Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

I was just remembering from economics class in school [20 years ago now!] we once talked about the “Big Mac Index” which was a way to compare currency internationaly… the idea is this:

A “Large Big Mac Meal” [from mcdonalds] consists of…
1 Big Mac
1 Large Fries
1 Large Coke

Costs[in Australia] $6.80AUD [$3.62USD]

By comparing the cost in various currencies you can get a clearer view of what “normal things” cost in other countries.

It may give non US/UK residents a bit of a clue about relative value in relation to prices on unicycle.com [or anywhere else]

In my case I’m after a Suzue hub [$25USD + $25USD postage = $50USD = $94AUD]

thats works out to be:

$94AUS divided by Large Big Mac Meal[LBMMs] $6.80 = 13.8LBMMs

phew! [my brain hurts]

so the question is how many LBMMs does it cost in your neck of the woods? [wherever that may be]

i’m not having a big whinge or anything - this is all in fun [and for adventure]:slight_smile:

richard.

this may help also:
http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

I would consider a Big Mac Meal “common”, not “normal”.

I refuse to participate in acknowledging cow parts as a universal commodety. My Suzue hub cost me aprox $30, shiped- so $30 devided by $2.68 comes to 11.19 *TSU, extra firm.

Christopher

*Tofu Standard Units

We were discussing Big Mac Meals. I think that has little if anything to do with cow parts. There are probably more UNICYCLE parts in a Big Mac than cow parts.

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

>I refuse to participate in acknowledging cow parts as a universal commodety.>>

I agree, Big Macs should not be a universal cowmodity. I think this whole
thread is a bit hippocritical–see…

David Maxfield
Bainbridge Island, WA

Re: Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

How did you find that picture of me?

Also,

It is not my intention to promote McD’s as a universal anything… here is what i surmise my economics teacher was getting at:

*It is useful to find a widely available product/service that most countries produce localy [not imported]

*that product/service should involve various parts of the economy - primary production, transport, service, storage, distrubution etc.

*that product/service should be standardised in form internationaly

I would like to point out that I don’t personaly enjoy any McD’s products, and if anyone can suggest a more appopriate commodity, please do [taking into account the above criteria]

If people find this thread offensive or annoying, I’m certainly willing to drop it - it’s no big deal - and not even really unicycling related.

richard.

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

I heard a better financial quantifier was the Mars Bar Index.
This index also lets you compare economics over time since Mars Bars have
been around for many years.
I’m informed that a typical price for a UK Mars Bar is 35 pence.

Therefore a £36.00 Susue hub from Unicycle.uk.com costs just under 103 Mars
Bars.

HTH, Though I sincerely doubt it could :slight_smile:

Andrew “Would rather have a Mars bar than a Big Mac any day” Feldhaus
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“bonehead” <bonehead.2kx5a@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
news:bonehead.2kx5a@timelimit.unicyclist.com
>
> I was just remembering from economics class in school [20 years ago
> now!] we once talked about the “Big Mac Index” which was a way to
> compare currency internationaly… the idea is this:
>
> A “Large Big Mac Meal” [from mcdonalds] consists of…
> 1 Big Mac
> 1 Large Fries
> 1 Large Coke
>
> Costs[in Australia] $6.80AUD [$3.62USD]
>
> By comparing the cost in various currencies you can get a clearer view
> of what “normal things” cost in other countries.
>
> It may give non US/UK residents a bit of a clue about relative value in
> relation to prices on unicycle.com [or anywhere else]
>
> In my case I’m after a Suzue hub [$25USD + $25USD postage = $50USD =
> $94AUD]
>
> thats works out to be:
>
> $94AUS divided by Large Big Mac Meal[LBMMs] $6.80 = 13.8LBMMs
>
> phew! [my brain hurts]
>
> so the question is how many LBMMs does it cost in your neck of the
> woods? [wherever that may be]
>
> i’m not having a big whinge or anything - this is all in fun [and for
> adventure]:slight_smile:
>
>
> richard.
>
> this may help also:
> http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi
>
>
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> bonehead - wobble bottom
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Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

As a vegan I think responding to this thread would be a bad idea :slight_smile: Except
to say that Ronald is one ‘clown’ I will NOT be defending here :slight_smile:

David

BTW. I lost my ADSL connection yesterday. How do you modem users cope? I
feel like I have lost a limb!

OK, before this gets out of hand I hereby request [as original poster] that this thread is stopped.

It appears to have missed it’s mark, whatever that was, and I am sorry for any offence caused.

[I did like the Mars bar idea… but anyway]

richard.

[I use a multitude of connections every day - Modem, T1, ADSL, Cablemodem, ISDN etc and yes a 56k modem is slow, but it’s a LOT better than my old 300baud modem]

I have to take issue with the Mars Bar as a monetary unit; the God of War is a symbol of the male patriarical opressor that I find- oh… wait… I fit in that catagory.

Mars Bars it is!

Christopher

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

I am a vegetairian, and I always have been, and have therefore, never bought a
bigmac, ever. Although I doubt they have any actual meat in them.

-Dylan

This thread made me hungry so I went to Mc Donalds for lunch to do some research.

A large big mac meal here in Bellevue Washington USA is $4.08 USD. You’re getting a better deal on Big Macs over there in Australia.

A Suzue hub is $25 USD + $5 USD shipping = $30 USD

$30 / $4.80 = 7.35 LBMMs for a Suzue hub

A much better deal than your 13.8 LBMMs even though your LBMMs are less expensive.

How many LBMMs is a Suzue hub in the UK?

animal parts vs. hubs

David and Dylan,
we do have to get back to tofu units, I guess. Glad I am not the only vegetarian on this list.
Sorry about this somewhat un-unicycling-related post.

Have fun,
Fred

Ya, I’m a reformed vegitarian, too. Better work this thread before the MAN squashes it for ‘Non-Uni Like’ thinking. That Gilby’s a meat eater, if I ever saw one- you can read it in his eyes…

Speeking of which, we should all thank Mr. Childs for ‘taking one in the gut’ in the interest of research. He suffers so that others may acurately assess the relative value of their equipment, while remaining meat free. Thanx John!

Christopher

I am a non-diet-restricted omnivore who believes that threads like these which provoke sensitive people into foolishly revealing their soft spots and buttons should be encouraged. I also think that responses to posts which contain words such as “unicycle”, “clown”, “juggling”, and the like should be deemed on-topic. As you can easily see this is an on-topic response.

The weather in Seattle was sunny all week until today. I had been Cokering in everyday but switched to the bicycle today. What an odd feeling. So much hardware to deal with. And those skinny, hard tires…rough ride.

Chris-

I thought you might prefer this quote from KJP for your signature:

“Sorry Greg, my wife didn’t like any portion of your name.”

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

Harper said…

^I am a non-diet-restricted omnivore who believes that threads like these
which provoke sensitive people into foolishly revealing their soft spots
and buttons should be encouraged.^

I am neither sensitive nor provoked :slight_smile:

Actually, I can see the sense in the original post too.

David

Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]

----- Original Message -----
From: “harper” <harper.2nb0y@timelimit.unicyclist.com>
Sent: Friday, April 05, 2002 10:30 AM
Subject: Re: Big Mac Index? [related to the Suzue hub thread]
>
> I am a non-diet-restricted omnivore who believes that threads like these
> which provoke sensitive people into foolishly revealing their soft spots
> and buttons should be encouraged. I also think that responses to posts
> which contain words such as “unicycle”, “clown”, “juggling”, and the
> like should be deemed on-topic. As you can easily see this is an
> on-topic response.

As a shameless Twinkie fan, I agree. Anything (well, almost anything) goes
here.

How else are we going to learn more than we wanted to about cornstarch and
baby showers? (By the way, was it ever made clear that it’s a “shower”
because the guest of honor is showered with gifts?) (Don’t they have such
parties in other countries for brides and expectant mothers?)

I look forward to other great topics that are bound to show up at some
point. For example, was there ever an official vote on which way to install
those cool little feet tires – with the feet pointing forward or backward?

Was it recently determined who has the all-time largest shoe size and can
actually wheel walk?

How fast should the dad be allowed to travel while riding and pushing a baby
stroller (pushchair?)? Should some sort of international speed limit be set
for this? Or will this be considered as a new category for races?

I can sometimes ride and chew gum. Do people eat Big Macs while riding? Do
they want fries with that?

Seems to me if we’re willing to discuss these things, the range of topics is
endless. And interesting, too.

After all, enquiring minds want to know…

Carol
Minnesota