outtahere outtahere posted December 7th, 2010 at 6:21 pm to Bread & Milk. Viewed 1130 times. Answered 20 times.

Is fruit relatively expensive here or am I being overcharged? For example, I've paid 75 cents for a mango from two different street vendors here and they cost about a dollar at Asian markets in the U.S. Today I got some strawberries from a lady on a bicycle and she wanted to charge me 30k but ended up taking 10K. I don't know how much they weighed but it wasn't much - maybe enough to fill a coffee mug. Does that sound right?

Thanks

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pippasweetie wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 6:33 pm
pippasweetie (elite user)

Usually much cheaper than my home country - but that still depends if you are buying fruit that is in season and from Vietnam or fruit from overseas eg China.
Strawberries seem to be in season so should be reasonable but the local mangoes would be finishing.
Even ladies on bicycles have lttle weighing machines, so start to get fruit weighed and buy by the kilo so you can compare prices easily.
If you want a point of reference see what supermarkets, such as FIVI Mart are charging.

Ragvar wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 7:23 pm
Ragvar

Those bicycle vendors are sharks. They often sell underweight and want much more than the average foreigner tax.

Longh wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 7:39 pm
Longh (elite user)

I am a very cheap person when it comes to buying fruit here.

I bought strawberries today. They started at 17,000 per .10kg. Paid 10,000

As Pippasweetie said it really depends on the season and what is and what is not in. Strawberries are just starting to make their rounds here in Hanoi so in about 2 more weeks the prices should be about 1/2-2/3 what they are now.

jukebox_riot wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 9:25 pm
jukebox_riot

I just asked one of the "sharks" yesterday off Nghi Tam and was quoted 25K for a kilo of Dalat strawberries.

giayluathom wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 9:27 pm
giayluathom

go to Big C and get prices then compare. FiveE don't really sell much fruit apples, pomelo and coconuts. Street stalls think of the pollution from passing traffic.

Ragvar wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 10:06 pm
Ragvar

lucky you. they wanted 60k from me

DabHand wrote on December 7th, 2010 at 10:30 pm
DabHand

How much should oranges be per kilo?

jukebox_riot wrote on December 8th, 2010 at 12:09 am
jukebox_riot

Depends what kind I've gotten sweet (real) orange oranges for 20 a kilo and not so sweet mandarins for 30+ kilo. Depends on the season. I agree with giayluahom check out big C.

IrishGirl wrote on December 8th, 2010 at 12:37 pm
IrishGirl

I think I was really done then. I got a price of 200K/kg from the Bicycle ladies and 150K/kg at a veggie market near Truc Bach. Ended up buying 1/2kg for 75K!! Tasty though, however next time I will argue!!

Newman wrote on December 8th, 2010 at 6:29 pm
Newman (elite user)

Those real orange oranges will be imported - from USA, Australia and elsewhere. The green oranges are locally grown and, in my opinion, actually taste much better and are usually nice and juicy. However, they will over-mature quickly so need to be consumed within a few days.

If you want to buy local, get your oranges green!

Vegas wrote on December 8th, 2010 at 9:48 pm
Vegas (elite user)

Be careful with the orange oranges that don't display a country of origin. They're Chinese, and they taste of nothing.

I second Newman's green oranges call.

maliusmaximus wrote on December 8th, 2010 at 10:08 pm
maliusmaximus (elite user)

Whenever I move to a new area in Hanoi I find my new local fruit shop and explain to them that I'm living in the area; if they give a good price I'll keep coming back. Better that way as the permanent stores will recognize the value in repeat business and always give good prices to people they know live nearby.
If you can develop a good relationship with your local vendor, fruit or otherwise, they'll usually give you the best price, and you won't need to worry about seasons etc... they'll just give you a good price since they want you to keep coming back :)

DabHand wrote on December 9th, 2010 at 10:35 am
DabHand

^That must have been easy for you to say

hanoikiwi wrote on December 9th, 2010 at 12:22 pm
hanoikiwi (elite user)

Hi

There is always going to be variance and the need to bargain be it in a fruitstall or with someone cycling around witha tray of oranges/watermelon etc

Today I asked at a fruit stand just of Phung Hung St and here is what I was given as the price - I think it is higher than need be but it is a guide per kilo:

rockmelon 40,000vnd

watermelonn 15,000vnd

greenskinned orange local 25,000 -maybe from cycle this would be 15,000 to 20,000vnd

orange skinned oranges(China)50,000vnd

mango 35,000vnd - cheaper from bike gals

mandarins 30,000vnd

dragon fruit 30,000vnd

strawberries 70,000vnd for 500gms last time I asked though I have paid 50,000nd for a kilo in the last 1 2months

bananas - about 25 to 30,000vnd for a whole hand of large bananas

This is a guideline only - for sure you can get better prices at soem places/times.

maliusmaximus wrote on December 9th, 2010 at 4:06 pm
maliusmaximus (elite user)

@Dabhand, yeah, of course the fastest and best way to get a good price on anything is to speak in Vietnamese.
Lets people know Anh khong phai la du lich.
Even if a store hand speaks to me in good English, I always answer in Vietnamese so they know not to try to take you for a ride.

DabHand wrote on December 9th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
DabHand

Yeah me too, got my numbers down

outtahere wrote on December 15th, 2010 at 10:08 am
outtahere

Thanks everyone for the info and tips (and the very helpful price list from hanoikiwi). Now, being from the US, I just have to wrap my head around the metric measurements!

RufusTFirefly wrote on December 15th, 2010 at 12:06 pm
RufusTFirefly

Sorry about that.
I asked some of the people I work with and they say that strawberries aren't in season just yet so they are still expensive plus they are Chinese and sour. They said to wait a few weeks.

What I did when I first got here was get one of those publicity special offer price lists with the photos that they have in supermarkets (eg. Fivimart) and use that as a guide. I figure you pay top dong in those places.

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sly2345 wrote on January 27th, 2019 at 8:39 am
sly2345

The fact is many. Not a few but many locals selling anything or hiring foreigners for jobs are trying to screw you over. Find the ones that are not trying to fuck you over and give them business. Best way to find prices out is to ask people that have no benefit from lying to you. Make a list of fruits you like and ask locals at a coffee shop.
These scammers are everywhere in Asia. I know someone is going to post that this is not true and that there are only a few people trying to rip you off but if that were true then you would not need to look up the prices and make lists. The fact is they are liers and thieves and you need to know the prices of everything so you are not overcharged. Many other comments jave said the same just in a less direct manner.

johnspud wrote on February 27th, 2019 at 12:43 am
johnspud

I get excellent prices on fruit/veggies at Chau Long Market next to Truc Bach Lake - never buy most places downtown or in the Old Quarter!

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