Today, I gave a friend of mine a cooking lesson. She wanted to learn how to cook in a tajine. I was most happy to help her. As I was getting things ready, I noticed that I didn't have any saffron. I haven't had to buy any for over a year. I went to the store and this is what I saw. The package was for 0.5 grams at $8.99. The amount was so small that it was put in a small plastic bag instead of a bottle or small container. If I would have bought an ounce it would have cost me $510.63. I could practically take a trip to spain and pick it myself for that price.