I had been buying 12 sesame bagels, pre-sliced and frozen from Metcalfe's for $4.18. I assumed that I could pick up the same amount, for less, each week when we stop at Bagels Forever Sundays after services at First Unitarian Society.
So, when I arrived this past Sunday I was shocked to see that the a bagel factory would charge me $4.80, plus 50 cents to cut them! There goes my theory of the middleman adding on to cost. Does the store charge a premium for freshness? If so, that doesn't help me because these are the bagels I use to make my husband's egg and cheese breakfast bagels, which I freeze.
Now I know the cost difference, a mere $1.12 ($5.30 minus $4.19) is not huge, but it is the principal. The moral of this story, don't assume the middleman increases cost -- always run the numbers and see if you are saving.