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OBD Esrog Rate Differences

By Gldmeier @gldmeier
There is something I don't understand, and would like (serious, preferably) answers and explanations, if possible..
Most of the esrogim on the market this year are shmitta produce and are being sold through the Otzar Beis Din system.
Being sold through Otzar Beis Din means the esrogs have kedusha and have to be treated properly. More specifically, being sold through the OBD system means there is a uniform price for esrogim, as you are not paying for the esrog, rather for the labor costs involved - checking, transporting, packaging, etc.
So, my question is, why are vendors selling these OBD esrogim using different rates for the different levels.
Does it cost less for the kosher-level esrog to be checked and transported than for the aleph-aleph level esrog to be checked and transported? They only know what level each esrog is after it is checked anyway. It seems to me that all OBD esrogim, no matter the kashrut level  rating, should be priced the same.
Can anybody explain to me please how this sytem works for esrogim?
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