I don't think I would pay that!

United States
October 10, 2012 9:08am CST
I just saw a How It's Made video online about turkeys. One segment was a turkey farm of this woman named Mary. She raises her turkeys on a free range and they are fed a vegetarian diet. They are very expensive to buy in the stores. The video said that Mary gets $8 a pound for her turkeys. So a 20 pound turkey would cost $160 dollars. They said her customers don't mind paying the price for her turkeys because they know where they came from and how they were raised. I could never pay $8 a pound for a turkey. What are your thoughts on this. Please state if that price is a reasonable price to you, and please state why you think it is reasonable or not.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I will buy organic turkey when I can afford it but $8 a pound is too much. Also, a vegetarian diet is not natural for turkeys so the meat probably wouldn't be all that healthy. Turkey or any meat that is raised organically is much, much better for anyone. Because the food we eat doesn't affect our stomachs or cause immediate reactions doesn't mean that it's safe to eat. Hormones, antibiotics and GMO feed all affect the animal and the ones who eat it.
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• United States
10 Oct 12
I know you are right on this but I can't afford to buy everything organic. I wonder sometimes if the food we eat predisposes us to cancer.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I think that it does - cancer and a lot of other things. I can't afford to buy everything organic, either, but I do what I can. I think that every little bit makes a difference in our overall health.
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@peavey (16866)
• United States
11 Oct 12
I'm sorry to hear about your friend. There are a lot of carcinogens in our diets. Adding smoking to it didn't help, I'm sure, but what we eat really is what we are. I hope you can find some affordable organics. They say to start with meat and dairy if you possibly can, because the hormones and antibiotics are more concentrated in nonorganic versions, but using organic anything has to help.
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@much2say (40178)
• United States
10 Oct 12
Wow - that's a lot!! One could spend that much for a whole Thanksgiving feast for that! Nope, I couldn't pay that much for a turkey . . . I cringe at steak costs as it is. I can understand why people (who are able to afford it) would get such a turkey . . . but geez, I hope these same people who have this kind of money are doing something for their community . . . that $ could feed a lot of homeless people!
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• United States
10 Oct 12
I know what you mean. There are do many families that won't have a meal at Thanksgiving. One year many of us women at our church sponsored a family to make and deliver a Thanksgiving dinner. It was something we felt good about. I can't do that now. However I do buy stuff at Publix and have it out in the food for the needy. I know we can't expect wealthy people to take care of the needy but it is great when they care enough to do so.
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@much2say (40178)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Places like the mall and YMCA are having their Thanksgiving drives . . . asking for canned goods or cash donations. Can you imagine how much $160 can buy/feed (how many "regular" turkeys that would be). Even half that amount! That's wonderful how you sponsored a family like that - it must have felt really good to do that.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
Thanks. It was very enriching to my spirit to do that. There is great satisfaction and pleasure in helping people who are struggling and not expecting anything in return. To me it is like doing what God would want me to do. I wish I could still do that. I used to be able to give up to $300 to a family that was struggling with their 4 kids. I can't do that anymore. You'd think that I would be worrying about giving almost my last dollar, but I didn't. God alwYs seemed to give me enough that I could share. I can't do that now. When I was working it was much easier for me.
• United States
10 Oct 12
I'm not sure how much turkeys cost or how much they cost per pound, but 8 seems like a lot of money just for one pound. Yes, it is nice knowing your meat doesn't have hormones in it and other the other garbage, but jeeze, that's a lot of money for a meal. I probably couldn't bring myself to ever buy a turkey like that. I'm the type of person that when something tastes good, I'd rather not question how it's made or where it comes from. Once I find that out, the food becomes gross to me because of the terrible way things are made.
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• United States
10 Oct 12
I have spent $21 hfor a good sized turkey. I could never pay $8 a pound.
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• United States
10 Oct 12
Oh wow, if that's how much regular turkeys cost then $8 a pound is out of the question. That's just crazy.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
Yes it is crazy. I'm not getting a turkey this year. SIL wants me to cook a ham for Christmas. We are going to relatives for thanksgiving. They will probably have turkey.
@GardenGerty (102527)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I do not even pay that much for steaks, let alone turkey. I buy turkey because it is high in nutrition, but low in cost. We eat it several times a year.
• United States
10 Oct 12
Hi GG. I am with you. I only buy turkey for holidays. I can't afford a humongous price. I would buy it more often but my SIL doesn't like turkey or chicken anymore.
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@GardenGerty (102527)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I use ground turkey some, and can get it really economically. It is hard for you to eat healthy and cheap with such a picky eater around.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
I know what you mean. I have a picky eater in my family too. We used to buy turkey burgers already made and flash frozen at Walmart. We kind of list our taste for them. My SIL likes beef. I love regular hamburgers too. I can tolerate them now without getting sick. I guess my body is adjusting now to not having a gallbladder.
@echoforever (5192)
• United States
10 Oct 12
The only way I would do this is if I had the money to which likely I would not, and also only if this person was a good friend of mine and I thought they needed it. Otherwise I can not see paying this much for a turkey, at all. I do not really like turkey except on thanksgiving is the only time we make it. I don't set out to make it otherwise because it is pretty bland. Maybe if we knew how to make it more interesting then I would want to make it more often. My sister in law makes some really great soups though from turkey or any left over meats really. I should ask her how to make those because we usually are left with a large amount of turkey, never know what we will do with it after so many days. We throw out a lot of it from being so tired of eating it.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
Yes, turkey is kind of bland but I love it. I make stuffing and love it with cranberry sauce. I love making sandwiches of turkey and stuffing. Those prices of hers are outrageous.
@celticeagle (119857)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Oct 12
That is just rediculous. If people have this amount of money to pay for free range turkeys then let them! This is my biggest argument about health food. They are too expensive. Just like I wonder how people can afford enough vegetables and fruits to have the 3-5 servings each day. I sure can't.
• United States
13 Oct 12
I know. It is rediculous. I buy a lot of fruit. Usually apples and oranges. I have one orange left and about 10 or 12 apples left. I have no money to buy any more until I get my next SS payment.
@911Ricki (13602)
• Canada
10 Oct 12
With all the issues I have had and cpntiue to have I could see myself payig this. I usually get this chicken, and turkey in the grocery store. I'm not sure the weight (it's not 20lbs). 1 - 3 pounds is about $16 - $20 here which is what I pay anyways. But usually this is the only meat that agrees with me, but I dont buy it often or on sale so it's cheapier. The other meats usually have additives and hormones. When I stopped eatting the regular meats I noticed a big difference in myself, and my body.
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• United States
10 Oct 12
I can see your point for your health issues. I don't have health issues where I could justify paying that much. I like chicken too but don't buy it much because the family won't eat it. I should just buy it for me, but I buy dollar meals I can nuke. We don't eat together anyway and I'm rarely asked to cook a meal.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
10 Oct 12
My mother always get grain fed turkeys and chickens but I can't afford them.
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• United States
11 Oct 12
I can't afford them either. I asked S tonight if he wanted turkey for Christmas and he said no. He asked that I cook a ham. I glad of that since we will have turkey for Thanksgiving next month.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Our family always has ham for Christmas too. We eat so many turkey leftovers after Thanksgiving that we get sick of them and Christmas is just right there afterwards. Just too close together, I guess.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
11 Oct 12
well at least we have a two month break between thanksgiving and christmas
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• United States
11 Oct 12
I do not think I would pay that much for a turkey. there would not be any money left for nothing else..I think you may have to be rich really rich to do that..rich or poor that is too much..heck I think 20 dollars for a turkey is too high. it is all bones now days. bought a large tukey once and by the time it was cooked It varely was enough to use ..It was more bone than meat..heck it may be cheaper to buy from the deli but not as good..heck sometimes I wonder about all meat is it worth it? times are hard and changeing fast..
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• United States
13 Oct 12
You are right. Times are hard and no one who lives week to week could afford those prices. Lots of people are just one paycheck from being homeless. I'm proud for Mary that she can get that price for her turkeys, but I'll never be a customer.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Hi PQ, Well, I'm sure it is a lot of work caring for the turkeys and costly to feed them. I'm sure that she earns that 8.00 per pound but honestly....I could never ever afford such a price. When I was a kid, I knew a family who had a turkey farm and their turkeys were only slightly higher than the grocery store ones. They had so so many turkeys and people did come from all around to buy them. I remember that they gave tours of the farm to kids and explained all sorts of things about turkeys and raising them. The woman also held a 4-h class in which she taught different ways to cook turkey and different crafts to do with the feathers. I can't imagine it being cost effective for this woman to raise too many turkeys thinking to sell them at the price she is asking. I would think she'd have to get orders well in advance and only raise a few more than the amount of orders. Turkeys are for the most part a seasonal item.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
I saw her farm on the video. She has lots and lots of them. I can't imagine anyone buying them at that price but she has a lot of repeat customers. They must be very well to do in order to afford that inflated price. You were very fortunate to have that experience to visit a turkey farm. I have never done so. There are chicken farms all around in Georgia. There is one that has two barns just down the road from where I lived in Homer Georgia.
@Hatley (164485)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Oct 12
hi PointlessQuestions no thats what my dad would have called highway robbery. I sure would not pay that much per pound thats ridiculous. fine for wealthy people but not for the ordinary working person,we had friends back in S D. that raised free range turkeys and they sold them for a dollar a pound which even then was great.also she really made money as all the town people drove out to her farm to bu y their Thanksgiving turkeys plus sweet potatoes and yams too and pumpkins.those were great times but then every thing was so much cheaper.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
I'm with you and your dad. It is highway robbery. She does good, meaning she has lots of repeat customers. I think she would do even better if she sold them 2 for 1. Grocery stores sell lots of stuff on 2 for 1 sales. I bet she could make a killing that way.
@flowerchilde (12547)
• United States
10 Oct 12
I would not pay that either! Simply because I could not afford to!! That would be almost two weeks worth of grocery money for my family!
• United States
10 Oct 12
Tell me about it! I could buy a week of groceries for my family for that. I have to stretch my food dollars.
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@natliegleb (5184)
• India
10 Oct 12
ya for sure you should not pay that since its quite expensive ideally
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• United States
10 Oct 12
Exactly! It may be affordable for some folks but not for me.
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• Bangladesh
10 Oct 12
Looks like the customers know the reasonability of the price of turkeys though I dont know anything of them.
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• United States
10 Oct 12
I buy them for holidays but I would never pay that much. That is way beyond reasonable for most people who have to watch every penny.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Oct 12
That would be too high a price to pay for me. Better that I go and shoot a wild turkey out in the wilderness. By the way, do wild turkeys eat just the seeds and grass off the ground or do they also eat bugs and things. If they do, it is all right to get turkeys that have meat in their diet. But really you must not feed a turkey anything that is unnatural. So if a turkey is a herbivore, that is what they have to feed even on a turkey farm or barn. As for the price, it is a bit too high and if Mary increased her production, the price should decrease and if others raised their turkeys wild, the price would go down. Right now it is sort of like a rich person's enjoyment in the eating that is.
• United States
13 Oct 12
I agree. It seems that only the affluent can afford to buy from her. She has a large client base. They must all be rich. I mentioned to someone else that she could make more if she increased production and had a two for one sale. That would actually lower the price to $4 a pound on the two turkeys. She would get lots more customers that way.
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
13 Oct 12
I figure it is the same with organic food. They used to be so expensive that even middle working class people like me could not afford them and we had to wash all the chemicals out of the veggies we bought. But then more and more farmers darted to grow organic, the price went down. She could do the same way with her turkeys, get a few more, and she would get more customers, prices would come down until the ordinary people could afford them at least once a year.
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• United States
14 Oct 12
Yep. I agree. She could get more turkeys and lower her prices and be more competitive.
@Canellita (12058)
• United States
13 Oct 12
Well, when it comes to turkey, the most I ever eat is one sliver at Thanksgiving or Christmas, so I wouldn't do that. But, there are other things that I pay a little more for because I believe it's worth it. $160 seems like too much though for one turkey.
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• United States
14 Oct 12
Those turkeys would have to lay golden eggs for me to invest $160 for. It's just ridiculous. I think organic is good but this is orice gouging.
@FrugalMommy (1447)
• United States
12 Oct 12
Gee... for that price, I think I'd rather just buy the turkey and raise it myself. Same end result, and cheaper! Except we'd probably end up with a pet turkey instead of a turkey dinner... your new avatar, by the way!
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• United States
13 Oct 12
Thanks. I had lost a little over 30 pounds since my last picture was taken. I'll have another pic taken in 3 months to see how I am shaping up. Yeah, if I raised a turkey I wouldn't be able to kill it to eat it.
• United States
11 Oct 12
That is above and beyond doubling the store prices. I would never pay that much for a turkey. I would find something else to make for that holiday dinner and say goodbye turkey.
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• United States
11 Oct 12
Exactly. I wouldn't pay that either, but she is in business so she has a client base that will pay the price. Not me though. I'm buying a ham for Christmas dinner.
@shaggin (37745)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Well thats wonderful she raises them free range and feeds them so well but I could never afford to pay the prices she charges. I dont really understand why she charges so much. I guess if thats what she can get for them then good for her but there really is no reason she needs to charge so much. She probably would actually do better lowering the price she would sell more.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
That's what I was thinking too. She could corner the market if she lowered her prices to be more competitive. I know there is lots of cost in having a turkey farm. Labor cost of the farm hands and stuff and the organic feed. Still, I'm with you. She shouldn't charge an enormous price like that. Only the affluent people could afford that. I think she might do better having a 2 for one sale. That would equal $4 a pound if you split the cost between two turkeys. She would probably rake in much more money.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
11 Oct 12
I can't afford that, but I know some people who could. I don't think it's unreasonable if it is important to a person to know the turkey was raised and what it ate. I just think she doesn't have a very large market.
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• United States
13 Oct 12
She apparently does. Her turkeys are in some markets and I think she also has an online market where the turkeys are frozen and sent through the mail or some other type of delivery. I haven't emailed her about that but I think I remember the video mention an email address and website.