Bananas are sold by weight

Bananas are sold by weight. They are not sold by…

Can you help me finish the sentence?
What I’d like to say is “bananas are not sold by pieces”. Does it make sense?

Thank you!

They are not sold individually.


That’s wrong! Bananas can be sold individually, 1 banana is weighed and priced per kg. They are not sold by quantity.

Could I also say: They are sold apiece? or per piece?

They can also be sold by quantity.

The bananas are PRICED by weight. They are sold by quantity, individually or however you want

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The bananas are PRICED by weight. They are not priced individually.

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In New York and New Jersey delis and convenience stores, bananas are sold individually, as are apples and oranges. These fruits are typically sold by weight in grocery stores, but can be sold by piece.

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I think some of you are kinda missing the point, as well as arguing a moot point. When a company is selling a product, the packaging will often have the disclaimer, “This package is sold by weight, not by volume” or words to that effect. For bananas, the disclaimer will say "Bananas are sold by weight, not by quantity " or words to that effect. Bananas are generally sold in bunches and weighed to determine the price and in many places you can buy an individual banana (which will still be sold to you by weight). That doesn’t mean that bananas are not sold by quantity or any other which way anywhere in the world. That’s the whole reason for the disclaimer!

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Not really, I think. If I, of course, correctly understood sentense)

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I have to agree with scgrant176,; in NY and NJ (and maybe elsewhere in the US) delis and stores that don’t sell fruit and vegetables by weight (e.g., Starbucks and stores in airports), bananas (as well as apples and oranges, none of which are typically packaged) are sold for a fixed price per item, regardless of the weight or size. A small banana costs the same as a large one. There are also street vendors in NYC who sell bananas by the piece and do not weigh them: e.g, 5 bananas for $1.00 or $.25 each (The “unit” is not weight.) If you buy more than five, the vendor will weigh the bananas but not if you buy less than five. In grocery stores, bananas and apples are sold by weight, even if you buy only one.

Getting back to the original issue, the question is how to indicate that some pieces of fruit are sometimes sold not by weight but by the price of each individual item (i.e., one banana = $.25). While “unit pricing” of bananas is typically by weight in grocery stores in the United States, the unit price can also refer to the individual piece of fruit when it is sold in a restaurant, cafe or deli. By the way, a few other fruits – cantaloupe and honeydew – are sometimes sold by weight (per pound) or individually by the piece. (2 for $6) in grocery stores. Thus, unit pricing requires knowing what the unit is for specific items. In some cases it is weight but in other cases the “unit” is an individual item, regardless of size or weight.

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Hence the disclaimer.