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Feb 23, 2009 01:23 PM

What is the price for lobsters these days?

is it back to around 10 bucks per pound? Are there still any deals around?

Thank you,

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  1. They were ~$8.95/lb at Shaws on Beacon Street on Saturday and very lively looking.

    1. tails only were $19.99 a lb at Costco last weekend, previously frozen. Each tail is close to 1 lb.

      1. Bought one at Star Market for $8.99/lb after we found out Louie's Alive and Kicking didn't have any on Saturday. Tasty.

        1. $6.99/lb at Market Basket.

          1. Don't buy lobster on price alone. Buy from someplace with a lot of inventory turnover - Capt. Marden's in Wellesley or James Hook in Boston. Prices lately have been in the $7.99 - $10.99 per lb. for 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 lb. lobsters.

            9 Replies
            1. re: TheTrout

              I couldn't agree with you more!


              1. re: Harp00n

                And what's the rational for that? If it's alive it's all that matters right?

                1. re: joebloe

                  Simply being alive is not the best rule of thumb for buying a lobster.
                  One thing that you'll notice at most lobster pounds is the constant changing & circulation of the water. Fresh, clean water keeps the lobsters healthier. The water quality, or lack of, in most grocery stores & many fish markets is distressing. Some of the problems you'll encounter are: shell diseases, fungal & bacterial infections.

                  1. re: TheTrout

                    agree! Plus the lobsters who live in the grocery store tanks with their claws banded are not fed much of anything/if anything.. So would you rather have a healthy lobster just plucked from the ocean that day or a starving one that has lived in an aquarium for weeks or months?

                    1. re: hargau

                      Yeah, you really don't want a lobster that has been in a tank for a month or two, eating little or nothing, and essentially slowly wasting away.

                      1. re: hargau

                        i had this same concern and when i asked the seafood manager at my local MB i was told that they turn the tank completely over every 2 days or less. but this was last summer when the price was dirt cheap.

                        1. re: ScubaSteve

                          I would not worry about the tank at a busy supermarket. It's the pokey out of the way fishmarket (I can think of a couple) or some random shaw's that is just kinda sloppy about everything where I would worry.

                          That said, I know a lobster place in Marshfield that had an albino lobster in their tank for a year or two. I imagine they fed it, but it probably wasn't very tasty after all that time in the tank.

                    2. re: joebloe

                      The Trout & hargau have already highlighted the difficulties of quality control in live storage. Here are the specifics from the Commercial Fisheries News.


                      BTW, similarly, but not the same, are the issues of "farmed" salmon versus wild Pacific but that's a whole nother thread.

                  2. re: TheTrout

                    While I agree with you that James Hook is a great place, buying lobsters "alive and kicking", at a grocery store is fine. I buy mine at MB, because of two reasons. The price and convenience.