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Pricey cloves

I loved the pumpkin cupcake recipe mentioned earlier this week on SE, but wanted to freshen up my ancient jar of cloves. So today in CA I found a mini spice container (half the normal spice jar) of ground cloves for $9+.
Yow! Are cloves this crazy-expensive everywhere else? Can I skip them, or just use "pumpkin pie spice" and call it a day?

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