Buy one, Take one

Philippines
September 6, 2009 10:27am CST
I went out this afternoon to do a little grocery shopping. I visited my favorite mall and discovered that they had a sale for a particular chocolate brand. It was buy one, you get another one for free and the chocolates are already taped together. I picked one up to check its expiry date and the expiry date read September 2009. I suddenly lost my appetite for chocolates. I saw people buying them, but I just went away without saying anything. I might be accused of making a scene and today is a Sunday so you can expect tons of people at the mall. I do buy buy one, take one products. But only after I've made sure that they are not expired or have been recalled from other countries. How about you? Do you patronize these buy one take one products? Do you check the expiry dates of these products? Happy mylotting to all!
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16 responses
@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
Perhaps expiry dates are not the same. Give it to the guys :) It'll disappear like it evaporated :) Seriously, guys tend to consume the "seemingly" or even "really" expired. They're the fathers and it usually their hard earned money :) Just an opinion... Who votes "Agree!" Cheers
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
Even if this thread only has two replies, I chose you as the best response because I laughed so hard when I read it! I do know some guys who will eat anything, and I mean even food that is expired. Weird as it may seem, they don't even get sick. LOL. Thank you for your response.
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@ruperto (1552)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
There's a film Mr. Schmidt starring Jack Nicolson, it shows how he opens the trash bin and reclaims "expired" food :) Perhaps it is the "stronger?" immune system of guys. In general mothers want only the best, not without a critical reason. Babies need on the best because anything less can be fatal d b ? Finally, I watched a certain show presenting the animal with the toughest digestives. As in being able to digest raw food with the most lethal strains food-borne bacteria there is... its the vulture... Personally I feel I have a bit of vulture instinct then too :) Cheers
@flaky03 (225)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
Hi guys :)! I was also a victim of buy one, take one deal in a mall and I had the same scenario but that's for cookies (the famous ones Ahey. Lol). It's too alarming that they still sell these products though the expiry date is on that month. And as we know, expired or almost expired foods are in state of toxicated or poisonous rather. These malls are not thinking. By the way, did you know that BUY ONE, TAKE ONE is grammatically incorrect? :)
@magickat (382)
7 Sep 09
Expiry dates are only a guide and on items like chocolate it isn't a big deal. Your comment about expired foods being toxic or poisoned is only really applicable to fresh products like meat which can contain bacteria. But foods like chocolate and biscuits are fine, they do not go off the minute the expiry date is reached!
@kmaram (2535)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
Hi there, well yes everytime i go in store i always look for sale item or buy 1 take 1. I am a mother already and i need to learn how to manage or budget the money . Regarding food i always check the expiry dates of it, its better to be safe. They said that those food that nearer to expire they give discount to it. So you have to really be careful in choosing this item. Even those food that are not on sale or having discount i still check the expiry date of it, anyway hope i can make sense here keep on mylotting
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
Thank you for your response! =)
@tholitz (1127)
• Philippines
9 Sep 09
Hi anne25penn! I still believe that this is a good buy. Though the expiration is dated September 2009, I believe it is still consumable within 1-2 months after this date. And besides it is only September and you will have a lot of time to enjoy it safely. This is one of the method of the owner to consume the remaining stocks of their product. By offering something like this buy and one scheme, they will still manage to sell something out of these. Have a nice day!
@KaraKATAD (246)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
I absolutely adore buy one take one offers! Considering that I'm thrifty and such, I use buy one take one offers as an excuse to buy myself some foods. Actually, on chocolate, I think it's still edible even one or two weeks after the expiry date. Though, there was this time I ate a bad batch of chocolates on sale and I almost puked! I saw that there was white stuff on it but I thought that it was sugar or something. It turned out to be mold. D: But still, I love buy one take one offers and sales.
@cherrc (666)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
oh yes, the buy one take one products. not just the food but also other goods. definitely i make sure of the expiry dates before buying them. as for the clothes, well, it could an ideal gifts. i just hope that tge sellers would be honest enough about the expiry dates and quality pf their prpducts. ΓΌ
@jashoaf (298)
• United States
7 Sep 09
I do, and whether I pay attention to the expiry date depends a lot on what the product is. With chocolate I would not be concerned. It may dry out but it will not go bad.. I have only been burned once in my life with this approach. With items that may go bad, like meats or dairy products, I am much more careful.
• United States
7 Sep 09
I would not check the expiration dates on chocolate. Does not seem like a big deal to me. I am sure I have had chocolate that sits in my house that is past its expiration date, and I have not noticed anything wrong with these. Have you ever had expired chocolate? What does it taste like? Does it taste old or could it pass as fresh?
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
Hi anne25penn, I also like buying buy one take one items. this will save a cost, right? but I am also cautious at the same time. Before putting it on my grocery basket, I have to check the expiry date of it to be sure that I am still buying a product that is of good quality. It would be a waste of money when, after buying a product and when I open it at home it would have smell, or the quality is not good. That instead of saving some money, it ended on waste of money. So, checking the expiry date of any products should be put into practice.
@LdeL0318 (6481)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
I'm fond of buying things which are on sale especially if it's buy one take one. If it is food I'm buying, I always make sure that I check on the expiration date. It is of course expected that the reason why they are offering it as buy one take one is because it will expire soon. Just yesterday I bought a popular juice drink which is also on buy one take one. I checked on the expiration date and saw that it will already expire in the next few days. =)
@anaknitatay (1335)
• Philippines
7 Sep 09
these products are usually put on sale (especially in big dept. stores) because they have a hard time seling them especially when the expiry date approaches. When you buy these products especially the perishable goods be careful they might benearing expiry or are expired already. if the expiry is 2 weeks away and when you are sure that the item would be sonsumed within the week I do not see anything wrong with it it's a win-win situation but if you plan to store these products always look at the expiry date or for signs of damage on the packaging.
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
That's not good to offer buy 1 take 1 then the product is almost expired. I'm not really sure if there's a violation of the consumer act here but I think it is racketeering and it is good that you always check expiry dates. But these near expiration items if manipulated by syndicates can still be sold in public markets and the government should be vigilant about this.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
I rarely buy food that are on sale... because there is always a catch to it... either they are almost or already expired... or there is a certain damage in the packaging... it is illegal to sell expired food... and i guess that mall is trying to catch up on the end date... It is important to always check the expiration date... because even if selling expired food is illegal... other store still do it... and they should be reported to the proper government agency...
@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
6 Sep 09
I do check the expiration date on food...and I do use the buy one get one free A LOT. I do notice that I have saved a lot of money shopping that way...Not all places that do that are scamming us.
@jheLaichie (4439)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
oh i just sometimes hate those buy1 take1 products but still i ended up buying them. though they may have those expiry dates but i guess, it didnt do much harm if we just have to consume them right away. the expriy date is still not that far from what is written there, right?!? or i am just a total sale freak?! dont want to lose such oppotuniry of those buy1 take1 selling products. they are still great you know!!! jhelai
@rsa101 (13337)
• Philippines
6 Sep 09
These usually happens and many customers are fooled by this gimmicks that these Malls have taken so to have their products sold by their patrons. Well I do have one experience when we went malling we have this favourite snack item which we usually buy at the grocery at 4.50 pesos each . When we went to the department store it was sold for buy on take one offer at 9.00. We were almost gonna buy it but if you would notice it is not actually buy one take one as each is sold at 4.50 each. We commented about it and I think the next week they were removed from the shelves after maybe many have noticed the deceitful offer.