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Subject: Looking for a favor-please at least have a look
Date Posted: 6/28/2010 10:57 AM ET
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I am looking for Food Club Grated Parmesan, Romano, & Asiago cheese upc on the product here is 036800174542. The store that sold this product here has gone out of business. I see that there are still some stores out there foodcity, foodland, etc that sell Food Club items. I would love to get at least one case(or 6 in loose stock) of this for my mom. She loves this stuff and nothing else out there compares. I am willing to pay for the cheese & the postage. The RAOK would be your time & gas spent to help me out. Please if anyone would be willing to help me with this pm first before you buy anything, so we can work the details out. Or if anyone has any other ideas about trying to find this product please let me know.
Thank you



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Date Posted: 6/28/2010 8:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 6/29/2010 5:28 AM ET
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Thank you for your advice. The company will not help me.  None of the local stores here carry this product. Also I have looked for it online. This is my last resort. I told my mom that nothing may come of this, but at least I gave it a try.

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 12:22 AM ET
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Food Club brands are sold at Cash Wise. I tried their online ordering and the product doesn't come up but I will check the next time I am in there.

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Date Posted: 6/30/2010 1:10 AM ET
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Kimberly, we seem to run into this quite a bit with products we like. We usually start with eBay in their "discontinued stock" section and Amazon.com first but the best places we've had luck with are here:

http://www.buythecase.net/

and

http://www.overstock.com/

I did check these two but didn't see anything. I'd help out with some other places (and there are a lot out there) but I have a flight to catch here in a few hours and we're in the process of a cross country move. sad  Although I'd be happy to switch tasks with you! laugh

Here's an example of eBay's discontinued stock: http://shop.ebay.com/items/discontinued%20stock?_dmd=1&_sop=12&rvr_id=&keyword=discontinued+stock&geo_id=1&crlp=1909813733_9415&MT_ID=475&tt_encode=raw

Just type in a Google search for discontinued stock + your info. and go from there.

Our experience has been that if "buy the case.net" and "overstock.com" didn't have it then that's usually when we can't get it anymore. If this is very recent that you haven't been able to find it, give it a couple weeks, try them again, and then repeat periodically until you're ready to give up. There is a slight lag once an item has been discontinued to finding it's way to one of these vendors. And there are some who will actually put out a locator for you. However, if on the other hand the stores you were used to buying it at have been out for months now, chances of getting it are even slimmer. As soon as I notice a favorite of ours not on the shelf for several weeks to a month OR when there is no longer a tag with the product name and UPC code on the shelf, that's my red flag. From there we contact the store manager first because oftentimes they will tell us that yes *they* have stopped carrying the product due to low sales. Then we contact the company. Because if the company says the product is still in production they will tell you to "Ask your store manager to request it again or special order it for you." And any store can special order it. What it boils down to is whether they want to go through the time and trouble for 1 customer, 1 case, etc. or if they just want to blow you off.  If on the other hand the company says it *has* been discontinued, the sooner you catch it and start your search - the better your odds.

We have had an exception or two to though. One item I wanted one time was a suntan lotion. I kept looking and looking for - almost 6 months because it hadn't been showing up anywhere and there was supposedly still overstock available. But one day in early spring I decided to give it one last shot and all of a sudden we found it. I guess because it was seasonal but I was just tickled pink!

Good luck! I hope you find it.
Cheers! smiley



 

Date Posted: 6/30/2010 7:24 PM ET
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Looks like their stores are in KY, TN and VA... I live in Eastern VA and there are none within driving distance of me. I hope you can find it online.

Date Posted: 7/2/2010 1:40 AM ET
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I think Brookshire's and super 1 foods carries this brand..they're in East Texas where my parents live..I'm pretty darned sure I've seen Food Club on a label or two and she brings canned stuff down when they visit. think they used to sell hy-top then switched to this...not sure which states they're in though.I'll check and see if any stores in my area carry this brand - I have a foodtown and foodarama that I dont' go to very often so not sure what brand they have..

Date Posted: 7/6/2010 3:05 PM ET
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Bashas also carries food club brand, and Food City stores. Thats here in AZ.

Subject: update
Date Posted: 7/12/2010 8:18 PM ET
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Thanks everyone for the info. I am following up on some leads. No luck online though. I have not given up hope of finding the cheese. I know that it hasn't been discontinued-the store that sold it here was taken over by another store, so all of their old store brand(Food Club) items have been replaced by a different store brand.

Date Posted: 7/22/2010 10:59 PM ET
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I am still looking for you Kimberly. Cash Wise didn't have it, but I believe Sunmart, another store chain in town, carries the brand so I will check them next time I shop there.