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?
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
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:
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
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.
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.
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.