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(Yahoo)   Apparently, America wasn't ready for "McNuggets with bones" leaving McDonald's with a LOT of frozen chicken wings about to pass their sell-by dates   (finance.yahoo.com) divider line 72
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2013-12-20 06:09:14 AM  
A buddy of mine owns a restaurant and he rails against McDonald's getting into the wing business.  He says that his prices on wings that he purchases have skyrocketed which is why you see wing prices pretty much everywhere going up (or getting less for the same price).  McDonald's has created a shortage in the wing market according to him.  Maybe this will create a glut and we'll be up to our clogged arteries in tasty, tasty wings again.
 
2013-12-20 06:11:52 AM  
they aren't very good, and lack sauce.
 
2013-12-20 06:18:52 AM  
I like wings, and I like McDonald's on the rare occasions that I indulge in fast food. I tried Mighty Wings once. They were neither good wings nor good McDonald's food.
 
2013-12-20 06:30:20 AM  
* adjusts union under belt*

History of the creation aside wings (to me) have always been bar food designed to keep you there drinking beer - and when they were 10 cents each on Wing Tuesday or whatever we were happy to do so - $3 worth of wings kept me there drinking $20 worth of beer.  Total raw material cost to the bar at the time (yes, I know there's more to it than that) was probably about $4 bucks.  They made money, the waitress got a nice tip and everyone was happy.

IMHO wings are not worth 75 cents to a dollar each under just about any circumstance and I can't believe places have managed to stay in business with prices like that - but if that's the only thing available and you're drunk enough then sure.  But you're standing in line at McD's (we'll assume youre starving or something) with a fiver in your hand and lets assume you have at least three functioning brain cells - I could get 4 tiny wings I may not even enjoy OR 4 double cheeseburgers.... yeah, that's a tough one.
 
2013-12-20 06:46:49 AM  
10 cent wing night...

i.dailymail.co.uk

/her comeback was 25 years ago
 
2013-12-20 06:49:42 AM  

Fizpez: IMHO wings are not worth 75 cents to a dollar each


Depends on the wings. There's some restaurants I'd gladly pay $1 each for their wings and consider it a bargain. It's a rare business that can make something melt your face off spicy that also tastes really good.
 
2013-12-20 07:02:44 AM  

doglover: Fizpez: IMHO wings are not worth 75 cents to a dollar each

Depends on the wings. There's some restaurants I'd gladly pay $1 each for their wings and consider it a bargain. It's a rare business that can make something melt your face off spicy that also tastes really good.


Most places stateside outside yinzer country sell "half wings", not whole ones.
 
2013-12-20 07:13:40 AM  
Why McD thought anyone would pay that much for McD quality chicken wings on a regular basis is beyond me.
 
2013-12-20 07:28:17 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: 10 cent wing night...



/her comeback was 25 years ago


Oh, if she could turn back time....
 
2013-12-20 07:38:52 AM  

Fizpez: * adjusts union under belt*

History of the creation aside wings (to me) have always been bar food designed to keep you there drinking beer - and when they were 10 cents each on Wing Tuesday or whatever we were happy to do so - $3 worth of wings kept me there drinking $20 worth of beer.  Total raw material cost to the bar at the time (yes, I know there's more to it than that) was probably about $4 bucks.  They made money, the waitress got a nice tip and everyone was happy.

IMHO wings are not worth 75 cents to a dollar each under just about any circumstance and I can't believe places have managed to stay in business with prices like that - but if that's the only thing available and you're drunk enough then sure.  But you're standing in line at McD's (we'll assume youre starving or something) with a fiver in your hand and lets assume you have at least three functioning brain cells - I could get 4 tiny wings I may not even enjoy OR 4 double cheeseburgers.... yeah, that's a tough one.


I can still get $.50 wings at my local bar...if I ever paid for them.

/after six years of trivia, I have cards for about eight hundred free wings in my drawer
 
2013-12-20 07:46:06 AM  
They should donate it to feed the homeless campaigns
 
2013-12-20 07:51:09 AM  

silgryphon: They should donate it to feed the homeless campaigns


Why do you hate the homeless?
 
2013-12-20 08:05:27 AM  
No one else is sad for all the wingless chickens out there?
 
2013-12-20 08:10:35 AM  

silgryphon: They should donate it to feed the homeless campaigns


The homeless are campaigning for public office?
 
2013-12-20 08:21:58 AM  

The Crepes of Wrath: silgryphon: They should donate it to feed the homeless campaigns

The homeless are campaigning for public office?


Where else are they going to sleep?
 
2013-12-20 08:32:11 AM  
I think they're tasty, but they're too expensive at a buck per wing.
 
2013-12-20 08:48:58 AM  
Isn't it standard practice to let them freezer burn for a while so they soak up the barbecue sauce and then serve them in  a bar somewhere.
 
2013-12-20 08:50:16 AM  

Chevello: TheShavingofOccam123: 10 cent wing night...

/her comeback was 25 years ago

Oh, if she could turn back time....


she will find a way
 
2013-12-20 08:52:45 AM  

JohnAnnArbor: No one else is sad for all the wingless chickens out there?


Must be a horrible sight. They wouldn't just sink out of view when released like those fin-less sharks.
 
2013-12-20 09:08:12 AM  

silgryphon: They should donate it to feed the homeless campaigns


i1.ytimg.com

The homeless don't want your McDonald's chicken wings!
 
2013-12-20 09:21:53 AM  
I tried their wings 3 times, overpriced and 2 out the 3 times slightly overcooked. Wings should never been dried out.

Way too many choices at McDonalds.  Not sure why they dont concentrate on their core product and make it better.
 
2013-12-20 09:33:05 AM  
I'll be getting $1 wings from a local korean joint on Sunday night.  They're really awesome, but I do feel ripped off... but they're really awesome.
 
2013-12-20 09:43:24 AM  
I really don't get what they were thinking with trying to introduce a premium product during a recession.  The people that eat at McDonald's aren't going to pick 3 wings over a 10-piece McNuggets.
 
2013-12-20 09:48:15 AM  

StokeyBob: barbecue sauce


No. Good god, no.
 
2013-12-20 09:50:34 AM  

Waldo Pepper: I tried their wings 3 times, overpriced and 2 out the 3 times slightly overcooked. Wings should never been dried out.

Way too many choices at McDonalds.  Not sure why they dont concentrate on their core product and make it better.


Because they have been eclipsed by Subway as the #1 fast food joint in the USA, and their same store sales figures are stagnant. (See the Red lobster story). So while they are making money off the backs of the working poor, they aren't making MORE money.

So some one in corporate thinks that it's because they didn't serve wings. Their test markets must not have had decent wing joints.

Burger King is floundering too, and I think the true cause is that we've reached Peak Fast Food, and with some cities actually instituting the same standards as strip joints and liquor stores (no fast food within xxxx feet of a school, park or affordable housing complex) the deck is stacked against them.
 
2013-12-20 09:52:31 AM  
Hate to break it to you, but mcnuggets do already contain bones, they grind up the entire chicken pretty much then extrude them to make them.
 
2013-12-20 10:07:50 AM  
If they are nearing thier sell by date I will buy a frozen bag or two off of them.  How about $1.50 a lb.  I would eat the heck out them at that price point.
 
2013-12-20 10:12:18 AM  

Demetrius: A buddy of mine owns a restaurant and he rails against McDonald's getting into the wing business.  He says that his prices on wings that he purchases have skyrocketed which is why you see wing prices pretty much everywhere going up (or getting less for the same price).  McDonald's has created a shortage in the wing market according to him.  Maybe this will create a glut and we'll be up to our clogged arteries in tasty, tasty wings again.


Wings used to be a great go-to for a cheap dinner.  Right now, you can buy fresh boneless tenderloins for less than the wing.  What used to be the most expensive piece of the entire bird, the supreme, is now cheaper than a bone-in piece.  I'm guessing thighs will be the next big trend.  I hope not, I love thighs.  Chicken, too.
 
2013-12-20 10:13:43 AM  

Nabb1: I like wings, and I like McDonald's on the rare occasions that I indulge in fast food. I tried Mighty Wings once. They were neither good wings nor good McDonald's food.


Oxymoron alert!
 
2013-12-20 10:18:07 AM  
Maybe they shouldn't charge OVER A DOLLAR PER WING (unless you get the 10-pack) for something that's McDonald's quality (and from what I've read, even people who LIKE McDonald's crappy food think they're bad).  Anyone with half a brain could have told them no one would buy them at those prices.  How do the people who came up with this shiat still have jobs?
 
2013-12-20 10:19:56 AM  
Sad that so much food will be wasted.
 
2013-12-20 10:20:53 AM  

Demetrius: A buddy of mine owns a restaurant and he rails against McDonald's getting into the wing business.  He says that his prices on wings that he purchases have skyrocketed which is why you see wing prices pretty much everywhere going up (or getting less for the same price).  McDonald's has created a shortage in the wing market according to him.  Maybe this will create a glut and we'll be up to our clogged arteries in tasty, tasty wings again.


You know Tim, too?

/Had a long conversation with a bartender/owner about this very same topic.
 
2013-12-20 10:29:15 AM  
I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.

I'm never gonna to pay a dollar for a half a mouthful of food so I haven't had wings at any establishment in quite some time.
 
2013-12-20 11:00:25 AM  

edmo: I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.

I'm never gonna to pay a dollar for a half a mouthful of food so I haven't had wings at any establishment in quite some time.


It's almost as if demand for a product can affect its price.
 
2013-12-20 11:08:26 AM  

MugzyBrown: edmo: I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.

I'm never gonna to pay a dollar for a half a mouthful of food so I haven't had wings at any establishment in quite some time.

It's almost as if demand for a product can affect its price.


It's almost as if artificial price elevation by an oligarchy of large producers can affect consumption.
 
2013-12-20 11:11:05 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: MugzyBrown: edmo: I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.

I'm never gonna to pay a dollar for a half a mouthful of food so I haven't had wings at any establishment in quite some time.

It's almost as if demand for a product can affect its price.

It's almost as if artificial price elevation by an oligarchy of large producers can affect consumption.


Ah yes the evil vertically integrated buffalo wing cartel.
 
2013-12-20 11:15:22 AM  

MugzyBrown: TheShavingofOccam123: MugzyBrown: edmo: I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.

I'm never gonna to pay a dollar for a half a mouthful of food so I haven't had wings at any establishment in quite some time.

It's almost as if demand for a product can affect its price.

It's almost as if artificial price elevation by an oligarchy of large producers can affect consumption.

Ah yes the evil vertically integrated buffalo wing cartel.


Oh so you're familiar with those evil bastards...

img.foodnetwork.com
 
2013-12-20 11:23:24 AM  

edmo: I guess I'm old but I remember when places started offering chicken wings. Standard price was $0.10 per wing in 1990. Corrected for inflation, that would set you back $0.18 today but McDonald's (and many others) charge $1 each and more.


BW3 used to sell wings for $0.15 on Tuesdays in 2000.  I have never paid $1 a wing from any wing place, any bar, or any restaurant.  So I don't know WTF McDonalds was thinking pricing their wings above what I could get anywhere else that would likely be much better than theirs.
 
2013-12-20 11:24:48 AM  
KISS

Burgers
Fries
Soda

Do it one way, make lots of money.

/You want growth...expand in Africa, etc...
 
2013-12-20 11:27:20 AM  

TheShavingofOccam123: It's almost as if artificial price elevation by an oligarchy of large producers can affect consumption.


You can only get so many wings off a chicken and the number of chickens you can pull the wings off of is limited by the number of other chicken parts you can sell.  People don't buy breasts and thighs by the dozen while out for a night of drinking, so there's only so much that can be done to hold wing prices down.
 
2013-12-20 12:04:38 PM  
Whatever jackass at McD's HQ who thought up that horrible idea should be sacked.  The other members of the review board who approved that craptastic idea should be sacked.  The CEO who authorized it should be sacked.

It was always a terrible idea for McD's to get into the "real" wing business.  Wings aren't cheap - they're actually a premium product (as you need to raise/feed a whole chicken to get just 2 measly wings).  The price point was way too high for a McD's customer.
 
2013-12-20 12:20:59 PM  
Maybe they forgot to remove the heads from their chicken parts again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBbMxxISXw
 
2013-12-20 12:28:08 PM  

cefm: Whatever jackass at McD's HQ who thought up that horrible idea should be sacked.  The other members of the review board who approved that craptastic idea should be sacked.  The CEO who authorized it should be sacked.

It was always a terrible idea for McD's to get into the "real" wing business.  Wings aren't cheap - they're actually a premium product (as you need to raise/feed a whole chicken to get just 2 measly wings).  The price point was way too high for a McD's customer.


Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked
 
2013-12-20 12:29:33 PM  
I tried them with low expectations, and they weren't even met. They tasted like they were fried in oil, taken out, dipped in oil, refried, and then re-dipped in oil.
 
2013-12-20 12:37:40 PM  

cefm: It was always a terrible idea for McD's to get into the "real" wing business. Wings aren't cheap - they're actually a premium product (as you need to raise/feed a whole chicken to get just 2 measly wings). The price point was way too high for a McD's customer.


I don't think the problem was the price was too high for a McD's customer.  I think the problem was McDonalds was charging more than what you would pay pretty much anywhere else for wings.  That's going to be a tough sell to the public, pay more for something at McDonalds.  Could you imagine now many burgers they would sell if those were priced higher than what you could get at a specialty burger place or restaurant?
 
2013-12-20 01:00:01 PM  

macdaddy357: Maybe they forgot to remove the heads from their chicken parts again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raBbMxxISXw


2.bp.blogspot.com

Doesn't remember that in the training video.
 
2013-12-20 01:04:47 PM  

cefm: It was always a terrible idea for McD's to get into the "real" wing business.  Wings aren't cheap - they're actually a premium product (as you need to raise/feed a whole chicken to get just 2 measly wings).  The price point was way too high for a McD's customer.


The irony, of course, being that wings used to be the cheapest part of the chicked (since they have the least meat on them) and that the whole reason "wings" became a thing was to find a way to use them for something.

It's the dietary equivalent of charging more for the box the toy came in because we all know your 2-year-old loves the box more than the toy.
 
2013-12-20 01:05:44 PM  
I live near a BWW so obviously I'd go there for wings over McDonald's any day.
 
2013-12-20 01:08:57 PM  
FTFA: Price:  In McDonald's terms, Mighty Wings are a premium product. The wings come in packs of three for $3.69, five for $5.59, and 10 for $9.69. Thompson said the prices, which are similar to Buffalo Wild Wings, were  "not the most competitive."

OK, two things.  First, the prices being "similar to Buffalo Wild Wings".  BWW doesn't sell 3 wings, or 5.  They've actually done away with the quantity model and gone to a weight model, but usually the lowest number you get is 6.

Second, when I go to BWW, I'm also getting a little more than wings.  I'm getting a boatload of TVs, good sides, beer, and a generally great atmosphere.

Third (yes, I said two things, but that's OK), I know Buffalo Wild Wings.  Buffalo Wild Wings are great.  McDonald's, your wings are NOT even in the same ZIP code as Buffalo Wilds Wings.  I had them once, and didn't finish my three piece order.  They were vile.

Good luck in getting rid of the wings.  Maybe a closeout price of 25 cents a wing might do it.
 
2013-12-20 01:19:17 PM  

cefm: Whatever jackass at McD's HQ who thought up that horrible idea should be sacked.  The other members of the review board who approved that craptastic idea should be sacked.  The CEO who authorized it should be sacked.

It was always a terrible idea for McD's to get into the "real" wing business.  Wings aren't cheap - they're actually a premium product (as you need to raise/feed a whole chicken to get just 2 measly wings).  The price point was way too high for a McD's customer.


Do you think they just throw away the rest of the chicken?
 
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