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How can 99 Ranch have lobsters for $6.99/lb????

MSK Jun 3, 2010 08:39 PM

I just don't get it. They are "Main" lobsters after all. And so tasty too!!

I just don't get how they can be so much cheaper than everyone else?

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    CYL Jun 7, 2010 07:23 PM

    Approximately three weeks ago, the Ranch 99 in Montain View had a lobster special at $5.99/lb. They had two big tanks full. The lobsters, averaging 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 lbs each, were lively and swimming about in the tanks.

     
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      LarryW Jun 7, 2010 02:57 PM

      I found lobster tail at Safeway for $6.99/lb. a couple of weeks ago.

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      1. re: LarryW
        wolfe Jun 7, 2010 03:44 PM

        A pound or a tail?

        1. re: wolfe
          ipsedixit Jun 7, 2010 03:53 PM

          "I found lobster tail at Safeway for $6.99/lb. a couple of weeks ago."

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          Unless I am reading something you are not, seems like it is a pound.

          1. re: ipsedixit
            wolfe Jun 7, 2010 04:09 PM

            The last time this price was reported for tails it turned out to be per tail.

            Safeway is currently selling previously frozen lobster tails for $6.99/lb.
            cvhound May 10, 2009 10:43AM
            Uhhhh...hate to tell you this, but its $6.99 EACH (4 oz). Do you really think Safeway would sell anything that cheap?
            OldTimer May 10, 2009 03:59PM
            Additional comment on that thread.
            Wolfe is correct. The ones at Safeway for $6.99/lb are not live. The lobster tails are frozen or previously frozen and thawed.

      2. vincentlo Jun 7, 2010 12:51 AM

        This is like asking how come they can sell sea bass for $11 a pound or so, when it costs so much more at Whole Foods. ;-)

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          intomeat Jun 7, 2010 10:47 AM

          you mean being kosher and organic?

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            LarryW Jun 7, 2010 03:01 PM

            All sea bass is kosher. If it was caught wild, it's also organic. Whole Paycheck just adds a 25% hipster tax.

          2. re: vincentlo
            K K Jun 7, 2010 04:00 PM

            Haha yea....just like how other CHers are reporting that cherries are 79 cents to 99 cents a pound in Chinatown, yet those farmers markets are charging $3.50 a pound to $6 a pound for organic (when it costs $2.50 for U-pick...) Economics, competition, marketing, and promotions can boggle the mind.

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              boris_qd Jun 7, 2010 04:35 PM

              Farmer's markets are slowly degenerating into yuppy feel-good shopping venues. Even the old stalwart Alemany Market. Sigh.

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                Melanie Wong Jun 7, 2010 08:09 PM

                The cherries at that price in Chinatown are ungraded and/or culls. They include doubles, externalized pits and some very small sizes in the mix. But they do taste good if you're not concerned about appearances.

            2. ipsedixit Jun 3, 2010 09:32 PM

              Wholesale lobster prices are near all time lows, something like $2 to $3/pound, which translates to about $6 to $7.50 retail.

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              1. re: ipsedixit
                Scrapironchef Jun 4, 2010 02:22 PM

                Plus the Iceland Volcano limited export sales for awhile.

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                shanghaikid Jun 3, 2010 09:28 PM

                remember, these lobsters are soaking wet! (hint!)

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                  ML8000 Jun 3, 2010 09:24 PM

                  They have at least 20 stores so it must be volume and a lost leader deal to get you in the store. If you buy $20 bucks of other stuff it's probably worth it to them.

                  p.s. I don't think it's that much less then places in Chinatown (SF or Oak) which averages about $1.00 more per/lb.

                  1. MSK Jun 3, 2010 08:40 PM

                    photo

                    sorry tried to flip

                     
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                      jillyju Jun 3, 2010 08:44 PM

                      I can't help thinking that these lobsters were involved in some sort of illegal activity. An episode of "The Secret Lives of Lobsters" revealed that wayward lobsters, who refused to share their toys with others, were rejected by the rest of the lobsters and sent to Ranch 99 to be humiliated by getting sold at a discount.

                      Okay, maybe not that, but Ranch 99 has lobsters at that price many times during the year.

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