Having worked in industries that engaged in these practices (as a QC tech
in one!), I know that to be the case. "Against which specifications am
I checking *this* lot? Ours? Or, someone else's??"
I don't eat cream cheese. Nor the cheese cake that I make.
And, there's no guarantee that what it tastes like today
(with the vendor du jour) will be the same as what it will
taste like next time.
Do you really think they buy their milk from the same dairies
each time they bring in a batch to sell?
I make marinara/bolognese sauce in 16 qt batches. It takes
~12-14 hours for me to get an *idea* as to what it will taste like
after it WILL HAVE a chance to "sit" for a few days. I sure don't
want to drop "random-tomato-product" into the sauce and HOPE
that 12 hours later I *think* it will be worth the time and
When I moved here, it took me many months to come up with a new
Rx for my sauce because the tomato product vendor of choice
wasn't available here. That's a lot of wasted effort, cost and
Let's assume Kirkland's tomato products are BETTER than the competition!
Then, Kirkland decides to stop selling them. Where do I go to purchase
them? Do I now have to try all the other brands -- even the OBSCURE
ones -- in the hope of rediscovering Kirkland's supplier?
As I said, the "pennies" saved by buying a Kirkland-branded product
don't compensate for the risk in time expended using that product!
If Kirkland's TP disappoints me, I can throw it all out and I've only
"lost" that "one, disappointing WIPE". If Kirkland's trash bags
disappoint me (tear too easily), I've, at most, got one 10G bag of
trash to pick up off the floor -- and one box of trash bags to
discard. If Kirkland's "plastic cling wrap" disappoints, I walk
across the street and borrow some "Saran" wrap until I can buy
some at a non-Costco store.
Note that it's not that we're biased against Costco/Kirkland but,
rather, against house brands -- that, for the most part, originate
to meet a price point, not a "quality point". (You don't really
think Costco decided "No one makes toilet paper that is good enough
for our high standards! We'll have to offer our own brand in order
to meet the needs of our customers!").
So, we don't buy Kroger, Kirkland, TJ's, etc.
So, each time I make something like that, I have to do a "test run"
BEFORE the "real event"? And how is that saving me anything??
The Ghiardelli chips have worked fine for years. And, now that Costco
no longer carries them, we buy them from Sam's or the local grocers
(when on sale, they are cheaper than Costco's were). Buying "brand name"
lets us cut the ties to Costco when they can't/won't meet the price
point -- without our having to change quality in the products we buy.
I don't recall hearing the "Aldi" name, here. I think the major chains
are Whole Foods/Reay's, Fry's, Safeway, Albertson's. There used to be
"Abco" but they disappeared.
And, of course, all the various specialty stores that carry products
that the chains won't (e.g., we are sorely limited in the brands of
asian products that we can purchase at the supermarkets -- even the
I long ago decided Hunts tomato products were too "heavy" tasting.
I won't use them in any of my Rx's -- even if it means paying a much higher
price at a store farther away.
E.g., I needed tomato paste for the batch of sauce I made a few nights
ago. Costco carried the S&W ground tomatoes -- but only "kirkland"
paste. So, I stopped in at the Albertson's along the route home and
made my Contadina purchase, there.
Costco *used* to offer these products. But doesn't. Do I really think
their reason was because Contadina's products WEREN'T OF HIGH ENOUGH QUALITY??
It could be Amy is leaving that market. We've been watching availability
of "Amy" products (the chili, in particular) at OTHER (operative word!)
outlets in the months since TJ's started "having problems with their
supplier". We've had no problem obtaining it. Don't see the price
point moving (up or down) to suggest problems with profitability,
sales volume, etc.
The more likely reason is that TJ's wants a better price point based
on THEIR sales and its perceived value to THEM. Just like the
coffee flavored candies, canned bean salad, sherry, chocolate covered
almonds, nonorganic cauliflower, etc.
Maybe they just can't meet the payment terms. Maybe... ???
Regardless, by NOT being tied to an off-brand product, we can just
drive across the street and buy the products that we want THERE!
Never saw Copper River but I was buying Bear & Wolf and they went to a
Kirkland labeled can. it's still from Trident which owns Bear & Wolf and
from visual inspection is the same.
It's a little different than the Walmart house brands that usually say
something like 'The manufacturers of Gold Bond Medicated Powder deny all
responsibility and knowledge of this crap'.
We go to BJ's, similar setup. They have converted a lot of products to
their Berkley & Jensen brand. They are identical to the name brand and
a little cheaper. I don't hesitate to buy their brand. I've always
heard good things about Kirkland too. Have you tried them?
We don't buy any Kirkland-branded food products (SWMBO will buy their
frozen blueberries when fresh are hard to come by; and she turns her nose
up when forced to eat them). We used to buy a lot of chicken, there,
but went to regular supermarkets after one batch of Kirkland's "solution"
to that problem.
Over the years, our Costco purchases have steadily decreased in volume
and dollar amount. Typically, toilet paper, Kleenex (SWMBO doesn't like
Kirkland's tissues), Philly cream cheese, GM Cheerios (when I am feeling
nostalgic), Famous Dave's pickles, name-brand condiments, Fage yogurt,
Swift Premium (?) pork tenderloins, S&W crushed tomatoes (we no longer buy
tomato paste there because Kirkland has decided they can do it better
than the legacy suppliers), Hickman's eggs, etc.
Most baking supplies can be purchased for much less from regular grocers by
watching for sales. We pay much less for chicken than we ever did at
Costco by tracking sales. We buy Amaretto (for biscotti) in bulk at
the holidays for much less than Costco ever sold it (*when* they opted
to carry it!). We get bread products for less than Costco sells them
by visiting the "factory outlet store" down the road from us.
My attempt at Kirkland-brand bluejeans was very disappointing. I'm now
back to Levi's and Wrangler's at virtually the same price (by watching
for sales) but better quality.
If Costco went away, our food budget for some items would increase
(I'd make far fewer cheesecakes as buying that in 8 oz packages is
far too costly) but we wouldn't be stuck trying to find an alternate
That is what Tire Discount does for me. The other week my wife ran over
something and it bent the edge of the rim. I took a new rim to Discount
Tire and they removed the old rim and replaced it with the new one, also
rotated the tires and put the spare back in the trunk and replaced all the
jacking equipment that I had left loose in the trunk.
One day I was there getting the tires rotated and they fixed a flat for free
for another person.
Yes, we have a Discount Tire chain, here (with a store a block away from
this Costco) that has similar policies. When we purchased rubber for the
last vehicle(s), it was a toss-up on price and benefits between Costco
and Discount Tire. We opted for Costco as we interact with those people
more often (many of whom recognize us and/or know us by name) and the few
bucks the added buying affords us in our annual "rebate".
And, as we are *there* every week (not at the Discount Tire place down the
block), it makes this sort of thing (topping off tire pressure) more
convenient. The "cost" being a few extra minutes sitting in the car
while the tires are topped off BEFORE we go to park the vehicle.
[We don't do it AFTER our shopping as we typically have perishable
items that would like to get home ASAP]
I had the same thing over New Years. The little screen with the
kept running a message to check tire pressure. The tire shaped orange
on another part of the instrument panel wasn't enough warning. It was
weeks since I drove my Frontier. All four were a bit low.
Aluminum wheels can also cause pressure loss. I guess the aluminum
oxidizes breaking the tight seal between tire and rim. I've had it
happen a couple times on my car.
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I dont know where those sensors are located or how they connect from a
rotating tire to a wire???? I never had a car with them, and hope not to
ever have one. Just sounds like more worthless shit to cause problems.
However, I'd guess that wherever they connect to a wire, you can
probably just ground the wire to turn off the light.
On Wed, 06 Jan 2016 03:49:41 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
They can be quite handy to have. Tires, especially low profile don't
always tell you the actual pressure from appearance and I don't know
anyone that checks with a gauge every day. I had one go off on my
last car so I added some air. Next day, the tire did not look low,
but it was. The light tipped my off. Rather than put in more air I
went to the tire guy and he pulled out a big nail.
CRNG wrote: "Yeah, that's something else I noticed about the low-profile tires. I
really don't like them at all. Any opinions as to why manufactures
switched to them? I'm guessing they are cheaper. "
#2. Some handling advantages. Mainly better 0-60
A disadvantage of lower/wider tires is that they
require more aggressive alignment settings than
do narrower higher profiles to keep them going
in a straight line. Narrow tall tires concentrate
more weight in a straight-ahead, which naturally
straightens them out from a turn with less Caster
angle, for example. They also eat through snow
and ice more readily than those fat, tall wagon
wheels I see nowadays.
No. they are more expensive. They install them because people think
they are "sporty" Big honking "DUB" style rims with low profile tires
give you a more "direct" steering feel because the sidewalls don't
flex as much (is the theory). The reduced sidewall comliance makes
them ride like a plank wagon (is the reality), and any time you hit a
pothole at any speed they get to sell you a new tire AND rim because
the tire cannot protect the rim.
Out of the showroom, one tire showed a very slow "loss in pressure".
Could have been a defective transducer. But, more likely a rim leak, etc.
Brought car in to dealer ("Hey, YOUR TPMS is telling us the tire is losing
pressure; it's not my mishandling of a tire gauge!"). Initial test
showed the tire as good. Our insistence caused them to look at it longer.
Lady tech was tickled when she found it. Replaced the tire. No problems
in the months since then.
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