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Keeping in mind that I live in the prairies, not the coast, is this a good deal for a Seafood pack?

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Keeping in mind that I live in the prairies, not the coast, is this a good deal for a Seafood pack?

This showed up today inside one of those Valpak coupon envelopes.

They claim it's half price, is it really a good deal or will I get similar or better prices at the grocery store?
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That's pretty bad IMO.

Seafood cakes = made of anything so it's hard to judge a price. They're probably made from cheap fish and filler.
Tilapia = Cheap. Also LOL at "Natural". What else would it be? Artificial?
Rock Crab = Cheaper form of crab. It's expensive but not nearly as bad as a better crab. This is where the money is, but it's not really that much money.
Scallops = East Coast? That doesn't tell me anything. Neither does "pcs" because I could easily give you 100 count scallops.
Shrimp = At least there's (almost) a pound of shrimp here. But without seeing what sizes they are, it's hard to give an accurate price.
Ribs = I make ribs for $2/lb out of pork butts.
Salmon = Portion doesn't tell me anything. Technically 3oz is a portion.

There's nothing on that list that screams $56 to me.
You could easily put together a better value pack (even in the prairies assuming you have a major grocery store near by.
I'm also assuming it's frozen which means that comparable products in a grocery store would be easier to find.
It'd make a difference if it was fresh (and not previously frozen)

You'd also have to have 100% utilization of everything in that pack otherwise you'd just be using it because you have it instead of using it because you want to.
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The fact they can't even spell tilapia should also be a clue - why don't you google tilapia and see what information you get!
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I am already familiar with Tilapia aka The rat of the sea.
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My take,

18 oz/510g fish cake e.g., PC is worth about $10 regular price
16 oz/1 lb tilapia is worth about $3, and is always on sale
16 oz/1 lb rock crab...hard to find unless you have an Asian grocer, but probably an affordable $10
400g shrimp could go for $6-10
frozen salmon portion worth $1.50
say the scallops are 1 lb/454g bay scallops...worth $10

So without the ribs, that list should be easily found for about $40-$45

You're only getting about 4-5 lbs seafood product...I would buy instead:

400g Seaquest (PC brand) Cod or Haddock when it goes on sale for $4.99
454g Highliner Wild Pacific Salmon when it goes on for $5.99
454g nice big scallops will be about $20 regularly, so just watch for a sale around $15
My experience with rock crab is that you have to pick over the meat (cartilage) so I would skip that
340g nice big shrimp at $8-10

...and if you are into breaded seafoods or just want value seafood I would really check out your Giant Tiger. E.g., they often have 255g Aquastar breaded scallops for $5, smoked sockeye salmon 85g for $2, GO shell-on shrimp 340g for $5, and other value seafood. (Actually the smoked sockeye is a bit salty, smoky and tough...I prefer the DOM Atlantic smoked salmon 85g that also goes on for $2 but at No Frills, because it is sweeter and more tender.) Giant Tiger has fish cakes whereas a lot of the mainstream grocers do not.
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Wow, very informative, thank you.
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SirDufus wrote: Wow, very informative, thank you.
Thanks for the puzzle!

I would really check out the Seaquest, because each fillet is individually wrapped and 400g cod/haddock goes as low as $3.99. Because it is a PC brand you will get 1,00 pts /$5 offers on it and the DOM smoked salmon triggered 1,000 pts per $5 frozen seafood as well.

The lesser tropical (basa, tilapia) and cold water (sole, pollock) can go as low as $1.99/lb for name brands. These are all thin fillets compared to the cod/haddock. Cod has big thick flakes perfect for chowder or people who complain that fish isn't meat-like enough, and in my imagination it is sweeter than haddock. Haddock is a bit more delicate, slightly softer and thinner flakes, but pretty darned similar. For cheap whitefish, I like the coldwater sole/pollock again because I imagine it is a bit sweeter and there tends to be a lower chance of off flavours (pond).

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