bull energy drink $30.69 € 5.12
Armor All $31.92 € 5.33
Head & Shoulders shampoo $37.74 € 6.30
Absolut Vodka $58.26 € 9.73
Roundup herbicide $63.20 € 10.55
Grapeseed oil $69.47 € 11.60
Renu contact lens solution $82.03 € 13.69
Tabasco sauce $94.46 € 15.77
Robitussin DM $110 € 18.32
Fresh squeezed wheat grass $125 € 20.84
Vanilla extract $128 € 21.34
Liquid Paper $198 € 33.12
Scintillation cocktail $209 € 34.97
Penicillin $301 € 50.33
Punky Colour hair dye $327 € 54.64
Patchouli oil $806 € 135
Cover Girl nail polish $893 € 149
Human blood $1,515 € 253
GHB (Rave party drug) $2,560 € 427
Black Inkjet ink $2,702 € 451
Mercury $3,433 € 573
Insulin $9,412 € 1,571
Chanel No.5 perfume $25,600 € 4,274
LSD $122,880 € 20,515
Thailand cobra venom $152,836 € 25,516
Scorpion venom $38,858,507 € 6,487,382

2 comments:

Rob Cockerham said...

Hi Pelalusa! I was a little saddened that you took every bit of the article and put it on your page, but at least you added the prices in euro.
Cheers, Rob Cockerham

David in North Burnaby BC said...

"Tap water $0.00 € 0.00

Evian bottled water $6.40 €1.07 "

Spell along with old Uncle Dave now kiddies:
R-I-P-O-F-F