Join Date: May 2002
Location: Dreaming of the Bavarian Alps
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I've never heard of getting a discount, but that doesn't mean they don't exist. It would not hurt to at least ask. This was the first year in many that I've had to buy retail because, as you've said, there is greater demand. It's now en vogue to can when years ago it was laughed at. Anything that is popular is going to be more expensive. Usually that translates into the supplier having the upper hand in haggling, but I would not hesitate to find out what you can knock off of the price by buying in bulk.
Have you tried asking of freecycle?
I just happened to hit the mother lode of free canning jars (another thread), but days ago I was in your shoes, so I know what you are thinking.