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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mr Chewy, Part 2

THE BIG THING:  Well, I need to add to/restate yesterday's post about Mr Chewy.  I didn't want to leave the impression that we didn't like him!

First, about the packing.  As I said, all the cans arrived in perfect condition, but I was concerned that might have just been good fortune since the cases were a bit loose in the shipping box.  I had placed online delivery orders with 2 other companies, and a number of cans were badly dented.  Well, 1 of those surprised me because the cases were packed so well (and the shipping box undamaged) I couldn't see how any damage could occur.  I'm now wondering if the damage occurred in the warehouse from rough handling, and that Mr Chewy treats their products more carefully.

Second, about the prices.  I failed to account for sales tax at the local stores, and that adds up!  Sure the local stores sometimes have stuff on sale, but when I only buy food every few months, that's hit or miss.  Plus, if you set up an automatic delivery schedule, Mr Chewy takes 15% off the first delivery.  And I should add that the regular non-sale prices at Mr Chewy were only 35 cents more per case than Petco (for Halo) which is really irrelevant.

Third, about selection.  No one carries everything, and one of the flavors the cats like was only temporarily out of stock (Halo Lamb).  Another may no longer be available (Science Diet Culinary Creations).  I do wish Mr Chewy sold the Soulistic and Eukanuba canned foods though.  To be fair, Petco had only a few cans of Halo flavors available today.  So nothing is available all the time or everywhere.

Fourth, about convenience.  One of my gripes at Petco is that many of the canned foods are stocked loose.  A shopping cart of 100 or so loose cans is a pain to unload and carrying bags of loose cans is awkward.  They spill all over in the car, too!  And sorting all that out at home is tedious.  I'll take sealed cases delivered to my doorstep  over a few dollars saved at Petco anytime.  Saves on gas too.

Another convenience thing is the automatic delivery schedule at Mr Chewy.  I set up an automatic delivery for every 8 weeks.  And if you start getting more than you need, it is easy to skip a shipment or change the schedule at their website.

So...  I've placed another order with Mr Chewy and set up a delivery schedule.

Thank you, Mr Chewy

P.S.  Because I like to arrange all the flavors so that the cats get the most variety each week, when the new order arrives I will be taking out all the cans and stacking them up on the dining room table.  THAT should be a sight to see!  I'm guessing that will be a great picture for a post next week.