Neiman Marcus' widely mocked $66 collard greens are now sold out
Neiman Marcus caused an Internet uproar this week when it listed frozen collard greens on its website for $66.
They come in four, separate, 12-ounce portions. That comes to $22 per pound of greens. Is that too much?
Well, if you go to Publix in downtown St. Petersburg right now you can get two bundles of collard greens for $3. That's $1.50 per pound. Publix's collard greens are fresh, though, so maybe the extra $20.50 per pound is all in the preparation. Neiman Marcus collard greens after all come fully cooked with "just the right amount of spices and bacon."
So I checked with Ella's Folk Art Cafe in Tampa. They also use bacon in their collard greens, and sell them as a side, which is about six ounces for $4. That's about $10.56 per pound of bacon-cooked collard greens—a little more than half of what Neiman Marcus is charging.
None of this is counting the $15.50 shipping fee that gets tacked on to Neiman Marcus' $66 greens, bringing them to more than $80.
So yeah, they're selling some very expensive collard greens.
I hope every one of my ancestors haunts the mess out of the person at Neiman Marcus who thought of the #gentrifiedgreens— Ephesia Snow (@UNCLUVA) November 2, 2016
If I wanted to spend $80+ on collard greens and $100+ on baked beans, I'd buy a ticket to North Carolina — NOT buy them at Neiman Marcus. ð pic.twitter.com/vhYAvmYKsl— Brinton Megan Parker (@BrintonMegan) November 1, 2016
I'll just say this ...— Thomas L. Strickland (@ThomasLS) November 1, 2016
If you buy collard greens from Neiman Marcus, you will not get into Heaven.
But who would buy such expensive collard greens? Apparently a lot of people. As of Thursday afternoon, the Neiman Marcus website shows its greens are sold out.
Don't worry. You can still get Neiman Marcus' baked beans for $80 (plus $18 shipping).