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How would you describe the availability and cost of groceries and household supplies relative to your home country?

Grocery prices are not cheap especially for U.S.-type products. If you can find your way to larger mainstream markets like Carrefour or Metro, prices are about the same as in the U.S. or less. - Oct 24, 2017
Most western items are available, but items that are not in the Chinese diet (dairy and bread are the big ones) are sometimes exorbitant (think $10 for a stick of butter). Chinese brand groceries are dirt cheap. Fruits and veggies, if you use local varieties, cost almost nothing. - Dec 3, 2015
You can get most groceries and household supplies here, but you will pay a premium. Clothing and dishwasher detergent is very expensive (smallest box of clothing detergent will run you about US$11). US Wines will run you US$15 on SALE! Everything is about 25-40% higher. Mayo - US$6 for smallest jar. - Apr 12, 2015
Local products are cheap but imported one are expensive. - Aug 17, 2014
Very readily available. You can pretty much get everything you could every want or need here. In the suburbs, we have easy access to Jenny Wang's - a grocery chain that specializes in Western imports. That said, you definitely will pay a price for familiar food stuffs. Cereal (my kids' favorite food) is typically $8 a box so we usually plan ahead and order it through Amazon. You can get staples for a much lower price at Chinese markets and grocery stores. - Jul 18, 2014
If you shop at international grocery stores, expensive, since it's all imported. Cheaper if you go to local markets. - Jun 19, 2013
Household supplies are readily available at reasonable prices. Local food items are relatively inexpensive, but come with uncertainties about quality (milk tainted with melamine or leather products; fruits, vegetables, and meats laced with chemicals). For those reasons, we buy mostly imported stuff, which is rather expensive -- especially for items not commonly eaten by the Chinese (bread, cheese, breakfast cereal, etc.). With cereal at around $12/box, we order it and other items online. Wine and other imported drinks are also pricey (about 150% of U.S. prices) --and beware of some sellers with “cut” or otherwise inauthentic products. - Aug 27, 2011
There is an excellent selection of import grocery stores but they are pricey - Apr 7, 2011
Everyone says "you can get anything here." This is true, except for Ivory soap. And what they don't say is "...and it'll cost you." At the market around the corner from me, milk is $12 per gallon, butter is $1.50 per stick, and at Wal-Mart cheese costs $7 for a small block of Land O Lakes cheddar. Extrapolate accordingly. Obviously your average Beijing resident who makes $600 a month isn't paying these prices, they just eat entirely different things, some of whichnewly arriving Americans would consider weird and alien. You'll either need to change your habits (and lower your standards - Chinese products are not the same quality you'll be used to) or pay through the nose. - Jan 18, 2011
You can get just about everything here at Jenny Los and other shops, but oh, is it expensive! Chocolate chips: $5/bag. Cereal: $10/box. - Apr 29, 2010
Chinese groceries are cheap, but they have had a lot of food scares such as melamine in milk and all flour products, growth hormones in milk, problems with pork production etc. Imported food is safer but more expensive. - Jan 26, 2010