Tim Tams snapped selling for more than $11 at remote store in north WA

Rising prices of popular supermarket staples have shocked the web after a pack of Tim Tams was sold for a whopping $11.80.

Aussie biscuits were one of a number of overpriced items on sale in Kalumburu in Western Australia’s far north this week.

Photos obtained by the ABC show Arnott’s Sao biscuits selling for $8.90, while Black and Gold washing powder was on sale for $9.30.

In general, the prices of staple foods, including fruit, vegetables and pasta, were more than double the prices seen online.

For 500g of spiral pasta, Kalumburu residents could expect to pay $6 in April 2024; it was selling for just $2.95 online.

It comes amid increased focus on food availability in light of the current cost of living crisis, both in remote communities and Australia’s big cities.

Earlier this month, a Byron Bay resident took to social media to express his frustration at the price of a strawberry filling, which was undercutting Coles by $9.50.

While Coles issued a statement explaining that the high price was due to seasonal changes, it came amid increased supermarket scrutiny.

The 195-page report, which emerged from an investigation into Coles and Woolworths, recommended that the duopoly be broken up and regulators empowered.

Food security concerns are particularly acute in remote communities like Kalumburu, where the ABC said the price gap is only widening.

A recent report found that the healthy food basket in remote stores in the Northern Territory was 40 per cent higher than in the suburbs.

Between 2000 and 2019, grocery costs in remote communities increased by 3.1 percent annually, compared to just a 2.9 percent CPI.

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