People Describe Which Things Are Luxuries In One Country But Common In Another
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We take a lot of things for granted in our lives. Look at where many of our readers live, after all. America is the land of freedom, comfort, and all services provided to us by the click of a smartphone possibly all of us are using to read this.

However, when you look at the state of certain countries, even those considered to live in "poverty" stateside have it much better than some in third-world countries. It's all a matter of perspective, and sometimes a luxury in one country can be considered uninspiring in another.


Reddit user, HanzeeeeDent, wanted to know how our countries differ when they asked:

"What is a luxury in one country, but a common item in another?"

Food is the easiest way to notice the discrepancies between the nations. What might be a dish of high-class value in one country can be seen as street food in another.

The Right Kind Of Fruit

"Japanese seem to be amazed at how abundant melons are outside if japan. It’s like they’re a luxury over there"

KentuckyFriedEel

"They have auctions where they'll pay thousands of dollars for the most perfect looking melons over there. They give them as gifts and display the melon for people to look at"

Monicabrewinskie

"I live in a city where Japanese executives and their families come to live for a year or so as part of their corporate culture. It is funny AS HELL to see them the first time in the grocery store. Whole cart full of melons. Hilarious."

The_Patriot

​Quick! Hurry, Millennials! 

"Avocados. I went to Belize and they grow naturally and just saw a pile of like 50 avocados just rotting on the ground because there was just way more than anyone’s ever going to eat. It was crazy."

Old-Research3367

"When I was living in Peru it was basically all fruit in this manner… mangos, pomegranate, passion fruit, citrus, you name it, thered be an old lady on a street corner with a pile of them hocking them for basically nothing."

"I live in LA now and what’s blown my mind is the amount of fruit trees used as decorative landscaping that just let them drop and toss them while the same stuff sells for $ at the store… passionfruit is something like $10 per lb. Meanwhile my neighbors have the vines as decoration on their side wall and just let them roll into the street"

JoefromOhio

Bag It Up!

"Soda cans. Here in the US are cheap af, but in my country they are a luxury. We buy usually a 2 liter bottles and we have to make it last."

Mariuxpunk007

"I lived in northwest Africa for a time, as well as Thailand. If you wanted a soda, you got a bag with a straw. Cans or small bottles were almost non-existent."

Shroom4Yoshi

"Philippines too. But only in very small stores. Reason is that they do not want to give away the bottle. For example, if you buy beer in a small store, you pay a small deposit. Then when you return the bottle, they give you the money back. For recycling."

sinus

Sounds Like A Good Time

"poppy seeds, pork, and alcohol"

"come to Slovakia, it is all legal, cheap and everywhere here"

"we also have legal foraging in any forrest that has no fence and is not part of national park....so year round practically free mushrooms, bear garlic, various berries, rosehip, herbs and tree fruit (for free fruit trees location there is an app)"

"leather products are not that expensive,too....actually, eating lamb is a luxury, owning sheepskin rug is quite common"

applesandoranges990

Societies are built on what we expect from one another, along with the expectations we carry for the people around us. When those assumptions are shifted, that's when you see the real differences in our home countries.

Call The Butler To Help The Maid

"Domestic helps."

Lonlolsm99

"What is domestic helps?"

Zenty3

"In many countries normal people have drivers, maids and other people working for their families. It isn’t a sign of wealth. It is more of a sign of people working for next to nothing."

NoChatting2day

Get Them Good Learnin'!

"Foreign Language classes before high school"

KhajitCaravan

"It is for a lot of people. Countries like France and Japan have their kids speaking at least 2 languages by the time they get to high-school. In America, most of us don't get exposed to a foreign language until high-school and that's why most people don't remember or even use their other language after graduating. It's taught to us at the worst time possible. My sister is the only person I've known [I went to three high-school so I've know a few people] who is "painfully fluent" In Spanish that she learned in high-school."

KhajitCaravan

We'll Never See Eye-to-Eye On Anything

"Let's just take the US and Russia for comparison, because it's most close to home for me."

"Ice making double-door fridges - pretty common in the US. Definitely a luxury in Russia."

"A second out-of-town property called a dacha. I have been told it's a luxury for Americans. In Russia, I would say, it's pretty normal to have a dacha - a summer home for vacation, out in the rural area. Maybe I'm wrong on this one."

"5G speed internet. Unlimited data. A luxury in Russia, pretty much the norm in the US today."

"Avocados. Canadian maple syrup. But that could be said for any imported foods. They are ridiculously expensive in the RF."

"Some construction equipment. I watch HGTV regularly and what they use could be considered a luxury in Russia, at least some of the equipment and materials. However a log cabin, I'd say, seems to me as more of a luxury in the US than Russia, because the most common type of construction in the US is the wood frame construction."

Not-a-Russian

When You Need To Smell Like A Star

"Deodorant. It’s an uncommon luxury in some East Asian countries where most people just don’t need it."

vivianmay02

And then there's these, pieces of life and society which show your rank, class, and social status without intending to the people of the world. You might think of them as commonplace, but to someone else they might be worth more than gold.

As Stated Before, Perspective Is Everything

"I remember when I was little McDonalds was quite a luxury for me. I was getting it 2-3 times a year and it was expensive for me and I guess for most common folks in my country. Not so much anymore, it have become something like the typical fast food. Times are changing. Wish you all good fellow Eastern Europeans."

YoghurtPower24

We Don't Even Think About It

"Air conditioning"

fattest_rattlesnake

"In the U.S. it's very common and we're always changing it. We go to Mexico and the whole house it hot af and everyone wants to stay in the one room that has AC."

V0rt3XBl4d3

"Hell, when I lived in East Asia, people would just hang at the local mall, because they had AC."

"In Vietnam, even one AC in a house was a serious status symbol. Which is awful, because it gets hot af during the hot season."

ACaffeinatedWandress

What We Need To Exist In This World Has Changed Drastically

"A bed."

"I’m from the Philippines and I’ve never had a bed. My family has slept on either a thin mattress on the floor or a “Banig” (a handwoven mat with no cushion so you might as well be sleeping on the floor) for most of my life and this is how it is for majority of the people in the country due to poverty"

"To the people asking why I can afford internet and a computer, but not a bed…"

"I don’t have a computer, I’m using an old secondhand phone and internet service can be around $20 while a bed is $100-$300, if you’re lucky (we don’t even have space for a bed, that’s why we use foldable mattresses and mats we can roll up). From what I’ve seen, $50 can get you just the frame or just the mattress."

"Internet is more of a necessity because 3 of us here are students and we have families abroad to stay in touch with. The money you can buy with a bed can cover all of our bills and get a few groceries. I can sleep on the floor if it meant having electricity, water, shelter, and food."

meispissed

It's All Relative

"cars. A new lowest spec Toyota corolla may cost upwards $100k in singapore. That’s equivalent to an approximate 1.5 years average income."

s1vaaeyy

"Bur you have some of the best public transit in the world. In the US that is a luxury. Density and walkability are also luxuries."

dharmabird67

Not A Drop To Drink

Water. Specifically, clean potable water.

In some countries people die for the want of water.

In my country we use clean water to flush away piss and sh-t. We leave the tap running while we brush our teeth.

Nuffsaid98

So, Where Do We...

"Indoor plumbing."

HolyMolyArtichoke

"It’s incredible something that’s existed hundreds of years is still so alien to some people."

HanzeeeeDent

Never take what you have for granted. Odds are, there's a multitude of people out in the world who think of what you have as a king's fortune.

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