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Old 05-12-2008, 01:51 PM   #11
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Just reminded me.

Lately, no matter what store I'm in, I have to really dig to find fresh items. Bagged salads are a tad brown and soggy, those little plastic containers of fresh herbs are horrible, fresh produce only lasts a couple days.
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:11 PM   #12
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My pet peeve currently is Slim Jim products.
They are all dated, and get stale quickly after that date.
But the clerks combine almost empty packages with new ones,
so it isn't unusual to grab an expired one.

This is most common in grocery stores as opposed to convenience stores.
Have found Slim Jims that were 2 years old!!!!!

Not that I eat them anymore, sighhhh.... but my spoiled dogs get one if they
are in the car when I shop, LOL!

Conversely, I have found that when I buy close dated pre-packaged fresh Spinach, it
always lasts at least a week after the date, if I open the package and let it "breathe".
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:17 PM   #13
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My pet peeve currently is Slim Jim products.
They are all dated, and get stale quickly after that date.
But the clerks combine almost empty packages with new ones,
so it isn't unusual to grab an expired one.

This is most common in grocery stores as opposed to convenience stores.
Have found Slim Jims that were 2 years old!!!!!

Not that I eat them anymore, sighhhh.... but my spoiled dogs get one if they
are in the car when I shop, LOL!

Conversely, I have found that when I buy close dated pre-packaged fresh Spinach, it
always lasts at least a week after the date, if I open the package and let it "breathe".
It is ILLEGAL to sell products beyond their sell-by date. not sure who you should contact, but the police might be a good place to start!
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:26 PM   #14
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Anytime you buy an item (Kraft or otherwise) and that item is defective, call the number on the package and COMPLAIN!! Not only is the complaint department there to help you, but they need your input to keep their product perfect. This in turn will usually net you, the consumer a coupon for a free box or more!! Believe it works with all food companies. Experience!!!
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Old 05-12-2008, 02:44 PM   #15
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Oh, I've complained twice to Con Agra foods, and twice to 3 different grocery stores.
Con Agra sent me a coupon once and ignored me the second time.
One grocery store district manager called me, then a store manager called me, and promised
to do better. The other 2 grocery stores didn't respond at all.

The problem didn't improve at any of the stores.

I really thought Con Agra, which was heavily promoting Slim Jims at the time
SNAP INTO A SLIM JIM!), would have been more interested and reactive.....
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Old 05-12-2008, 07:30 PM   #16
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i call their manufactuerer. most companies will replace a product with a coupon.
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Old 05-12-2008, 09:43 PM   #17
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Recently I needed chicken broth and couldn't afford the brand I usually buy. I bought a couple cans of Sweet Sue brand at WalMart. I didn't find out until I had already started cooking the onion and celery and got the bread cubes ready for dressing that one of the cans had only been filled half-way (and what was there smelled bad), so I had to dump it. I had planned on having dressing, mashed potatoes, and gravy with left-over turkey in it, but I ended up only having enough chicken broth for the dressing. I emailed the company to let them know about the problem. Today I received 4 coupons for any Sweet Sue product free and 2 coupons for 25 cents off Bumble Bee Tuna.

One thing I learned a long time ago (both by taking a business writing class in college and just from experience) is that a polite letter usually goes a lot further than one that just berates them (I know a few people who do that). I also try occasionally to let companies know when I think they are doing a great job, not just when there is a problem.

Sometimes, like when I wrote to Heinz to let them know the cap on their big new refrigerator door bottle is difficult to open, companies will send coupons for their products. And other times, like when I wrote to Nabisco to say that we did not like the way the Oreo packages are designed now (harder to get the side cookies), they just say sorry, that's just the way it is (well, they were polite about it, but that was the gist of it!).

I try not to write with the intent of getting something free (unless I was out money), but rather to let them know my feelings about a product. But if they do send coupons for free items, I let everyone know, which is good for the company.

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It is ILLEGAL to sell products beyond their sell-by date. not sure who you should contact, but the police might be a good place to start!
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Old 05-12-2008, 10:22 PM   #19
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Once I bought some pepperoni from Costco so it was a double pack. I had one in our main fridge and we went through it in about 4 days. The expiration date was about 6 months away, but when I went to get the other half out of our spare fridge it was totally growing mold! There were no holes in the package and no moisture in it. Turned me off pepperoni for quite awhile.
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