Oct 30, 2002, 8:50 PM
Post #21 of 30
Marlene, are you looking for a specific list of things which are expensive? I tried very hard not to list them in my message, assuming that I wouldn't be enlightening anyone with anything.
Re: [Marlene] Cost of Living
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Things which have affected me, maybe not usual things, but things which have irked me this week:
-a prescription drug in Canada, three month supply is $80USD more expensive in Mexico. Plus its much less potent here.
-Contact Lenses, just barely shy of 2 times more expensive.
-Yesterday I was trying to get through to someone, whose line was busy. On a Payphone. Telmex decided to dock me $1 peso each time I tried.
-Loaf of bread, pan bimbo costs about $1.95-$2.00 cdn, compared to $0.99 cents at home. $2.00 would get you a premium variety such as Texas Toast or Multigrain, but the basic Pan Bimbo sliced white bread is $0.99 cents at most places (ie Loblaws, IGA).
Mexicans pay so much more for these basic things than we do at home. Its no wonder there is so much poverty. I'm sure we Canadians could make a pretty big list of things more expensive here than at home, though maybe its not as noticeable for Americans. And sure you can say its our low dollar, but even still we make way more than the average Mexican, so it doesn't matter its still expensive. One hour at a minimum wage job in Canada pays more than 53 million Mexicans make in a day (based on a thenewsmexico.com article I saw a couple weeks ago, and the thread that was on here at that time). And yet, I as a Canadian, albeit a poor one myself, find Mexico very expensive. So I can't imagine what its like for the poorer Mexicans (which is the majority). I feel very sorry for them.
My argument is that if you want to help poor mexicans, lower the prices of these basic things. Would it not make more sense to do whatever you can to help lower the cost of living, rather than using all your charity money to build new churches and pay so called missionaries to hang out downtown preaching about the bible to people who would be better off with food on the their tables instead. Yes I have a personal beef with one of the missionaries here, but just in general do something about theses costs, lobby the government (from your own country I suppose), or something like that if you really want to help them out. Giving them change only prolongs their problems, their missery, and their suffering.
I think you'd be hard pressed to find something less expensive in Mexico than Canada, aside from public transit, silver, and crafts. I suppose maybe limes too. Or lower quality produce at a market. But other wise, Mexico is very expensive. And considering we in general have more money than they do, it just seems a little backwards to me.
Am I alone in thinking that people should do something about this, instead of just giving to beggers on the street and building churches so they can find god? Instead of the Americans downtown passing out flyers trying to convert people to baptism why don't they hand out flyers denouncing the price of bread, electricity, telephones, drugs, food, gas, and other basic necessities. Americans could very well feel differently, but I don't think the rent is particularly cheap either, considering the houses are basically brick boxes with some plaster, with no heating, insulation, clean water, even steady supplies of water, air conditioning systems, or even properly sealed windows and doors a good majority of the time... With all the wierd bugs they have here, I've yet to see a screened window. Point is that for the same price as what would rent you a decent townhouse where I am from in south western Ontario, in Mexico you can get an attached house of the type mentioned above.
For me, and all foreigners, we are here by choice. Obviously there are many things I do like about Mexico, which is why I am here in the first place. If it gets too much for me, I can always go home. But for the most part, Mexicans are stuck here, stuck with these prices, and I just find it incredibly sad.