I've never gone wrong with live dungeness from 99 Ranch. In the Valley, they go from as low as 3.99 a pound up to about 10.99 per lb. (depending if it's on sale). I've even asked for the big ones at the bottom of the tank; and here's the unbelievable thing. I've had them (in their plastic bags) in the trunk (w/ no air cond.) for a GOOD 1 to 2 hours before dropping them into the boiling pot (still barely alive). Perhaps I'm playing with fire as the bacteria could take over starting the second they die. But, on every single occasion so far; they've been barely still alive (moving s-l-i-g-h-t-l-y) easily after around 2 hours. Absolutely no jive. I've also been very lucky in that none of them has fought hardly at all when placed in the slightly boiling water. (But that's prob. because they're not so alive and kicking.) I boil each for gosh, maybe as much as 20 minutes; and voila! With melted butter, and some Chardonnay or even beer; WOW. ^__^ Everyone knows that live Dungeness crab is quite better than frozen. And take your pick on which sauce to mix in with real melted butter (my favorite is McCormick's Lemon Butter Dill); and folks, what a slice of heaven. Enjoy!