Lobster Now Costs The Same as Ground Beef at Market Basket

Grocery Hunt for the week of Aug. 7


Lobster has long been known for being a prestigious and expensive item at local grocery stores, but due to a glut of lobsters from Maine, prices continue to drop dramatically .

On that note, we wanted to revisit our grocery hunt as well as and see if the lobster prices have actually fallen below what you'll find for hamburger meat.

Believe it or not, the prices everywhere we saw were fairly close between high end ground beef and lobsters, and if you look at pre-made 93% Angus patties at Market Basket, they're actually more expensive than lobsters now (pictured). 

Here are the results of what we found on Aug. 2. Prices may change without notice, and they may include additional taxes or fees not indicated on labeling.

Store Address Lobster Ground Beef Shaw's 760A Boston Rd., Groton $7.99 lb. under 1.25 lbs., $9.99  lb. over 1.5 lbs. $2 off with card 96% lean, 4.09 lb. Donelan's 236 Great Rd.,  Littleton $7.49 lb. 95% lean, $5.79 lb. 160 Littleton Rd., Westford $3.99 lb. 93% lean, $3.99 lb. 288 Chelmsford St., Chelmsford $3.99 lb. 93% lean, $3.99 lb. 299 Chelmsford St.,  Chelmsford $5.99 lb. under 1.25 lbs., $6.99 lb. over 1.5 lbs. 93%, 4.49 lb. 66 Drum Hill Rd., Chelmsford $4.49 lb., under 1.25 lbs., $6.99 lb. over 1.5 lbs. 90%, 4.09 lb.
Kendra Kilsdonk August 07, 2012 at 09:54 AM
Yeah, so why did Fishbones in Chelmsford still want $24 for a 1.25 lb boiled lobster? And, no, I did not order one ;).
Sue D'Amore August 07, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Head over to MB it's $3.99/lb and they cook it for you ;-)
Andrew Sylvia August 07, 2012 at 12:00 PM
You'll have to ask Fishbones on that one! But at the stores, if you look at just the meat itself in the little packages or salads or whatever and not the live lobsters, it's generally several times more expensive, even now.
Jane H. August 16, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Well, it's not apples to apples. A one-pound lobster does not yield a pound of meat, while a one pound package of ground beef does. Just sayin'... :D


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