First do an online search of Maine lobster sellers. And rather than settling on the first one you come to, check out several before making your decision. You will find that prices vary, and so do shipping costs as well as the types of extras that the sellers include in their package. So take your time and look around first to see what is available.
The first question you need answered is if the lobsters offered for sale are certified. Real Maine lobster, as well as the fishermen who used it should be certified by the state. If one or the other is not certified as coming from Maine waters, then it is not real Maine lobster. Check out the shipping costs because they will vary greatly from website to website and vendor to vendor. Do this by selecting the size lobster that you want to buy and then check it out on a couple of different online sites.
Find out who does the shipping because the lobster has to be shipped live and arrive alive and in good condition. It is very important to know how and when it will arrive because someone has to meet the shipment. Always choose small lobsters because the younger the meat, the sweeter and more tender it will be. Any lobster that weighs 3 pounds or more will probably also taste chewy and tough. So be careful when selecting large or jumbo lobsters.
Once you have ascertained the return or reimbursement guarantee, then you are ready to order. If the company does not have a reimbursement policy, then move on to someone who does.
Be prepared to eat the Maine lobster on the day it arrives, because it can not be stored in fresh water or in a refrigerator on ice for any length of time. A great way to serve lobster is boiled, steamed or broiled. To boil, take a large pot and fill it with water. Bring the water to a boil and then drop in the lobster. Let it cook for 13 minutes, until the shell is bright red. Remove from the water and serve with clarified butter. If you prefer steamed lobster, then put two cups of water in the pot and add the lobster. Let it cook for 15 minutes. Enjoy.