As it turns out, that would be a pretty cheap price if they were a couple of Japanese cantaloupes.
Each year, top grade Yubari melons fetch astonishing prices. The melons are grown in Hokkaido greenhouses, and this year, the prices were a bit less astonishing.
In 2008, two Yubari melons commanded ¥2.5 million (over $30,000) and in 2007, two top grade melons fetched ¥2 million (about $25,000).
After the economy tanked, though, so did the melon price, hitting a mere ¥500,000 ($6,000) for two melons.
The average price of Yubari melons, which are only grown in – you guessed it – Yubari, is usually anywhere between $50 and $100.
This year, as the financial crisis puts the pinch on shoppers around the globe, the highest price for two Yubari melons was ¥1 million ($12,000).
The media are reporting that the melons “only” sold for this crazy price tag – and place the blame on the messy economy for “discount.”
Maybe you can make a killing, though. Word is, you can buy some Yubari melon seeds on Amazon for just $1.95.
I’m sure you could get rich that way, right? Right??
- Pair Of Melons Bought For $12,500 In Japan (inquisitr.com)