Prisoners can buy the honey buns in the commissary for approximately $1.25 each... but they're worth so much more. Here are some anecdotes from the US jail system about honey buns wreaking havoc on the HAVOC. (The HAve Ounce Caused by Contraband Activities)
In 2001, officials at the Duval County Jail in Jacksonville, Florida, discovered that one of their inmates had been selling up to six hundred honey buns a day from the prison commissary. The prisoner was making a whopping $150,000 a year!
In 2009, it was reported that a Texas man named David Paul Beyer was selling up to twenty honey buns a day from the prison commissary. The bakery products were going for as high as $20 a pop in the general population wing of the Robertson Unit in Huntsville where he was incarcerated. Mr. Beyer was making over $400,000 a year trading in contraband goods.
In 2010, it was reported that two California men were selling more than a thousand honey buns every month from their cells. One man was making over $80,000 a year trading in contraband items, while the other man was earning more than $120,000 a year selling cigarettes using his cellmate's identity.
Overall, the bees appear to be in good condition. Honey prices have been consistent at $5.00 to $6.00 per pound wholesale and $8.00 to $10.00 per pound retail. There has been no apparent change in the quality of the product being produced by our local beekeepers.
The average cost of producing 1 lb of honey is 3 cents. That means a pound of honey costs $3.00 as far as price is concerned.
Honey prices are based on supply and demand. If demand decreases then prices will follow. Right now there appears to be a shortage of honey due to increased production. This means that it can be difficult to find honey for sale anywhere in most parts of the country.
Honey sells for between $5.00 and $10.00 per pound. The higher price is for super honey which is pure sugar with little to no pollen in it. The lower price is for raw honey which has lots of pollen bits and pieces in it. Both types of honey are legal to sell under federal law but only cold-pressed honey is actually preferred by consumers. Pressed honey is more fluid and tends to be less crystallized than raw honey. It's considered an alternative sweetener because it has different health benefits than regular honey.
What is the cost of renting a honey bucket? It will cost you money. $650. That is the current price of a one-week rental of a portable toilet from Honey Bucket, a 364 percent increase over the standard $140 price tag. The company's website states that the minimum age to rent a honey bucket is 21, but it is not clear whether there is a charge for children under 18.
The price includes installation and removal of the bucket. Rental rates vary by location and can range from $10 per day to $150 per week. In most cases, the lower rate is for two or more days use while the higher rate is for seven days or longer. Installation costs range from $60 to $100 and must be paid in advance; the company will email you with detailed instructions about how to do this. There is also a $5 daily penalty for early departure.
In addition to the cost of the bucket itself, which typically ranges from $20,000 to $50,000, you will need to pay for labor to install the unit and remove it when its purpose has been served. Honey Bucket provides an estimate for labor costs before you book your rental. This should include work on both flat surfaces (as well as any uneven terrain) inside and outside the bucket. Be sure to ask what type of liners are used so you don't get charged for removing soil that contains fruit trees or other plants.