Australians are calling on McDonald’s to nearly double the price of popular items as the fast-food chain struggles with rising inflation and manufacturing costs.
One Australian even went so far as to say the new prices were a “joke” in a Reddit thread in which users shared what “subtle signs” of a recession they had noticed.
A comparison of the prices of items in 2019 and the items currently on sale in 2022 has shown that even a Softserve bag now costs more.
MCDONALD’S PRICE INCREASES – 2019 PRICES VS 2022
Big Mac Burger – was $5.65, now $7.50 – up 32 percent
Quarter Pounder Burger – was $5.65, now $7.60 – up 34 percent
McChicken burger – was $5.50, now $7.65 – up 39 percent
Cheeseburger – was $3.15, now $4.70 – up 49 percent
Double cheeseburger – was $4.65, now $6.20 – up 33 percent
Double Quarter Pounder Burger – was $7.35, now $9.90 – up 34 percent
Filet-O-Fish Burger – was $5.00, now $6.75 – up 35 percent
6 Chicken McNuggets – was $7.30, now $7.90 – up 8 percent
Big Mac Medium Combo – was $9.90, now $12.85 – up 26 percent
McChicken Medium Combo – was $9.60, now $12.50 – up 30 percent
Cheeseburger Happy Meal – was $5.30, now $6.45 – up 21 percent
Soft Serve Cone – was $0.60, now $0.80 – up 33 percent
Source: September 2022 Prices: McDonald’s Waterloo, Sydney. March 2019 Prices: FrugalFeeds.com.au
A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and is now $7.60. The burger in a large meal was $10.55 three years ago and is now $13.95
A Big Mac cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $7.60. The burger in a large meal was $10.55 three years ago and is now $13.95.
The humble Filet-O-Fish, which used to cost $5, is now $6.75, while a plain hamburger has nearly doubled in price from $2.50 to $4.15.
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets was $12.40 and is now $15.25, with a chicken snack wrap up $2.45 – from $2.50 to $4.95.
Even a cone of waffles that cost 60 cents in 2019 now costs 80 cents.
For drinks, a large Coke was $3.35 in 2019 and is now $5.40 – while a large chocolate milkshake is up $1.90 from $4.45 to $6.35.
Parents are now spending an additional $1.15 on a Happy Meal, which now retails for $6.45 compared to 2019.
In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost $12.40 and now costs $15.25, with a chicken snack wrap (pictured) costing $2.45 from $2.50 to $4.95
Even a cone of waffles (left), which cost 60 cents in 2019, is now 80 cents, while McNuggets (right) have risen in price by over $2 in some cases
Menu item prices vary slightly between stores, as in some cases franchisees are responsible for setting and adjusting prices.
Richard Hill, the licensee of seven WA McDonalds outlets in Perth, said the price hike was due to rising inflation and production costs.
“This is the toughest environment I’ve ever seen and I’ve been in the business for 40 years,” he told PerthNow in July.
“We’re paying twice as much for a device that we might have paid for two years ago because shipping costs have changed dramatically around the world.”
Last month, dissatisfied McDonald’s customers took to social media to complain that dishes like McChicken and Filet-O-Fish were shrinking in size.
“Was McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish always this small? I don’t remember it being such a mini kid size?!’ wrote one buyer on Facebook.
One guest complained on Facebook about the noticeable difference in size between a Filet-O-Fish versus the eatery’s McChicken and a beef burger
Foodies in the comments were quick to agree with the dissatisfied customer, as another claimed the burgers are “super small” now.
“Last week we had Big Macs. Not only did the buns shrink, but the meat pies were so thin we could literally see through them. It was like they cut her in half,” said one member.
“Just like the quarter pounder, which got its name because it was a quarter pound of beef, it’s hardly that now,” replied another.
“Overpriced…deflated goods,” added a third.
A spokesman said “there were no changes to the size of the burgers”.
“We are committed to providing our customers with quality, affordable burgers made with 100% RSPCA certified chicken and 100% Australian beef.”
McDonald’s denies the customer’s claims, as a spokesman said “there have been no changes” to the outlet’s burgers
Australia’s cost of living crisis and rising inflation rates have impacted almost every day-to-day expense, including petrol, groceries, fast food and electricity.
Inflation has soared 6.1 percent over 12 months, leading to rising food and energy costs, while wages have risen just 2.6 percent.
Interest rates have continued to rise in line with inflation, which has pushed up monthly mortgage payments while energy bills continue to soar.
Vehicle owners will also have to contend with even more expensive fuel five weeks from now, as the fuel tax cut is due to end on September 28, raising gasoline prices by about 22 cents a liter.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to McDonald’s for comment on the price hike.
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