No matter where you buy the gifts from "The Twelve Days of Christmas," you're going to pay more, but whatever you do, don't buy them in Chicago. Or Los Angeles. Or New York.
The cost of buying all 364 items repeated throughout the timeless holiday carol has gone up 6.1 percent since last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by PNC Wealth Management. And the new retail cost of $107,300 really hurts in the biggest U.S. cities, where state and local sales tax adds on as much as 9.5 percent.
The financial services company tracks the items - including gold rings (up big), swans (more expensive than you think) and maids a-milking (at minimum wage) as part of its Christmas price index. But it does not include sales tax.
"No, the prices are just the retail cost," said PNC spokesman Alan Aldinger. "So depending on where you buy, you might pay quite a bit more, or quite a bit less."
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