Update: The pricing on this page was last updated on 12/8/2020
If you’ve never had lobster delivered to your door, you might not be aware of the associated costs. Below, you’ll find a price grid for some of the lobster companies we know and trust. We’ve calculated several aspects of their pricing, including per-pound costs, the price for 4 lobsters, and shipping and handling fees.
|Company||Min. Order||Price/lb*||Price/4 Lobsters**||Shipping||Go To|
|Company||Min. Order||Price/Lobster*||Price/4 Lobsters**||Shipping||Go To|
|The Crab Place||2||$47.71||$264.43||$86.95|
|Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound||2||$46.88||$187.50||FREE|
|Winter Harbor Lobster Co-op||2||$67.50||$269.98||FREE|
Sometimes, a company’s per-pound rates are on par with those in the grocery store. Other times, per-pound prices may be significantly more than what you find in the seafood section. This guide will break down exactly where those added costs come from, allowing you to get a good deal on lobster delivered to your door.
Cost Breakdown for Lobster Delivered To Your Door
Even in the grid above, you might notice a big difference in price for each lobster company. In reality, the difference in cost between providers is only a few dollars. The reason? The way shipping is calculated and represented.
In general, companies that advertise free shipping have already rolled that cost into the per-pound price of a lobster. As you can see in the grid, the companies with free shipping have more expensive lobster. This isn’t because the lobster is necessarily better than the others – it just means that they’re covering the cost of shipping in a different way. Some customers like this because it allows them to better understand the full price of their order before checking out. Others don’t like this, as it can be harder to know exactly how much the lobster cost.
We’ve made the calculus simple for you. If you look in the “price for 4 lobsters” column, you’ll notice that most of these costs are around the same. This is because we’ve rolled the estimated cost of shipping into the final price. While it may cost more or less to have lobster delivered to your door, this column is a better way to compare prices between companies. You won’t be distracted by a low per-pound price or free shipping.
What You’re Paying For
When you order lobster delivered to your door, you’re paying more than a shipping and handling premium. Seafood enthusiasts agree that ordering seafood online is the easiest way to enjoy some of the best seafood around. When you buy online and have lobster delivered to your door, you’re investing in the knowledge of how that lobster was sourced. Where did it come from? How long has it been in captivity? How was it caught? When you buy lobster from a grocery store, these answers become harder to answer. In some cases, lobsters can be in captivity for months before getting purchased by a shopper. This can impact the meat’s taste, texture, and overall quality.
If you’re satisfied with store-bought live lobster, that’s not a problem. Just know that this type of transparency is only available when customers buy directly from a seafood company. It might be pricier, but we promise you’ll have a better overall experience.
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