I've done this a few times with a good return but I was never as loyal of a customer as I am to Martinelli's. You know, the company that makes those green bottles of sparkling cider for those of us that like to look like we are drinking without actually having to imbibe alcohol? Sugar is a better drug, but that's beside the point.
About a week ago I bought 8 bottles of Martinelli's from the Safeway down the road from me because they had a sale which made them cheaper than buying them at Costco, which is where I always just buy the packs of four that my husband will consume far too quickly. I happily got them home and later we opened a bottle. My husband mixed it with a little pomegranate juice and eagerly held it out for me to taste. Expecting something wonderful I was grossed out when I tasted...vinegar? What the hell? I told him that I thought something was wrong with his drink, but I don't think he has a particularly sensitive palette because he couldn't really tell. We opened another bottle...same vinegar. Then I realized that they were the same lot. I decided to write to Martinelli's expressing concern that an entire lot of their juice might be spoiled and being sold.
What followed was a lovely conversation between a representative of Martinelli's and I, who informed me that the juice wouldn't make anyone sick, since it had been pasteurized. I realize it just turned into apple cider vinegar...which is great in salad, but not so much in my glass. Last night, after pulling out all the bottles from the first 'sell by date' we opened a bottle from a different date. I made the husband take the first drink. He didn't have an issue with it, so I tasted...and spit it back out. SAME thing. So, apparently all of Safeway's juice had gotten too warm and was turned. I would like to mention here that after this incident, I had some Martinelli's from a bottle purchased at Costco with no issue.
Martinelli's is sending me a refund, since Costco, where I generally buy it, doesn't accept coupons. I'm conflicted over contacting the store where I purchased the juice to begin with, because they don't care if I am a loyal customer, and they just want to move their stock. I contacted Martinelli's, not because I wanted them to furnish a refund (I actually didn't know they did that), but because I wanted to make sure people weren't getting sick off of mishandled bottles.
Moral of the story--write to companies. It is worth it for them to send you a refund if they can keep you as a customer. I just went and bought 12 bottles of cider for my party this weekend (from Costco, the other amazing customer service provider). I'm a loyal customer, and their kind treatment ensured that I would stay that.
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