Truthfully we wouldn't mind paying these prices on occasion, for some FRESH in-date products. Most these products are usually out of date or very close to expiration. We have taken a few risks and purchased out of date products. We've had some bad experiences to say the least. We've just decided that we'll go without. The problem here, besides it's very expensive, is it is all shipped in and we never know from container to container what we're going to get. Every time the price of fuel goes up, it hits here very hard, in all kinds of ways.
They must walk down the aisle in the states and look at the dates and say, "hey, let's send it to Micronesia". :) haha! We do really love it here and all this just adds to our adventure in Micronesia.
And that is what we call our Cost Of Living Allowance in Chuuk.