I think the recent high prices are caused by: 1. The holidays and use of wings for party snacks. 2. Football season snacks. Typical demand price gauging. But hopefully just a seasonal bump in prices. i refuse to buy them when they are this high but wait for sales and freeze them after a trim and wash. My wife and I like them with a crunchy coating from the deep fryer along with a mess homemade onion rings or fries and baked beans.