posted on Sep, 22 2008 @ 07:57 PM
Agree with Infolurker. The prices you listed for MREs are basically the going rate. We have a couple of cases, and it cost almost as much to ship
them here as the case cost. If you are set on acquiring MREs, I suggest you don't "bargain shop". It used to be fairly common to sell ancient,
potentially harmful/outdated MREs. SOPACO is about the best I've found. I'm sure others have other favorite brands/types.
I've consumed a fair share of MREs. They've gotten better than in the past, but they are long on carbohydrates, salt and protein, and not
necessarily "balanced" for the most part. My opinion. The only reason I can think of to have them is if you intend to carry everything you need on
your back, and have a weight consideration. Even then, water is probably your primary weight @ about 8 pounds/gallon. In other words, if your
intent is to have a self-sustaining week's worth of stuff on your back, then MREs make sense.
As Infolurker said, cans are cheaper, and you can balance your intake yourself. If you have planned for and have a secure or plentiful water
source, dried/dehydrated foods can carry you for a long time. We have all three -- MREs, canned, and dried foods. Redundancy = choices, but a
person has to be able to protect their goods.