I rarely keep a large quantity of sooks. I have in the past kept 4 bushels, but that was an exception. Usually I do not bother dipping them, but my guests do get a kick out of dipping, and it's fun for them.
The day I kept the 4 Bu, I got $50.00 per basket. Usually they bring around $40.00 per Bushel. I got lucky that day. The wholesaler was paying a premium price that day.
I do not encourage a market for females, so I have never been asked to provide them to my repeat customers. I keep them for myself only if catching is down considerably and I need meat for the table. Otherwise, they all go back or to my guests if they want them.
I can't say what they bring at retail since I do not offer them. At $40.00 (or less) a basket I think they should all go back. It would not upset me in the least if a total ban on all female crabs was instituted until the crab population recovered significantly. I doubt that will happen.