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Previous Update - March 8, 2006

March 8, 2006 - The Big Brown Truck Cometh

The UPS guy was late — hence the double update today.

Do you believe in coincidences? I don't. If you've been following this, you'll recall that yesterday, Eden Foods e-mailed me directly to tell me that they do listen to their consumers. Well today, Eden's package arrived.

In the e-mail from Eden, they indicated that they have over 240 products. 240. That's a good number of products. Now look at what Eden sent me: five pasta samples, nine teabags, and soymilk. The soymilk is a no-brainer (I'd mentioned that I like that explicitly in my letter).

But pasta and tea... Of 240 products, they sent me two that I either asked other companies for, or that other companies on the list make. Barilla (and Kraft) make pasta. Stash, Celestial, and Republic of Tea all make tea. Stash sent nine teabags; Eden sent nine teabags. I'd say Eden listens.

As for value... Again, I have to guesstimate a lot of this. I'd put the pasta at $1.29 each. I'd also put the soymilk at $1.29. Teabags at 20 cents each. We're at $9.54, give or take. Thanks to Eden Foods.

Eden Foods

March 8, 2006 - Slow and Steady

Two more responses today (plus a repeat casualty). We're now at 23.

Office Max sent me what has to be the most boring of the responses yet (an honor previously held by Red Lobster)... An over-sized postcard of sorts, just telling me to ask for a donation online. "Donation" sounds so... needy. I just wanted a free bag of rubber bands or something, not an entire drawer full of stuff.

Mercedes Benz sent me a "goodwill gesture" gift — that free Mercedes keychain I asked for. The letter indicated that "the opportunity to correspond is appreciated." They want to sell me a car, which is entirely fair — but if I'm a self-proclaimed "poor slob" who begs for a keychain, can I really afford the car that goes with it? Maybe if my AdSense picks up (by 10,000%), I'll give Mercedes a call.

I must admit, however, it is a very nice keychain. I'd guess one would go for $5-$8 at one of those hand-wash carwash places that sells stuff inside while you wait. Seeing as how I'm purely speculating, however, the value will be listed as "N/A" in the Freebies Summary. Thanks nonetheless to Mercedes for the gift.

Finally, the letter to Long John Silver's came back — again. I tell ya, this Captain Long John is more slippery than the Colonel's chicken. My first attempt (to P.O. Box 11988 in Lexington, KY) bounced back. My second attempt (to YUM! at 1900 Colonel Sanders Lane in Louisville, KY) also bounced back.

Now, maybe it was my poor handwriting on the envelope, or maybe it was because I used the same envelope (yes, with a new address label and new stamp.) Whatever the case is, I'm guessing this one wasn't meant to be. The letter to KFC (also owned by YUM!), which had a different address, but was also in Louisville, KY, made it — but I'm going to let this one die. Farewell, Cap'n.

Freebies Summary
Who? What?
approx. $
Fellowes Four cans of compressed air $32.00
Carma Labs One 0.25 oz. jar of Carmex $1.29
Stash Tea Nine teabags $1.80
White Castle 19 burgers, 2 breakfast sandwiches, 2 orders of Chicken Rings $12.37
Airborne One free tube of Airborne $5.99
Reynolds Two 50-cent coupons $1.00
S.C. Johnson One free ($3 max.) Skintimate coupon $3.00
Church & Dwight Two $1 Arm & Hammer coupons $2.00
Pfizer Three 50-cent Purell coupons $1.50
Pepsi Pepsi pen, pencil, stickers, and gift catalog N/A
Biotene Free samples of gum, toothpaste, and mouthwash N/A
Burt's Bees Free stick of lip balm $1.87
Dunkin Donuts Book of five $1 gift checks $5.00
Mercedes Benz Keychain N/A
Eden Foods Pasta, tea, soymilk $9.54
15 companies $75.36

Office Max

Mercedes Benz