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Price of Spices in DC Metro Area?

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I was shocked at the price of the autumn spices that I need for my thanksgiving meal. Significant other used the McCormick spice date checker and threw anything that McCormick said should be replaced a couple of months ago.

Cinnamon Sticksand Bay Leaves were easily found in the Mexican section of the store. Cinnamon in McCormick was $3.69 and 65 cents for the same size in the Mexican section. The same held true for bay (laurel) leaves. They are without the jars but we do reuse jars.

Nutmeg was over $5.00 and Cloves ranged from $6.00 to $10.00 per jar with no Mexican alternatives available.

I don't mind paying these prices if I knew the people that pick them were getting a better wage and a better standard of living. It is often said that the price of the glass or plastic jar represents the difference in cost. I think there must be more to the story. Can any one clue me in?

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  1. ignore the use by date - it ain't meat, you may have to use more the older it gets, but my suspicion is that's largely planned obsolescence.

    I think you're right about the packaging.