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£19.49 inc. delivery for Veg box at least Dick Turpin wore a mask..

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anklebitersmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:02:38

I have just received my first large box of veg from, well, let's call them 'Inept and Diamond'. Billed by their rep as a huge veg box, all organic & freshly harvested, which would not only see my family of 6 through the week in vegetablicious style but potentially see me with leftovers I was looking forward to cooking up a storm this evening.
Imagine my disappointment when the following arrived (and I jest not):

1 lettuce (leafy not iceberg)
1 chinese lettuce
1 red pepper
3 corn on the cob
2 small sweet potatoes
3 portabello mushrooms
4 small onions
8 weedy looking carrots
1 small bag of spinach
1 floret of brocolli
14 broad beans and wait for it...
5 medium potatoes

am I really being unreasonable in thinking 'rip off'??

mrscturner Wed 14-Sep-11 14:04:59


I'd get all that for under a fiver at my local greengrocer.

belledechocchipcookie Wed 14-Sep-11 14:05:07

If you were to buy them separatly, how much would they cost you?

mrscturner Wed 14-Sep-11 14:05:38

and 1 red pepper? whats the point in that?

bamboobutton Wed 14-Sep-11 14:07:03



i would be expecting a box the size of a laundry basket for that money.

AuntieMonica Wed 14-Sep-11 14:07:24

did you not check what the box contents were before you ordered then?

SmethwickBelle Wed 14-Sep-11 14:07:58

Those amounts sound a lot less than I'd expect in a "large" box, 5 potatoes is a pointless amount, unless you are makka pakka and are just planning to balance them decoratively. Even one person could eat five medium potatoes in three days.

strictlovingmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:08:32

Call them, return the goods, tell them off, and that should teach you the lesson about veg boxes and rip off behind them.
Do yourself a favour and go down to your local market and by all that for £5, YANBUsad

porcamiseria Wed 14-Sep-11 14:10:55

1 lettuce (leafy not iceberg) 1
1 chinese lettuce 1.20
1 red pepper 80
3 corn on the cob 2
2 small sweet potatoes 80
3 portabello mushrooms 1.50
4 small onions 80
8 weedy looking carrots 50
1 small bag of spinach 1.20
1 floret of brocolli 1
14 broad beans and wait for it... 1
5 medium potatoes 1

totaL: 12.80

rip off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WhoWhoWhoWho Wed 14-Sep-11 14:11:33

shock I do hope you've complained and got your money back and cancelled your order!

Sandalwood Wed 14-Sep-11 14:12:08

You are joking about there being 1 broccoli floret aren't you?

TBH I just expect that veg boxes (like those Graze boxes) to be a rip off.

Crosshair Wed 14-Sep-11 14:13:41

shock YANBU.

BellaneyMimphus Wed 14-Sep-11 14:14:12

Woah, mine is £12 and has double that

sausagesandmarmelade Wed 14-Sep-11 14:14:55

What a JOKE!!!! shock

Might be worth contacting trading standards........

JumpJockey Wed 14-Sep-11 14:14:59

That's pretty mad, but can that sort of stuff really be got so cheaply at the market - and then it wouldn't be organic most likely. Eg my local market has sweetcorn 2 for £1, peppers about 50p each, spinach would be £1 a bag, lettuces at least 50p, broad beans not in season any more so wouldn't have them, chinese leaf about £1 if they have it.

All I'm saying is while that is indeed a horrendous ripoff, getting it from market/greengrocer isn't necessarily as massively cheap as people are saying. Unless they're just stupidly expensive where I live.

strictlovingmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:23:57

Our local greengrocer is very reasonable, and I can guarantee what you got in that poxy box would not cost more then £7 tops.
I don't know how hung up you are about organic veg, but for certain things in you basket it doesn't really matter, you peel carrots and potatoes anyway, no?
Same is with the onions?
Point being, large basket is meant to feed at least four(2 adults+2children) for just under £20, you may not harm yourselves with pesticides, but with that amount of veg per week, you will certainly cause yourselves avitaminosis(lack of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) for sure.

chocoroo Wed 14-Sep-11 14:26:29

The grocer round the corner from us has corn on the cob at 4 for a pound.

I'd do some research online and phone them with it. Total rip off.

anklebitersmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:26:49

I grilled them good and proper about quantities and I was assured that there would be loads of fantastic fresh veg, more than enough to go round my ravenous tribe. Otherwise I'd be less cross sad

To add insult to financial injury there's a lovely glossy magazine showing the directors and associates on their mountain bikes being fit and healthy-they may as well have typed 'thanks for the thrice yearly holiday to Barbados'. AND they have the downright cheek to suggest how I can use the 'spare' veg to make soup and freeze it to avoid waste. Waste, what waste???

I shall be frequenting the local farm shops again from here on in...this afternoon in fact so I can make tea!!

Helenagrace Wed 14-Sep-11 14:27:04

Mine is £14 and last week I got

cherry tomatoes
lollo rosso lettuce
10 carrots
bag of shallots
a green pepper
2 large beetroot
a cauliflower
2 courgettes
runner beans
2 cooking apples

I get mine from a local farmers co-op so it's mostly grown within 30 miles of me. It's organic. It is more expensive than I'd pay in the supermarket but it keeps longer and I'm keen to reduce our food miles.

anklebitersmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:29:19

Sandalwood I promise you I haven't forgotten anything...1 brocolli floret it was...I even went back outside to check if there was a box 2 that had gone for a walk but no such luck

glitch Wed 14-Sep-11 14:30:53

I tried veg boxes from the same company (I'm guessing it's A&C) and were equally as bad. No idea how it was meant to feed us all.
The last box I had also wasn't very fresh.
Back to the supermarket for me.

Insomnia11 Wed 14-Sep-11 14:32:44

I don't use them as I plan meals so like to choose exactly what veg I want and I'm kind of used to my veg being fairly clean - their water bill not mine.

DreamsOfSteam Wed 14-Sep-11 14:33:38

SmethwickBelle grin at maka paka

LaWeasel Wed 14-Sep-11 14:41:57

What complete rubbish. I guess that's enough veg for what, 4 days tops? Not good enough.

It was also irritate me getting such small amounts of things, I'd rather have a decent amount of 3/4 types of veg than such odds and sods.

anklebitersmum Wed 14-Sep-11 14:43:16

spot on glitch smile

I'm going to tell them they can keep their veg and shove their delivery where the sun don't shine (DH suggested their carrots, all 8 of them wink).

I might offer them DD's shoe box for their small boxes (size 7 infant) while I'm about it..

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