ItemOKPick N PayChoppiesFoodWorld
All Purpose Cleaner 750ml150.39163.99na125.40
Bath soap Geisha 225g125.99na139.50na
Bath soap Jade 250gnana59.99na
Bath Soap Sonana49.9947.99na
Beans Dried 500g88.9989.9994.50100.60
Bleach/Jik 750ml253.19259.99na229.00
Bread Bakers Inn68.3966.99na67.40
Bread Lobels68.4966.99na67.50
Bread Proton68.4966.99na67.45
Bread Shop59.99nana55.00
Candles 6pack 300g166.69139.99119.00129.10
Cereal (Cerevita) 500g167.99179.99189.50199.40
Cooking Oil 2l249.99249.99259.99249.99
Creamer 1kgna329.99na472.30
Diapers 501049.59699.99na812.50
Dish Washer 750ml121.69119.99117.00124.25
Drink Bally House169.99169.99na171.25
Drink Cheapest129.99149.99143.50127.50
Drink Mazoe Original 2l190.99199.99196.50191.00
Drink Mazoe less sugarnanana187.00
Eggs 304.99399.99na385.30
Eggs 673.99nana77.30
Flour 2kg185.99239.99137.00231.90
Green bar108.99109.99129.99102.99
Jam 375ml97.9989.9991.20115.50
Kapenta 1KG974.98999.981024.00na
Kapenta 500g487.99499.99512.00na
Lotion/Cream Camphor 300ml230.59249.99na224.80
Macaroni 3kgnananana
Margarine 500g159.99119.990125.00109.990
Matches pack of 10 boxesna44.9935.00na
Mayonnaise 750g234.99249.99199.99234.90
Mealie-meal 10kg375.99nanana
Mealie-meal Refined 10kgna479.99409.00448.50
Milk 1l59.9959.9959.9980.65
Peanut butter 375ml136.99149.99137.75164.60
Petroleum Jelly 300ml141.29149.99na144.95
Rice white/Long grain258.99239.99227.00183.75
Salt 1kg46.9949.99na30.80
Sanitary Pads 10s/8s89.20109.9999.9985.55
Scouring powder 500g26.7929.99na25.75
Shoe polish 100ml117.19nana117.75
Shoe polish 50ml87.89nana86.80
Soup Usavi Mix 50g46.9949.9947.5047.15
Stasoft Refill (500ml)239.19269.99nana
Sugar 2kg212.79214.99na224.90
Surface Cleaner 750ml156.49114.99269.99154.60
Tea 100 tea bags146.99139.99150.00193.65
Thai Rice 2kg272.99234.99na187.45
Tinned beans 410g77.9974.9974.9977.55
Tinned fish 155g73.9979.9992.5073.00
Tissues (Pack of 4)99.99114.99106.00117.35
Toilet Cleaner 500ml173.79na166.05
Toothpaste 100ml93.9989.99na129.40
Washing Powder 1kg331.89234.99355.00236.65
Washing Powder 2kg446.19na325.00*449.65
  • For the first time in a while we were able to survey all four leading supermarket chains:
    • OK supermarkets
    • Pick N Pay (TM)
    • Choppies and
    • FoodWorld
  • Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our surveys may not include some shops that we would normally include in our survey. In this case, we were to survey all the four leading supermarket chains.
  • Prices in other supermarkets are within 5% of the above prices. Where the prices seem too different it is because different brands of the item were surveyed in the two shops being compared. We look for the cheapest but popular brands. We don’t always look at the cheapest brand for example:
    • Nurse tissues are among the cheaper brands but they are not the cheapest. They are the cheapest widely accepted brand. Other cheaper brands are frankly rubbish
    • We look at Sunlight, Surf and Maq when it comes to the cheapest washing powder brands, however, we don’t normally include brilliant although it is the cheapest brand out there. Housewives just don’t like or buy much of it with packets spending months on shelves.
    • We only include real white/long grain rice but don’t include broken white rice although it is cheaper
    • For popular items, we list separate items, for example, dilutable drinks. We don’t do this for items such as matches and candles. People don’t usually care about brands here.
  • Our sample analysis shows that prices of the other Big Four supermarket chains are within 2-5% range of each other’s prices

Prices last updated 3 August 2020

Something to note

Despite repeated denials by both government and businesses, there is an undeniable link between prices and black market exchange rates.

A word about inflation

Zimbabwe’s prices have been going up since 2018. This coincided with the introduction and rise of both the bond notes and RTGS dollar which were essentially the Zimbabwean dollar(ZWL). The government finally admitted this in February 2019 and passed laws marking its return in June of 2019.

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