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Think globally, shop locally (209.2) - Mark's Journal
Think globally, shop locally (209.2)
I much prefer supporting local businesses whenever possible, but when I buy Science Diet pet food, which is pretty expensive, I've been finding that the best deals aren't available in town. I'd spend a little more, but the locally owned store, Agway True Value, that carries Science Diet, briefly expressed interest in advertising in 14850 Magazine then decided not to. They're spending their promotional dollars on out-of-town bulk-mailing services, which makes giving them my local shopping dollars less attractive.

Mostly, I've been buying my Science Diet from Amazon. The price is good, and with the 5% Shop & Save subscription discount, it's even better. Add that to my Amazon Prime free two-day shipping -- for a 38.5 pound bag of dog food, no less -- and it's an irresistible deal! Heavy bag of dog food, right to my door? Yes please!

Amazon screwed up the subscription shipment that should've arrived last week, though, and we're rapidly running out of food! Luckily, before I ordered a last-minute shipment from Amazon, I remembered seeing a PetSmart "friends & family sale" e-mail. That 15%-off offer expires today, so I couldn't use it in the store at this hour, but I could order online. $16 and change for shipping -- but free in-store pickup! So instead of $45ish at the local store, or $40ish last-minute from Amazon, or $38ish with the subscription discount, I'm getting it from PetSmart for $34! I just have to pick it up at the store in the next couple of days. Works for me.
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polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: June 8th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC) (Link)
The refills for Swiffer Bissel Steamboost mops cost $8.99 in Staples. On Amazon.com, they're as much as $18.

So your point is well taken.
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: June 8th, 2015 12:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Science Diet is garbage, though. It's mostly plant-based with some lard thrown in.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: June 8th, 2015 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Mmm, lard.

I haven't done my own scientific analysis, but the SPCA recommended it, saying that's what they feed their animals mostly (I'm sure a lot of it is donated), and the vets I've taken Penny and Carter to seem happy with the choice. I did some exploring of the options, and while everyone has good or bad opinions on everything, this seems like one of the more-affordable less-crappy choices. I know I can get much better food for them if I'm willing to cook it myself or pay three times as much, but neither works for me.
pixel39 From: pixel39 Date: June 9th, 2015 04:09 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Mmm, lard.

When you chose to adopt an animal you made yourself responsible for that animal's welfare. Dogs are omnivores, true, but you're basically feeding them the equivalent of McDonald's hamburgers. Go to Ithaca Grain & Pet Supply and get something that's got actual food value in it.
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