On Tasting Boxes and Who to Support
I mentioned in a post a while ago that I’d signed up for some tasting boxes. Love with Food was the first, and Goodies Co. was the second. So far I’ve had three Love with Food boxes (March-May) and one Goodies Co. Box (April).
Love with Food costs slightly more, but they give money to food-related charities with every box you buy, so that’s pretty much worth it. In terms of the foods you get, They both seem good, not that different, and in fact Love with Food seems a bit more creative in their choices. I also really like that they have a theme for every box. Because Goodies Co is in beta right now, I get “founder” status, which I thought was pretty cool (even though it means nothing).
The first thing about the Goodies Co box that I noticed was that the box itself was bigger. At first that was exciting, but really, doesn’t that just mean that Love with Food is wasting less trees? It didn’t seem like they actually sent more food.
It was when I received that box that I started thinking, oh, crap. Why? Because, right there on the return address, it said “Wal-mart.com.”
I went to the site, poked around, and discovered that yes, Goodies Co is organized/run/whatever by Walmart. They weren’t hiding it, but they certainly didn’t put it anywhere on the site I would have seen until I was looking for it.
I have never, ever been a fan of Walmart. I can’t explain exactly why, it just always put me off. The only times I remember actually going into the store was during college, when there was a location down the street and it was just easier to get there than to the real grocery store. You could find all kinds of random stuff there, and during college convenience often wins. But even then, I only went there a handful of times. And I don’t think I’ve been in one since.
I’m not saying that to brag about my avoidance of walmart (although I am quite proud of myself), but to let you know that they’re not a company I’m really interested in supporting. So when I found out that I’d signed up for a service provided by them, therefore making them money, I started to really consider whether I should keep that subscription. Then, this morning, I saw this article about Walmart posted on facebook. And I figurately almost threw up. My brain was throwing up. I mean, I wasn’t surprised, but still horrified. Why do huge companies think it’s ok to prioritize making and keeping the most money possible over building good relations with the people around them? The saddest thing is that Walmart manages to have any hourly employees at all, considering that stuff like this goes on, but jobs are scarce enough. I’m sure not all of them are really like this, but I would doubt many people really like working there.
So, without needing to know that every single Walmart employee experience is like this one, my desire to not associate with Walmart was strengthened. I cancelled my subscription. The May box already shipped this week, so I will get that box and then no more. Whatever benefits I get from it are not really worth spending my money at a business I dislike this much.
Before I head off, I would like to say that I am not telling YOU, reading this, not to subscribe to Goodies Co. or shop at Walmart. That is for you to decide. And I’m not telling you to subscribe to Love with Food either. I’m just giving you my thoughts and you can figure out yourself if you’re going to take any of my words to heart. If you want my recommendation, I think you can deduce from this post which one I think you should get.
Posted on May 16, 2013, in Extras, Food and Drink, Life and Style, Shopping and tagged business practices, choices, conscious shopping, corporate, goodies co, love with food, tasting box, walmart. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.