Grapes fetch record Y550,000 a bunch

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

  • 3

    CGB Spender

    It's good because even farmers can be rich. Nobody forces anyone to buy expensive fruits but there is always someone with enough money to be a customer.

  • 3

    smithinjapan

    Sorry, but they are only 'top notch' because the growers sold them at such an expensive rate. What else makes them top notch? I bet you could tell the bride and groom they are eating 1 million yen grapes, that are actually just 500 yen, and they'd say it is the best thing in the world. You see time and again with taste tests that people actually can't tell the difference most of the time between this 100,000 yen grapes and 500 yen grapes from the local supermarket. When you're TOLD it's expensive, you believe it must therefore be more delicious, which is moronic. For that much money the couple could have been flown anywhere in the world, first class even, and been given the same grapes for free or bought just as good a quality of grapes for about $10.

  • 5

    sensei258

    You know you have too much money when you pay $180+ for a single grape.

  • 0

    some14some

    Japanese often present top-quality fruits such as melons as gifts. The first batches of carefully grown fruit often fetch extraordinary prices, making headlines in newspapers.

    exactly, making headlines in newspapers is very significant in this shrinking economy.

  • -1

    warispeace

    Another clear sign that the wealth divide is growing wider under the neoliberal global economic system, that overly rewards a few whose depth of desire and greed knows no limit.

  • 8

    Farmboy

    Sorry, but they are only 'top notch' because the growers sold them at such an expensive rate.

    They were sold at auction. The growers didn't set the price. The buyers did.

    What else makes them top notch?

    Taste, shape, color, and the reputation of the grower.

    Really, the main idea is behind what you wrote is that grapes shouldn't cost that much, and I'd have to agree, keeping in mind that neither of us has sampled these grapes, and neither of us would ever buy these grapes. If other people want to, though, I don't see it as a problem. It's their money.

  • -3

    tmarie

    What's that saying? "A fool and his money...?"

  • -1

    Toby Smit

    I am quazaillionare!!!!! I have 40 grape vines that produce 160 bunches a year x what 30 grapes per bunch? 30 x 160 bunches = 4800 grapes @ $180 a grape??? hmmm BUYERS leave an e-mail (LOL) (4 different high quality varieties as well)

  • 4

    CGB Spender

    It's ironic that some people criticize cultivating and auctioning of quality fruits, part of a very essential industry, which enriches and diversifies the food market while at the same time go drinking their coffee at exploitive institutions like Star Bucks and the like. But no surprise there! It's always the same people who don't get the bigger picture.

  • 2

    some14some

    Nobody forces anyone to buy expensive fruits but there is always someone with enough money to be a customer.

    agreed and here the customer is a wedding hall operator & for him it's like a cost of an advertisement, quite cheap i guess.

  • -1

    bruinfan

    Publicity stunt? or just showing off wealth?

  • -1

    CrazyJoe

    This article has nothing to do with a ragtag like me.

  • 2

    zteano

    @smithinjapan it's like that fake labeling by the hotels and department stores that were being warned; people paying up just because but really can't tell the difference.

  • 0

    SenseNotSoCommon

    It's crass.

    But it's also market positioning in Japan, where people will buy an exact same product at the higher price in the belief that it's somehow better.

    The gullible will queue up for these grapes, and wonder how their smarter neighbours can afford frequent trips while they sit at home surrounded by cheap trinkets.

  • 3

    serendipitous

    Of course they aren't worth that much but it is a common practice in Japan on the first day of the buying season for buyers to bid high in order to bring attention to the product. Same as the tuna that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars or the melons that a high bidder may pay millions of yen for. It's more about advertising and promoting the product (and a 30-second TV commercial costs way more than 550,000 yen).

  • -1

    Serrano

    Something is worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it.

  • -4

    CrazyJoe

    It's just a matter of supply and demand.

  • -1

    YongYang

    I will post my local community's on file response to any 'highest' bid for food: Obscene.

  • 1

    roberto60

    in Italy it was paying € 4 per kilo

  • -2

    Harshana Sj

    fresh fruits are a luxury in japan? ROFL

  • -2

    KariHaruka

    If they want to waste money let them... Meanwhile I'm off to my local ASDA for a bunch of grapes for £1.50 (175yen)

  • 2

    dracpoo2

    wow....

  • 0

    YongYang

    @Hruak. Need to luck at your exchang rates there and please support your local greengrocers!

  • 0

    wtfjapan

    JA PR juggernaut hard at work again, we all know that the higher the price the better the quality and safety.... right!?

  • 6

    wipeout

    You see time and again with taste tests that people actually can't tell the difference most of the time between this 100,000 yen grapes and 500 yen grapes from the local supermarket.

    I doubt it.

    I've had good and bad grapes at the lower end of supermarket prices, and I've had grapes that were sent as a gift and (judging from the place of origin), would have cost far more than I would ever want to pay, or even want someone else to pay on my behalf. They were excellent, and certainly didn't taste like the everyday kind. Not worth the price, but damn good, as they should be. Telling the difference in a blind test would be the easiest thing in the world.

  • 1

    wtfjapan

    @CrazyJoe It's just a matter of supply and demand. well the supply is closed to Japanese producers with foreign ones getting screwed up the rear with high tarriffs, if Japanese agriculture markets where open theyd see that there are plenty of countries that make excellent quality grapes (all the best wines are foreign) at a fraction what Japanese are srewed to pay, also the extra competition will just make J farmers off better products are reducted prices. bring on the TPP

  • 3

    FightingViking

    It would seem to me most of these comments are just a bunch of "sour grapes"... Having said that, I much prefer to "drink" my (fermented) grapes out of a 299 yen bottle... (bought at our friendly neighbourhood supermarket... ;) )

  • 0

    highball7

    I remembered buying some square shape melon to a subordinate of mine who was hospitalized in a auto accident. That stupid square thing costed me 35,000yen. I can buy the same weight watermelon in LA twice the tastiness for a total of usd$10 bucks in wholefood or vons.

    The only difference was the level of kawaii-ness and the nice box that came with it. Which is just stupid. ITs a freaking fruit. But its supposed to be a Japanese thing to do.

    And she was happy and brought a smile to her face. So I guess its alright from that perspective.

    550,000 yen for a bunch of grapes? If I buy them and eat them, I better crap gold seeds after.

  • 2

    FizzBit

    Time to start a fruit farm I guess

  • 0

    TokyoGas

    I doubt that a huge percentage of consumers would be able to tell the difference from one strain of high grade of grapes to another. Maybe if there was a Television Champion episode about grapes we could see some experts telling us the difference in skin thickness, juiciness, sweetness etc.

    I remember reading about a meat shop in Sendai pulling the good ole' bait and switch tactic. The customers never knew the difference.

  • 0

    Strangerland

    I remembered buying some square shape melon to a subordinate of mine who was hospitalized in a auto accident. That stupid square thing costed me 35,000yen.

    I hope you didn't eat it - those square watermelons are not meant to be eaten.

  • 0

    blvtzpk

    What serendipitous said (cited below). I wouldn't be surprised if (in many of if not all of these cases) little or no money exchanges hands...or the purchaser is 'reimbursed' or 'thanked' by those selling the goods in question.

    It's all about the show folks...nothing to see here...move along...

    Of course they aren't worth that much but it is a common practice in Japan on the first day of the buying season for buyers to bid high in order to bring attention to the product. Same as the tuna that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars or the melons that a high bidder may pay millions of yen for. It's more about advertising and promoting the product (and a 30-second TV commercial costs way more than 550,000 yen).

  • 0

    KariHaruka

    2 people must have sour grapes over the fact that I can buy grapes rather cheaply.

  • 2

    MarkG

    Use that wasted money to buy toys for needy children.

  • -1

    kwatt

    This is really unbelievable price. It seems that Japanese don't care about prices even if too high prices. TPP would not work for Japan.

  • 2

    mataka

    Vile

  • 0

    kaynide

    I would like to direct your attention to a TV show, Penn and Teller's "Bull****". Specifically the episode about bottled water. That says it all for what's going on in the article.

    Or, tl;dr version: A fool and their money are soon parted.

  • 0

    Weasel

    I was surprised to see a higher price than I had originally imagined, but I would like bridal couples to savor them and have a great memory.

    A more blunt and accurate way of saying that would have started with, "...a fool and his money..."

  • 3

    sveinnyves

    Personally i feel it is a very irritating news to read. I wish they could spend the money to feed some hungry family or some kind of charity instead. Would love to see the face of the buyers, just curious to see how they look like.

  • 1

    jonobugs

    When the prices are this high, it's my belief that the fruit in question is purchased soley because of the high price. Part of the mentality is to show how wealthy they are, especially if it's a gift. The receiver tends to know the high cost of the fruit and is supposed to be suitably impressed about how much money was spent on them.

  • 1

    Strangerland

    I thought that went without saying.

Login to leave a comment

OR
  • 海外営業事務

    海外営業事務
    株式会社セドナエンタープライズ、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥220,000 ~ ¥400,000 / Month Negotiable
  • African Speaking Sales manager

    African Speaking Sales manager
    JPC TRADE CO.,LTD. (株式会社JPC)、Tokyo
    Salary: ¥200,000 ~ ¥450,000 / Month Negotiable Basic Salary + Incentives
  • Recruitment / HR Generalist

    Recruitment / HR Generalist
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Program Assistant

    Program Assistant
    Temple University, Japan Campus - テンプル大学ジャパンキャンパス、Tokyo
    Salary: Commensurate with experience plus transportation from/to TUJ
  • Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager

    Portuguese Speaking Sales Manager
    Autocom Japan (オートコムジャパン株式会社)、Kanagawa
    Salary: ¥270,000 ~ ¥800,000 / Month Commission Based

More in National

View all

View all