Oh well, my thread got locked. And I don't have the key.
I thought Joon Joon brought up an interesting point.
I bought a pie today. Plain large 16" pie. The regular price is $12.95 plus tax, though I saved $2.00 off that because it's a Monday only pick-up special. Another place was $14.00. Pizza used to be cheap. I remember just a few years ago being able to get this same size pie for $8.00.
If I wanted to add toppings to that plain pie, yes, the cost would be approaching $20.00. But at a chain, there's usually a deal where I could get one or two pizzas with multiple toppings for around $10.00. My point is, not everyone can necessarily afford paying "local prices." (Joon Joon aside). :)
The pizza was for my wife and kid. I don't even eat it. :)