Wednesday, May 05, 2010

At What Point Is It Too Much?

I love Pappy Kershenstine's jerky. I've loved the jerky since I was a teen, many years ago. It was always my "must get" item when I went to stores that sold the stuff. But in the last few months this trend has stopped. Why? Because of the price increase. Kershenstine used to sell their jerky for anywhere between $2.39 to $2.99 for 1.2 ounces. Now the price has jumped to anywhere between $4.25 to over $5.00 for the same 1.2 ounces! That breaks down to at least $56 a pound if not more! Now, I pick up a bag much less frequently. Are they out pricing themselves? I think so. No matter how much I love their jerky, I've been thinking twice about picking up a bag and spending close to $5 for 1.2 ounces. What is everyone's opinion about this?

12 comments:

Steve said...

$4.25 for a 1.2oz package might seem high, but that's just a fact when you buy jerky in such a small package size. I'll bet if you could buy their jerky in a 1 pound package, the price per ounce would be much lower.

Nonetheless, you're right that's still a high price for jerky, anyways.

Timothy said...

This is Tim Kershenstine and Pappy Kershenstine's Beef Jerky is our family business. I wanted to respond to your concern with the increase in prices and let you know that we are a small family business that has been in operation for nearly 30 years. Our prices are high one, for quality, and two, because we pay more than the big guys for meant due to being a smaller operation. We strive to continue delivering the best quality and tasting beef jerky on the market. We use pure cuts of beef rounds sliced and cooked in house. You won't find any mystery fillers like in many big brand beef jerky. We very much appreciate our loyal customers and hope to continue serving you all for a long time. Also we will be introducing bigger sized bags in the near future to provide more for your buck. Check us out on our new facebook page and our website pappysjerky.com. Thank you.

hidders said...

I live in West Michigan, not more than 30 miles North of Grand Rapids. Currently the price of 1.2 oz of Pappy's is still $2.29. They used to sell smaller bags that sold at $1.99 but I haven't seen them around in over a year. I only know of 3 stores that carry the brand between here and 60 miles North, all of which are Wesco gas stations. When I get the craving I usually just buy the local Wesco out of their on-hand stock since they run out pretty fast and it takes a while for the next shipment. Lately though Pappy's jerky has been rather hit-or-miss in flavor. Usually it's either too fatty and greasy or way to peppered. Every once in a while you'll find it: a nice salty piece that is lightly peppered. It been like that for a few years now.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to buy in a larger package but it doesn't exist. Tired of being screwed on the price when there are other brands that are better and priced better

Emile said...

Yeah I think its outrageously priced, but i still bought out the Mardi Gras Zone market in new orleans when they carried it. Closest thing i can get to robertsons!! love this style jerky.

Anonymous said...

What stores in new Orleans sells your jerky?

Brett McSpadden said...

Actually, one of you is wrong. There is no second to pappy's steak in a bag if you set the cost aside. Unfortunately, due to the rarity of the product and the smaller batches it is made in, they do have a slightly higher cost to retilers than an average bag of their bigger comercial competitors who go as far as rasing their own cows they produce so much. However, the Kershenstein company cannot controll what other retailers sell it for. The further from the south the more expensive it can become. If a retailer can only get so many bags sold to him and he sells out faster than he can re supply himself he will hike the price up to balance his equasion. Getting back to the taste and quality Beef Jerky is supposed to be tough and full of complex salt, pepper, and beef flavors. I think of myself as a beef jerky connoisseur and have tried 100's of brands all over the country. I find the best ones to be the no name brands if you can find any when there is no pappy's around. If your looking for cheap, try the slim jim brand in the green bag. Its the only commercial stuff ill touch. I might stretch to give them about a 7-8 out of 10.. Pappy's? 12 out of ten.. and other commercial brands (like Jack links and their immediate competition) about a 2-4 out of 10. They tend to have a kippered texture when its not suppose to. Also, TRY TO ORDER FROM PAPPYS WEBSITE. I have been buying a 32 count 3oz bag special, they call the survival pack I beleive, from their site and I also believe It comes out to roughly $2 an ounce. At two dollars an ounce I feel like I am robbing Mr. Tim at gunpoint because to me it is as fine as a treat can get. Also, the 32 bags tend to last a long time. Here's a link
http://www.shop.pappyssteakinabag.com/

Anonymous said...

I live in west Mi as well and Wesco and Seaway Party Store are the only places around that sell it!! the higher price is worth paying for!! Its the closest I have found that even remotely resembles the delicious jerky my Dad used to buy

Anonymous said...

beef jerky is bad. period.
vegetarian jerky is good.
all hail tofu!

Anonymous said...

You are an idiot. Tofu obviously kills brain cell

Anonymous said...

Just one brain cell? I think this is getting off topic.

chris Smierciak said...

i make jerky and sell it its very good, my cost to make a pound is 13.00. i sell it for 15 a half pound and 28 a pound..


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