Chilmark Chocolates now going for $99 a pound

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An eBay listing for Chilmark Chocolates set at $99.99. The listing has since been taken down.

A resourceful seller capitalized on the recent closure of Chilmark Chocolates, posting two boxes of the Island candy on eBay this month with a Buy It Now price of $99.99 each, plus $12.95 in shipping. The items have since been taken down.

According to the seller, the two 1 lb. boxes were “fresh” and were purchased on Dec. 17. Inside both were an assortment of Chilmark Chocolates, some containing fruit and nuts. If purchased the box would have been shipped in a Ziploc bag for “added freshness,” according to the seller.

“The reasons I have for selling these precious boxes is three-fold. One reason, this is possibly a last chance opportunity for an out-of-town ‘Chilmark Chocolates admirer’ to get a final taste of the deliciousness since they are now closed; I could actually use the money at this time,” the post says, adding that a portion of the proceeds would have gone to Sandy Paws Animal Rescue.

While the items have been taken down, the post can still be viewed here.

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  1. I was wondering who the first person would be to want to make a profit off the loss of something enjoyed & now treasured by so many locals & visitors. Shame on you!

    • LOL its an island “named” after a Brits daughter it obviously became a tourists island. Profit off the Cliffs profit off the Ocean Profit off a back door donut. Its called free market capital gains. Shame ran deep long ago. Some go and fudge it up! Peace and Grub

  2. The seller claims they’re trying to do something positive and help others.
    If that’s the case,why aren’t they donating all the profits instead of a percentage?

  3. Why should anyone be ashamed to profit off these Chilmark Chocolates?
    Every single day those of us who serve our visitors coming to a place “enjoyed & now treasured by so many locals & visitors”, are doing the exact same thing! “Shame on you” for this hypocrisy.
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      • aquinnah. how is it taking advantage of a store closing down. The store closed voluntarily after many years. They did not try to sell it to anyone to keep it going for the benefit of the employees and the consumers. The guy buys some chocolates and tries to to make a profit. The owners did not want it to remain open or to have anyone else keep it open.

        • Incorrect, Andrew, the idea of the store continues with a new chocolate making business. The owning sisters of Salt Rock Chocolate, Chilmark, opening for business this year (2020) online and possibly at farmers markets and pop-ups, mentored with Chilmark Chocolates where they learned recipes and the “values of business ethics, quality products, and giving back to the community”.

          “Using the technique that was perfected over many years by our experienced mentors at Chilmark Chocolates, our process for making each piece involves tempering the solid chocolate, dipping or mixing ingredients, and cooling for the precise amount of time before we move it to the shelf for sale. This process of hand-making each individual chocolate allows the consumer to fully enjoy the fresh and luxurious taste, texture, and smell of each piece.”

          They hope to open a store front, too, when they can find the real estate. Don’t ever confuse the greed you and others see nothing wrong with, with the amazing legacy and good works of Chilmark Chocolates.

  4. James,the big issue for me is the claim by the seller of trying to help someone else enjoy the chocolates and throwing in that a percentage of the profits towards animal rescue.
    They do say that they need the money,so just be honest and say that.
    Don’t try and sugar coat it with claims of trying to do something positive.

    • feilding– do you think Ben And Jerry’s s ice cream is doing something wrong when they donate 1 % of profits to world peace.. ? As you point out, this person is selling chocolate for a profit. , and they say that– that is the bedrock of capitalism. Can they not claim they are donating some undisclosed percentage to a charity ?
      I don’t see what the problem is.

  5. When something stops being produced but there still is a demand the cost should stay the same?
    With that logic how do we have priceless pieces of art? Or anything collectable? Or the word appreciate?

  6. exactly. seems people want everything paid for or given to them and nobody can make money (except the homeowners renting rooms for $1200 a month) other than them

  7. None of my business. I had a business. Printing & selling t-shirts on the Vineyard back in the ‘70s.The tourist shops marked them up 100%. Went out of business. Became a cop. So Merry Christmas.

  8. Charging crazy, exorbitant prices to take financial advantage of people who don’t live all year on-island? Bah humbug, who does that? At the very least, the seller should have offered a 20% discount to those who can prove they visit the island and are willing to disclose their income on their W-2, employer’s name and phone number, and swear they don’t have a trust fund. That way a buyer would only be paying $79 for a $20 box of candy and could smugly walk away thinking he got a bargain from a seller who is so generous to Martha’s Vineyard.

  9. Every business here gouges when able. Ask the folks who get 50 cents for an oyster and see it in the restaurants for $3, six times what they get paid for their hard work.

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