used to be much cheaper!
Ugh.I think it's everywhere. It has caused me to not buy several things lately. Or wait and buy a bunch at once, in hopes the total price per pound isn't quite as bad. Amazon isn't always helpful either..... I'm noticing the price of some things are higher there than if I get them at a brick and mortar store. My guess is it helps offset the cost of "free" shipping. Happy to be able to ship at/support brick and mortar places before Amazon, but they don't always have what I am looking for.
Yippee, I’m pretty sure the price jump is mainly due to the fact that UPS has recently started to charge a premium for weights of 50 pounds and over. Some distributors have started to remove some flour from a 50 pound bag to reduce the weight and get a price drop.
But I have to say, $65 for 50 pounds would be a real deal for me. It cost much more to ship weight to south Louisiana.
CM's courier FedEx increased the rate drastically.
P.S. If you ever want to purchase CM's products through one of its distributors, here's the one in LA:
I think this issue is fixed. I went to Central Milling's site and got sticker shock at the shipping quote like you did. I live in a neighboring state to CM. I order 5 lbs of assorted flours at a time,and I do it quarterly to keep it fresh and based on my needs. My last few orders, the FedEx shipping was about $15.00. This time, the site quoted $76.00 which is higher than the product total.
So I called CM. I can understand increased shipping cost, but not 500% so my theory was that something was wrong with the shipping calculator. The nice man at CM said he'd look into it, and I went to the site the following day, same order now $17.00 shipping. Give it a try. Happy baking!
I'm having the same issue. I really wanted to try their flour but I can't pay the same price in shipping as I am for the flour I'm buying...
Shipping bulk, whole wheat berries has always been super expensive no matter where I look, but for 5 - 10 lbs of flour, I can't justify it.
Sometimes Costco has one of their flours available at a very affordable price. Of course since it's Costco, the packages are bigger. Still, lots cheaper than shipping. Also, if you have Prime, check Amazon. I have purchased their wheat berries that way several times. (Not sure if any of their flour is available there or not....)
Yes, Costco frequently carries Central Milling All Purpose, but you must buy 20 pounds, in the form of two (2) 10 Lb bags shrink-wrapped together. I just bought 20 Lb last week for what worked out to $.77/Lb.
Fred Meyer also had King Arthur All Purpose (Red bag) in 5 Lb bags for 2.99, with a MyFreddie loyalty card. That is also an excellent price. I see this King Arthur flour regularly in local markets, but at prices between $5.99 (on sale!) to $7.99.
The point is that it pays to shop around, because you can frequently beat net-with-shipping costs in local outlets.
Best of luckOldWoodenSpoon
I am looking for their organic products. Only have BJ's and Sam's around me. BJ's has KA bread flour but it's not organic. I just used the last bit of what I had remaining today and will be trying to find my new supply of organic flours to supplement my freshly milled flour.