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Topic # 146796 29-May-2014 13:22
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I am just about to venture into the world of online grocery shopping and wanted to know if there was a space for discussion - hints, tips, recomendations in this area? It seems hot topic in the consumer space and is somewhat related to tech and all things geek.

To be precise, I rather safely bought an entry level foodbox subscription, the first arrives today, it is $33/wk and promises to deliver more veg and fruit than I can eat alone - I started small to be sure it would be good value. I'm a vegetarian, so this kind of product, plus home-made bread should see me for all meals. They do offer a meat product, too.

I'm in Hamilton, will let you know how it goes if there is any interest.

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  Reply # 1055909 29-May-2014 13:34
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My issue is that delivery is expensive. I would think that supermarkets would incentivize you to not be onsite as it means lower staff costs, and if staff costs drop, so should overall charges for either the product or logistics. Dreaming I know. 


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  Reply # 1055911 29-May-2014 13:37
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Next to come:
Ebay Groceries, Amazon groceries.




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  Reply # 1055912 29-May-2014 13:37
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Good point. Foodbox was well recommended as on a par with costs but far superior in terms of convenience and quality. Also, I hate shopping, I really hate going to the supermarket, so I'm totally okay if it costs a few $$$s extra to remove that problem from my life.

I'll see what the package contains when I get home and if any of the many roaming animals in my neighbourhood have managed to get to it first.

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  Reply # 1055913 29-May-2014 13:38
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networkn: My issue is that delivery is expensive. I would think that supermarkets would incentivize you to not be onsite as it means lower staff costs, and if staff costs drop, so should overall charges for either the product or logistics. Dreaming I know. 



supermarkets want you there, they make loads from impulse buying and you not knowing exactly how much things come to.  

i went to foodtown 2 days ago for some chops, $130 later....

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  Reply # 1055914 29-May-2014 13:39
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Online grocery shopping is very useful for the disabled.




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  Reply # 1055915 29-May-2014 13:40
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TimA: Next to come:
Ebay Groceries, Amazon groceries.


As long as it meets my requirements, why not?

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  Reply # 1055918 29-May-2014 13:44
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TimA: Next to come:
Ebay Groceries, Amazon groceries.


Amazon has been doing food for years. 

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  Reply # 1055920 29-May-2014 13:47
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I have a friends that swear by foodbox, I believe they have it on average 3 nights a week. They like that the food is good quality and healthy, and they don't have to think of what to do for dinner every night. Gives them a little more time with the kids too.

Edit: Actually might have been myfoodbag.




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  Reply # 1055921 29-May-2014 13:48
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I just dislike that many of the online ordering places are unclear on quantities provided, e.g. foodbox, looks great, but telling me the box has "Avocado, Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic, Grey Pumpkin, Mushrooms, Potatoes, Red onions, Silverbeet, Bananas, Lemonade apples, Mandarins, Pink Lady Apples, Tamarillos" is not much help, is there 1 of each? At least with, say, Countdown online shopping, you can select quantity (be it # of items or weight, depending on the item type). But yes, delivery fees suck heh.




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  Reply # 1055922 29-May-2014 13:50
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I have found the quality of the vege boxes offered on various grabone type sites are very average. Sometimes you find a good one, and at the promo price it's worthwhile but at full price not really worth it.  Nosh is on my way home, buying what's on special each week has had two good effects, one is we spent less generally, and secondly the quality is much much higher.

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  Reply # 1055925 29-May-2014 13:56
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Hmm... foodbox looks interesting (didn't know they existed).

Wonder if they're coming to the Wellington area any time soon...

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  Reply # 1055943 29-May-2014 14:13
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I have done my foodbag a couple of times now and while it's not very cheap the meals are super yummy. it has made our household cook more and everybody is now taking part in the cooking which is good for me as I used to do it all the time.

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  Reply # 1056020 29-May-2014 15:31
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We have been using online shopping with countdown for 6 months or so since my wife went back to full time work and have found it to be great. She works in town and picks up the groceries on the way home all packed up and ready to go. Only costs us about $3 or $4. We easily save that by not buying on compulsion. Have used the home delivery a couple of times as they have given us a free delivery but just as easy to pick up tbh.

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  Reply # 1056026 29-May-2014 15:38
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We have been using Countdown online shopping for the last 18 months. Initially it was due to the fact that both supermarkets near where I live were flattened by the earthquakes and it was a bit of a hassle to have to drive 20mins to the nearest decent supermarket. By purchasing 6 months worth of online deliveries it works out to less than $6 a delivery. We would save that in petrol alone driving out and back to the nearest shop. I am very happy with the service and more than happy to pay $6 for the convenience.

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  Reply # 1056027 29-May-2014 15:39
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I've looked at the online groceries from Countdown, but have never used it - for the same reason I don't do my main shop at Countdown: for my family of 5+a dog, it saves me close to $100 to do my fortnitely big shop at Pak N Save. Even though Countdown is almost literally next door to me, I just use it for picking up milk and bits and pieces between the major shop at P&S which is halfway across town. I wouldn't begrudge paying the delivery fee for online, but paying the delivery fee AND the Countdown premium makes it not worth my while - saving over $100 is worth an hour or so of my time every other weekend.

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