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Old 10-26-2006, 07:40 AM   #1
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Cheap vanilla

A food blogger sent me in the direction of the following on-line shop that sells very cheap vanilla. Five Bourbon vanilla pods from the island of Mayotte for seven euros, ten pods for 12 euros, 20 pods for 20 euros, postage included. They ship around the world. The site is only in French, unfortunately, but apparently they will take e-mail inquiries in English.

http://www.vanilledemayotte.fr/menu-boutique.html

They've also got a special offer on at the moment as they've only recently launched the site.

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Old 10-26-2006, 08:18 AM   #2
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Wow Snoop Puss, I'm not used to thinking about euro exchange rates but if this site is right and I understand it, a questionable premise, a euro is worth about $1.25 US. That makes 5 vanilla beans for about 8.75 or 1.75 each. I use extract because five or six bucks a bean is too rich for my blood but for that price I'd definitely go for it.
I never heard of Mayotte but saw some interesting information here although some may question the reliability of the source.
Can you, or one of our other French speaking members, give us any more information from their site.
I emailed them and will post any result.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:06 AM   #3
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Rule of Thumb... Anything that sounds too good to be true, usually is!

The price of vanilla has dropped drastically recently because of better weather conditions in the prime growing areas, and who-know-what else... a year ago I bought a 4 ounce bottle of Neilsen Massey at W-S for $29. Today they are selling an 8 ounce bottle for $19. so not sure whether your Mayotte beans are a big bargain, unless you know for sure they are going to yield great results.

Just my 2 cents...
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:40 AM   #4
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I'm sticking with going to WS and paying $8 for my 2 vanilla beans.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:47 AM   #5
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I'm sticking with going to WS and paying $8 for my 2 vanilla beans.
What is WS?
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:56 AM   #6
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According to the info. on the website, you'd be ordering these vanilla beans directly from a small island near Madagascar, which has apparently been something of a "political football" (claimed by 2 different countries) recently.

I imagine that part of the low cost is in buying "directly from the source." Just as a general principle, if you wanted to buy these, I'd use something like an international money order, not a credit card.
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According to the info. on the website, you'd be ordering these vanilla beans directly from a small island near Madagascar, which has apparently been something of a "political football" (claimed by 2 different countries) recently.

I imagine that part of the low cost is in buying "directly from the source." Just as a general principle, if you wanted to buy these, I'd use something like an international money order, not a credit card.
I'm not arguing, only asking. Wouldn't the use of PayPal protect the credit card information?
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:55 AM   #8
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Hi Skilletlicker. Here's a link to the blog where I found the info. She's highly regarded in the food blogging world and has won an award. She's managed to step over from blogging into the mainstream media and has features and recipes published in French editions of magazines such as Vogue.

http://chocolateandzucchini.com/

She does give plugs to things she's enjoyed or used, but her status is now such that she has more to lose than gain by promoting something that's rubbish. She also provides a link to her original source of info, who admits she was sent some free for adding a link to the company on her blog. But at least she admits it so it's not too cynical.

As far as I'm aware, PayPal is a secure way to pay. I use it for eBay deals and have never had a problem.


Edited to add: I've just had a read of the comments on the original blog. One of the commenters says that she had bought pods from this company last spring. According to her, they're fleshy and highly perfumed. Plus, she says they're organic even though they don't have the official seal.
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Old 10-26-2006, 12:55 PM   #9
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A food blogger sent me in the direction of the following on-line shop that sells very cheap vanilla. Five Bourbon vanilla pods from the island of Mayotte for seven euros, ten pods for 12 euros, 20 pods for 20 euros, postage included. They ship around the world. The site is only in French, unfortunately, but apparently they will take e-mail inquiries in English.

http://www.vanilledemayotte.fr/menu-boutique.html

They've also got a special offer on at the moment as they've only recently launched the site.
So you're talking about $10 for a minimum purchase of 5 pods. Mayotte is close to Madagascar, which I understand produces some fine vanilla.

For $10, I'd just go ahead and buy some. What the heck.
You could easily spend that $10 on a Mcdonalds Happy Meal or two
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:09 PM   #10
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Hi,

I'm Malik from www.VanilleDeMayotte.com. I got the link to this thread by an interested reader.

I want to reassure pepoles here that we are a "real" compagny. Mayotte Island is a French oversee and is ruled by french laws. So we must register our sales and buys and pay taxes (a lot) and pay our supliers and employed :-)

Our payment is garanteed by Paypal, so you can pay with paypal transfert or use paypal as a credit card terminal. We never have, and never want to have, credit card data wich would be a sucide for us from a security point of view.

About Scally cooking blog, I want to say that our agreement was "some few pods in exange of an ad link". The article she kindly wrote was not part of the plan :-)

So to sumarise our principal defect is to be French and of speaking very badly English.

Have a nice day.

Malik.
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