Originally Posted by zanemoseley
I realize that they're going to be higher than wholesale but take this into account.
A retailer should be able to get base malt for $35 or so for 50lb if they get a decent sized shipment. Say they sell it for $1.10 a lb for a 57% markup.
I also averaged the hopsdirect.com prices for pellet hops which is about $14.00 including 25% shipping. So that's a $.87 per oz average. Which means that your typical store or online site that sells them for $2.99 an oz is marking them up 243%. Like I said its seems a bit excessive.
You do not know the situation. You are incorrect. You can buy hops for significantly less than the stores paid for the hops they have now.
Most stores are way overstocked on hops that were purchased when the hops were a lot more expensive. No one is gouging, trust me.
Buy your hops where you get the best price. Refrain from speculation on what any store paid for anything.
Most stores also signed contracts for hops for years to come at those higher prices. You just don't know the situation.
I currently have 5,500 pounds of hops I paid too much for.
The prices you want to see at homebrew stores right now would be below their cost.