Tough economic times have consumers cutting back wherever possible, and that includes in the meat department. But something interesting has happened with beef prices-demand for Select grade beef has grown to such a high level that it is now fetching higher prices than superior Choice grade beef. As of Monday, Select grade beef had an average price tag of $168.22 per cwt (hundred weight); that's 55¢ more than the price for "Choice" beef. This is happening because so many consumers are actively seeking out the inferior product, traditionally priced cheaper. The economic abnormality is self-correcting though; as consumers see Choice beef for less the price tide will turn again.