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McDonald's Australia dramatically increases prices

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Australians are calling on McDonald’s to nearly double the price of popular items as the fast food chain battles rising inflation and production costs.

One Aussie went so far as to say the new prices were a “joke” in a Reddit thread where users shared what “subtle signs” of a recession they’d noticed.

A comparison of the price of items in 2019 and the items currently on sale in 2022 has shown that even a soft serving cone now costs more.

MCDONALD’S PRICE RISES

Big Mac burger – used to be $5.65, now $7.50 – 32 percent more

Quarter Pounder burger – used to be $5.65, now $7.60 – 34 percent more

McChicken burger – was $5.50, now $7.65 – 39 percent increase

Cheeseburger – was $3.15, now $4.70 – 49 percent increase

Double Cheeseburger – used to be $4.65, now $6.20 – 33 percent more

Double Quarter Pounder burger – used to be $7.35, now $9.90 – 34 percent more

Filet-O-Fish burger – was $5.00, now $6.75 – 35 percent increase

6 Chicken McNuggets – used to be $7.30, now $7.90 – 8 percent more

Big Mac Medium Combo – used to be $9.90, now $12.85 – 26 percent more

McChicken Medium Combo – used to be $9.60, now $12.50

Cheeseburger Happy Meal – used to be $5.30, now $6.45

Soft Serving Cone – used to be $0.60, now $0.80

Source: September 2022 Prices: McDonald’s Waterloo, Sydney. Prices March 2019: FrugalFeeds.com.au

A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $7.60.  Getting the burger in a big meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $13.95

A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $7.60.  Getting the burger in a big meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $13.95

A Big Mac (pictured) cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $7.60. Getting the burger in a big meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $13.95

A Big Mac cost $5.65 in 2019 and now costs $7.60. Getting the burger in a big meal cost $10.55 three years ago and now costs $13.95.

The humble Filet-O-Fish that used to cost $5 now costs $6.75, while a simple burger has nearly doubled in price from $2.50 to $4.15.

In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets cost $12.40 and is now priced at $15.25, with a chicken snack wrap increasing by $2.45 – from $2.50 to $4.95.

Even a soft serving cone, which cost 60c in 2019, now costs 80c.

Meanwhile, in 2019 a large Coke cost $3.35 for drinks and now costs $5.40 – while a large chocolate milkshake has risen $1.90 from $4.45 to $6.35.

Parents now pay $1.15 extra for a Happy Meal, which now costs $6.45 compared to 2019.

In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets would cost $12.40 and now priced at $15.25 with a chicken snack wrap (pictured) rising $2.45 from $2.50 to $4.95

In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets would cost $12.40 and now priced at $15.25 with a chicken snack wrap (pictured) rising $2.45 from $2.50 to $4.95

In 2019, a box of 20 McNuggets would cost $12.40 and now priced at $15.25 with a chicken snack wrap (pictured) rising $2.45 from $2.50 to $4.95

Even a soft serve cone (left) that cost 60c in 2019 now costs 80c, while McNuggets (right) has increased in price by over $2 in some cases

The price of menu items varies slightly between stores, as franchisees are in some cases responsible for setting and adjusting prices.

Richard Hill, the licensee of seven WA McDonalds locations in Perth, said the price increase 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 said PerthNow in July.

“We’re paying double for a device we may have paid for two years ago because shipping costs around the world have changed dramatically.”

Last month, disgruntled McDonalds customers complained via social media that the size of menu items such as a McChicken and Filet-O-Fish was shrinking.

‘Has McDonald’s Filet-O-Fish always been this small? I can’t remember it being that mini, kid-sized?!’ wrote one shopper on Facebook.

A customer took to Facebook to complain about the noticeable size difference between a Filet-O-Fish compared to the eatery's McChicken and a beef burger

A customer took to Facebook to complain about the noticeable size difference between a Filet-O-Fish compared to the eatery's McChicken and a beef burger

A customer took to Facebook to complain about the noticeable size difference between a Filet-O-Fish compared to the eatery’s McChicken and a beef burger

Foodies in the comments quickly agreed with the disgruntled customer, as another claimed the burgers are now “super small.”

“We had Big Macs last week. Not only have the buns shrunk, but the meat patties were so thin we could literally see through them. It was like they cut them in half,” said one member.

“Like the quarter pounder, which got its name because it was a quarter pound beef, it hardly is now,” replied another.

“Inflated price … deflated goods,” added a third.

A spokesperson said “there are no changes to the size of the burgers.”

“We are committed to offering our customers high-quality burgers with 100 percent RSPCA-approved chicken and 100 percent Aussie beef.”

McDonald's denies the customer's claims as a spokesperson said 'there have been no changes' to the outlet's burgers

McDonald's denies the customer's claims as a spokesperson said 'there have been no changes' to the outlet's burgers

McDonald’s denies the customer’s claims as a spokesperson said ‘there have been no changes’ to the outlet’s burgers

The cost of living in Australia and rising inflation have impacted almost all everyday expenses, including petrol, groceries, fast food and electricity.

Inflation has skyrocketed 6.1 percent in 12 months, pushing up food and energy costs, while wages have risen only 2.6 percent.

Interest rates have continued to rise in line with inflation, causing monthly mortgage payments to rise while utility bills continue to rise.

Vehicle owners will also have to deal with even more expensive fuel in five weeks, as the fuel tax cut ends on September 28, pushing gasoline prices up by about 22 cents per litre.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted McDonalds for comment on the price hike.