Hmmpphhh. As someone from the area, I associated Ballard with Lutefisk and crusty Norwegian fishermen, not organic soaps, but it's changing.
Also, it's pretty typical that they'd charge more for the boxless product...I swear, I could open up a business in Seattle that dealt in making clubs for whacking baby seals, but if I put a label on the product that read:
"Seattle Seal Shillelagh
Made of all natural ingredients, harvested in a socially conscience way.
No plastic bags were allowed within 100 feet of manufacture.
With every purchase we donate a percentage of the profits to help distribution of our newsletter, "Serving Seals" printed on recycled paper"
I'd get a gold medal from the local civic/environmental groups.
To each his own...but more money for no box?
"He must be a king. He hasn't got Williams all over 'im!" - cb91710
I spend my knights at the Veg Table.