Jamaica is a very diverse country with many people of differing ancestry which makes it a place that is true to its motto—Out of Many One People.
While recession took a turn for the worst and the current conversion rate against the US dollar is 126 to 1 JM dollar, people still keep their chins high and continue to stride with their pride intact.
In light of this, here are a few things Jamaicans will never stop buying no matter the price:
Now these are the ackee, the breadfruit, chicken back, mackerel and oxtail, to name a few. Jamaicans already love their food, so it wasn’t a surprise that these foods would make it on the list. Whether it is with the rice or ground provisions, or by itself, Jamaicans find a way to stew, roast, fry, boil, curry or jerk one of these delicacies into a mouthwatering meal. Not quite a delicacy but a sure go-to lunch, breakfast and/or snack is the Jamaican patty. It does not matter if it’s from Tastees, Mothers or Juici Beef, the price has been rising steadily from $25 and is now at an arguable $120 to afford a patty but even the beggar on the road makes the effort to buy even one on a regular basis.
Marijuana in rolling paper from the seller or friend connection or cigarettes from the Mini Mart down the street, this is another item some Jamaicans will pay to get at anytime day or night. Residents and tourists alike outsource the product at all areas of the island. While some smoke it, others incorporate it in other products like the infamous weed cake or brownies.
Skin bleaching has become a phenomenon that will seemingly not die down anytime soon. Celebrities both international and local have chosen to bleach their skin to keep up with the trends and fad of society and as such fans and onlookers who believe this is acceptable follow suit. With the rise in the desire and to an extent the need to change one’s skin colour in fear of looking ‘too black’, persons have purchased bleaching cream to achieve a lighter complexion. With that occurrence, persons will no matter what, purchase this product regardless of the price.
Oh my, this possibly could’ve been the first on the list since every other female has worn weave at least once in their life. Hair extensions and weave have somehow wiggled their ways into the hearts and purses of females of Jamaica and the world.
Alcohol has been an age old valued possession of the Jamaican people, especially the good ole’ Jamaican white and red rum. Chased with soda, juice, tonic, ginger ale, or even water, Jamaicans will spend money purchasing a flask, litre, quart or even a cup at the nearby bar or outlet.
Jamaicans love to talk by nature, so it’s not surprising that they would be purchasing phone cards. Whether it is from the service provider Flow or Digicel, millions of dollars have been ‘invested’ in the phone card companies. Don’t believe? Ask a stranger how much they spend daily or weekly on phone cards alone.
Better yet, ask anyone the same question: “What are some things Jamaicans will buy no matter the price?” and post your responses in the comments below! We are curious to know!
By Alexandra Daley
Please note that wherever the word Jamaicans appear we are referring to the term many Jamaicans