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skydog2469 Jun 25, 2013 04:43 AM

best deal bushel of live crabs

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    Philly Ray Jun 25, 2013 05:45 AM

    Go to the wholesale location of Ippolito's (Samuels and Son) on 3400 S. Lawrence St. But I can tell you from personal experience that prices can vary by the hour. We went on a Saturday morning and were quoted one price. When we returned later in the afternoon to pick the bushel up, the price came down. Supply and demand in action.

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      scooby6469 Jul 2, 2013 01:08 PM

      Does Sameuls and Son sell to retail customers? I thought they only sold to retailers.

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        Bigley9 Jul 2, 2013 01:36 PM

        They will sell directly to the public

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          cwdonald Jul 2, 2013 01:41 PM

          Do you need to order ahead of time or will they only sell to you as a walk up customer?

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            Philly Ray Jul 2, 2013 03:22 PM

            I just walk right in.

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      Boognish Jun 29, 2013 11:36 AM

      I'm going to bump this because blue crabs are my favorite food in the world. We go to Jay's Crabs in Lansdowne (Baltimore Ave) for jumbo's. Usually around $45/dozen or so. I've only had them once this year, but I have a serious hankering.

      What does a bushel generally run for?

      Ray, I've heard you can buy all kinds of things at Samuels & Son, but I've never been (despite driving around there weekly). Can you buy most of the things off their website there (I'd assume un-prepped, which is fine)? Their website is drool-worthy, and I'm considering having a house-warming party later this year. Will need some oysters!

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        Philly Ray Jun 29, 2013 11:59 AM

        We have bought bushels there for anything from $50 up to $100, it really depends on what they have available.

        I haven't really bought anything else there, but they usually have a lot of different stuff on ice. If you are looking for something specific, you might want to call ahead or stop by a day or two before to check.

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          Boognish Jun 29, 2013 01:31 PM

          excellent! Thanks!

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            Bigley9 Jul 1, 2013 10:56 AM

            you can also get anything Samuels and son has at Ippolitos, you can usually call in the morning and get it in the afternoon (they get 2 deliveries most days)

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              Philly Ray Jul 1, 2013 11:59 AM

              But what price are they charging if you get it at Ippolito's? When I have purchased bushels at Samuels, the price has been lower than the price at Ippolito's.

              1. re: Philly Ray
                Bigley9 Jul 2, 2013 01:37 PM

                I do think they charge a little more - but sometimes it is worth the convenience (not necessarily for crabs, but for other specialty items. )

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