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A pet store in Perth, Western Australia on 7th July 2014, had mealworms (selling for pet food) at:
AUD 4.50 for 20g
AUD 7.40 for 50g
AUD 12.50 for 100g
AUD 21.00 for 200g.
They also have boxes of crickets (all AUD 7.95):
120 "tiny" (~0.5cm)
75 "small" (~1cm)
50 "medium" (~1.5cm?)
30 "large" (~2cm)
*sizes estimated by salesperson over the phone - I'd take them as a rough guide.
@calytrix that's incredibly expensive, but a good indicator of the short term potential for folks starting up rearing crickets to make a little back selling their bugs as feeders
Yes, @andrew, mealworms at AUD105/kilo and up!!! (Goodness only knows how much the cricket price per kilo would work out to... didn't look like many in the boxes!)
...and yes, again, I'm beginning to think it might be a very good home business prospect!
If you want to compare retail prices of food-grade commercially marketed insects, I've constructed a growing listing and review: http://bugvivant.com/where-to-buy-edible-insects/
Whole insects reviews will be added within the next few months. If you've tried any of these products please let us know what you thought. All products listed here can and need to be reviewed to help grow this movement and community.
I am very late to the conversation and long time bug farmer, but brand new to Open Bug Farm forum and the idea of edible bugs.
I wanted to add, as a new edible bug consumer, I actually expect to pay more than the prices for pet feeder insects. This is because I want the quality to be MUCH higher than pet feeder insects.
Also, someone above mentioned that consumers will want to compare prices to beef, pork and chicken. Again, as a new consumer, it seems more like comparing oranges to walnuts. I really don't even compare standard meats when considering the price 1) because it is sooooooo different and 2) because it requires such different quantities or ways to use it.
So, from a completely amateur opinion, I really think edible insects should be more expensive than animal feed insects and I already am happily paying $40-50 lb for cricket flour.
prices in Taiwan for reference. from pet shops.
crickets $1nt each about $0.03 USD Acheta and Gryllus species, usually same price
mealworms/super mealworms $25nt/liang (37.5 grams) = $667nt/kg about $21/kg USD
feeder frogs, shrimp, eel and fish are also common but not sure on price.