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Copper River Salmon

reets May 21, 2010 11:21 AM

Does anyone have any insight why QFC is charging only $24.99/lb for the CR King while Whole Foods: $37.99; Central Market:$34.99: Metropolitan Market : $34.99?

I sure wouldn't mind saving $10/lb if it's the real thing!

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    urika May 21, 2010 03:37 PM

    QFC as part of the Kroger supermarket chain has enormous buying power. They have probably purchased ten fold more that Whole Foods, Central and Met Market combined. Kroger can then pass the savings onto the consumer and maintain similar profit margins to the other retailers listed

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    1. re: urika
      GreenYoshi May 21, 2010 03:43 PM

      But on a limited product like this, I'm not sure how much buying power can play into it. The volume's not there from a supply side to create such a difference in price.

      Also, QFC runs on much slimmer margins than Whole Foods, so that's part of it.

      Additionally, QFC may be using this as a loss-leader. That is selling it at, or below cost, to entice customers into the store to buy other items.

      From a more speculative end, I have think buyers from places like Whole Foods and Metropolitan Market offer higher prices to suppliers (knowing their customers will pay more) for the best of the catch and are able to get the best specimens of fish. (but again, this is much more speculative than the above points)

      Metropolitan Market
      1908 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA

    2. lavaca May 22, 2010 04:04 PM

      Is it previously-frozen rather than fresh?

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      1. re: lavaca
        mrnelso Nov 28, 2011 01:35 PM

        Unless you are eating fish within a few hours of the catch, the quality is better if it is frozen.
        Fish flash-frozen at sea is far superior to fish that has been sitting in the hold for any length of time.

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        LemonyRoux May 22, 2010 06:21 PM

        It could be the difference between Sockeye and King (Chinook), which is generally more expensive. At my local Thriftway Copper River Sockeye was going for $24.99 today.

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        1. re: LemonyRoux
          zacfi May 24, 2010 01:43 PM

          I had a CR Sockeye last night that I bought at Pike Place but grilled at home in Brooklyn. It may have been the only Copper River salmon in Brooklyn last night and it was great. It is much more flavorful than the usual farmed fish we get in the east. It wasn't cheap even buying it in Seattle.

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          robca May 23, 2010 06:24 PM

          There's always Costco, if you don't mind filleting your own. Got a nice sockeye today, for $8.99/lb

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            seahag May 27, 2010 08:49 AM

            Wow. I paid $29.99/lb yesterday at my Whole Foods in Minneapolis for some excellent Copper River Salmon. Funny it should be cheaper here considering the distance it needs to travel.

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              seattleviking May 27, 2010 11:09 AM

              QFC has CR Sockeye for $6.99 a pound this week if you buy the whole fish. They will steak or filet for free.

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              1. re: seattleviking
                RandyB May 27, 2010 10:05 PM

                Hank's Market in Twisp, WA used to sell Copper River Salmon for half what it cost in Seattle, Their former meat/fish manager had some deal to buy a thousand pounds of fish at a time to truck up the Methow Valley. That suggests to me that the reason for the big price differences here in Seattle is just the sellers taking advantage of the CR hype to jack up prices.

                I haven't been in Twisp since the CR started swimming to Washington, but I'll be there this weekend to check it out.

                1. re: seattleviking
                  food4yoursole Jun 1, 2010 12:51 PM

                  Thanks for the tip! I'm heading there today; the sale ends at midnight. Hope they still have some!

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                  Chatsworth May 28, 2010 03:00 AM

                  Whole Food = Whole Wallet

                  I rarely go in there, but when I do I'm astonished at how they overprice their produce, particularly the conventionally grown stuff. I can't believe people pay what they ask. I imagine that's what's going on with the CR salmon.

                  Support your local grocers and fishmongers instead! I don't know who they are in Seattle, but in Portland we have the wonderful New Seasons and also locally owned Thriftways.

                  Sorry if this is going off topic.

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                  1. re: Chatsworth
                    RandyB May 28, 2010 01:06 PM

                    CR king fillets were $35/lb yesterday at Whole Foods, $30 for sockeye. CR sockeye fillets are $15/lb in Twisp and much less for whole fish.

                    If you need a lot of salmon, it would pay to drive out there.

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                      seattleviking Jun 1, 2010 01:37 PM

                      If you are a Costco member they have sockeye fillets for $12.99 or whole fish for $8.99... of course the fillets are basically a whole fish that has been filleted.

                      1. re: seattleviking
                        tedfood Jun 8, 2010 11:49 AM

                        Don't know where all these $8.99 and 6.99 prices come from but Costco does not have CR for that price, only farm raised. QFC's CR are previously frozen and very limited availability may be six or seven fish at a time per the seafood guy and at $9.99

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                          Lauren Jun 8, 2010 01:29 PM

                          tedfood - are you sure? Costco usually has a special on whole CR salmon during the run.

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                            tedfood Jun 8, 2010 02:02 PM

                            I was there yesterday and no CR

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                              seattleviking Jun 8, 2010 05:12 PM

                              The QFC price was one week only and they ran out quickly. I bought the last fish at the Uptown QFC on the first day of the sale. [May 26]

                              The Costco price was most likely offered until they ran out of fish.

                              I'll admit that I'm at Costco frequently and read grocery store ads for entertainment so I often see limited time prices or get lucky on some items.

                          2. re: tedfood
                            libstewart Jun 9, 2010 11:41 AM

                            Not so fast tedfood. I saw CR in Costco in Tacoma.

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                              bluedog67 Jun 9, 2010 12:19 PM

                              On Monday i was told by the fishmongers at Wild Salmon that there is a hold on CR for a week or so. We got sockeye from another river (Taka?) that was tasty. These guys usually know what they are talking about. So, you prob won't find fresh copper river this week.

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                                tedfood Jun 9, 2010 02:16 PM

                                So I thought this is a board relating to the Seattle area, not Northwest which would include Tacoma. Thus I am only writing with the Seattle in mind.

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                                  libstewart Jun 10, 2010 11:31 AM

                                  You've got me there - but since I commute daily, I must say that I haven't seen a lot of difference in the offerings in the Costcos in Seattle and T-town.

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                        Tom Hall Jun 27, 2010 09:28 PM

                        So, where is the CR salmon and what are the prices this week? We are here for several days.

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                        1. re: Tom Hall
                          bluedog67 Jun 28, 2010 11:37 AM

                          At Wild Salmon the king was down to $30/lb and the sockeye to $24, i think.

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