Prices at my local Giant:
Good thing I stopped by the Ethnic Foods: Italian section and found the Cento bay leaves before I paid for the McCormick ones I already had in my cart. I imagine Giant only sells McCormick bay leaves to (a) a few brand-name snobs, and (b) many who haven't noticed the gigantic (pun semi-intended) difference in price. I wonder whether they make more money on the higher-priced brand than they lose on disgruntled customers who find out the difference too late and decide to shop elsewhere.
I was buying the leaves to illustrate for my students what a laurel crown would be made of, and how it would smell, and to show what kind of tree Daphne turned into. The fact that laurels are evergreens, despite having leaves rather than needles, is easy to prove: the leaves are fairly green even in a sealed jar.
P.S. Should I calculate the prices in Euros / kilo for my foreign readers?
Update: (11/23, 12:38 PM)
I just did the calculations, and McCormick Gourmet Collection bay leaves are considerably cheaper than gold, but around 6 1/2 times more expensive than solid silver ($5.30 / ounce or $84.80 / pound on Friday's commodity markets).Posted by Dr. Weevil at November 17, 2003 07:53 AM