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Old 02-03-2011, 06:13 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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In the deli departments, bakeries and produce departments they have samples of meats, cheeses, various baked goods and fruits, in clear, domed covered dishes which often swivel open, sitting on an ice filled dish, if needed. They usually will have a container of picks next to it for people to use to get the samples. I've also seen pretzel sticks used for this purpose as well.
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Old 02-03-2011, 09:26 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Sam's and Publix does, but it's mostly on Saturdays when the stores are the busiest. Their purpose is to sell more of the foods they have samples of, so they want as many people in the store as possible.
I actually bought something once just because of the sample, so I guess the theory works.
They had samples of frozen breaded chicken patties...something I would never in a hundred years buy or eat- you know, those kind of patties made of pieces-parts?-but after I tasted it..I wound up buying it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Edmond, OK
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Sam's and Publix does, but it's mostly on Saturdays when the stores are the busiest. Their purpose is to sell more of the foods they have samples of, so they want as many people in the store as possible.
I actually bought something once just because of the sample, so I guess the theory works.
They had samples of frozen breaded chicken patties...something I would never in a hundred years buy or eat- you know, those kind of patties made
of pieces-parts?-but after I tasted it..I wound up buying it.
It definitely works. Sam's Club always seems to have samples our around lunch and dinner time. People are hungry and they take the samples, then it makes them want to buy more. When my kids were young I had to quit taking them around those times because they would taste everything and like it. So, if they would eat it, I would buy it, because they were both really picky eater, and would think I'd found something new they would eat. Once we got it home and I prepared it, no one would ever touch it.
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Old 02-03-2011, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Southwest Desert
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I've bought "new things" at times as a result of tasting samples. Lately though this hasn't been the case because the items have been pretty expensive. They just didn't seem worth the high prices.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:22 PM
 
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My daughter is terrible at liking the sample but not liking it at home. Perhaps I should get a toaster oven and serve her food in those little Dixie cups!

I know that the people who do the demos in Costco and Sams get paid a percentage of the amount of that product sold that day, so the ones that do a better job of convincing you to buy some are benefitting. They get paid a little above minimum wage to start with, but I guess the bonus is nice too. Something to consider next time you sample something you like!
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:28 PM
 
Location: North of the border!
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There was a time that we only went to Costco on Sundays around lunch. Besides trying new things we usually left full!
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I love Trader Joe's samples and often end up buying whatever they're selling.
Yeah, I love those Trader Joe's samples. Their prep and serve are is well managed. There are appropriate utensils, napkins and a waste receptacle. The ingredients, packaged items are displayed at the prep site -and- the person prepping and serving the food can tell you exactly where to find each item in the store.
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Old 02-03-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: The Hall of Justice
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My Trader Joe's sample counter has a little top-loading freezer and is next to the refrigerated section, so they just have everything you need right there. They always have nice combos of two or three things ... easy peasy. I wonder if they come up with their own ideas or if they come from a corporate kitchen.
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Old 02-07-2011, 01:21 PM
 
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Default Why to never try the free food samples at the store!

Do you know where that free food sample being marketed to you in the store has been?

Shopper Ingested Semen-Tainted Yogurt Sample | The Smoking Gun
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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After accepting Garcia’s offer of a yogurt sample, the woman immediately thought the sample tasted “gross and disgusting” and, cops reported, “said it tasted like ‘semen.’”
The woman said, “I spit it out on the floor many times cuz I was upset.” The woman recalled that when she talked to manager Catherine Flores, “she told me was a Greek yoghurt. People love it has lot of protein on it.
This is a horrible story, yet I can't stop laughing.
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