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6 Geese-a-Laying Just Got Way Pricier

But cost of other '12 Days' gear stays about the same
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 1, 2014 6:49 AM CST

(Newser) – The cost of six geese-a-laying spiked considerably this year, while most of the items in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" saw little to no increase, according to the 31st annual PNC Wealth Management Christmas Price Index. A set of gifts in each verse of the song would set you back $27,673 in stores, an increase of less than $300—or 1%—from last year. But shoppers turning to the Internet would see a bigger bump of about 8% over last year's Internet prices, bringing the set of gifts in each verse to $42,959 online. Buyers looking to purchase all the items each of the 364 times they're mentioned in the song would spend $116,273, a modest 1.4% increase from a year ago.

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Here's a look at the full set of prices:

  • Partridge, $20; last year: $15
  • Pear tree, $188; last year: $184
  • Two turtle doves, $125; last year: same
  • Three French hens, $181; last year: $165
  • Four calling birds (canaries), $600; last year: same
  • Five gold rings, $750; last year: same
  • Six geese-a-laying, $360; last year: $210
  • Seven swans a-swimming, $7,000; last year: same
  • Eight maids a-milking, $58; last year: same
  • Nine ladies dancing (per performance), $7,553; last year: same
  • 10 lords a-leaping (per performance), $5,348; last year: $5,243
  • 11 pipers piping (per performance), $2,635; last year: same
  • 12 drummers drumming (per performance), $2,855; last year: same
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