You need to search more. Wal Mart has choice Brisket packers here every day of the week for $1.99 a pound, and sometimes a sale here and there where it drops even lower. SHOP AROUND, and you will find lower prices. I am in Texas, but I'm positive you can find the deals up there in Liberal land.
And not to rub it in, but I can get whole Prime packers here for $3.19 a pound, so I do not know why it is so expensive where you are. Harris ranch is one of the largest beef producers in California and the west, and they are only a few hours from you. So it is not a supply problem. It doesn't seem right