Starbucks is pulling a Fast One

I drink Starbucks coffee. It’s not that horrible, and if I find a shop that isn’t too busy, the experience isn’t too bad either.

I have eaten their food as well. At most, it’s meh; at worst it’s cardboard.

Recently, having gotten feedback that their place smells like McDonald’s because of all the breakfast sandwiches they were making, the Bucks cut back on the sandwiches and introduced some other breakfast items. Namely fancy pants oatmeal and a multigrain bun. Apparently the oatmeal is a big hit as well.

Well I liked to tell you something about that oatmeal, and I’ll do it slowly so that everyone understands;

Don’t think that it is some fancy, hand crafted oatmeal….it comes from a pouch! The same pouch that you get from a package of Instant Oatmeal from a supermarket. All they do is add a little packet of dried fruits and sell it to you for $3.25!!!

Here’s an idea….goto the supermarket, buy it all yourself (spending about $5-$6) and you’ll end up having the same delicious oatmeal for 12 days for the cost of getting a barista to pour the packet and the hot water into a cardboard cup for you TWICE!

One might say to me, “R&R…why don’t you do the same with coffee” my answer to that is threefold:

  1. I like their coffee and I do not want to drink the shit-tar at the office
  2. I don’t like having to make coffee at home and then try to drink it on a crowded, shaky subway
  3. And finally, unlike their coffee (which they put SOME effort into) this stuff comes from a packet YOU CAN BUY AT A WAL-MART!!

See what I am saying…this isn’t any kind of ‘Artisan’ oatmeal you are getting. It’s pre-packed low level consumer grade crap.

Stop being sheep people.

  1. #1 by OneManconga on September 25, 2008 11:57 am - 11:57 am

    “And finally, unlike their coffee (which they put SOME effort into) this stuff comes from a packet YOU CAN BUY AT A WAL-MART!! ”

    Can also be bought at Walmart

  2. #2 by RnR on September 25, 2008 12:01 pm - 12:01 pm

    You know what I meant….

    The coffee is still Starbucks coffee. But they are trying to pawn off this oatmeal as high quality artisan shit.

    Don’t make me come down there David….

  3. #3 by FatalVisionz on September 25, 2008 12:22 pm - 12:22 pm

    I agree with you. Why BUY THAT EXPENSIVE STUFF. Folgers Is Better!

  4. #4 by RnR on September 25, 2008 12:25 pm - 12:25 pm

    God damnit…..

    Now I gotta dig up the script that blocks you friggen AAX employees!!

  5. #5 by OneManconga on September 25, 2008 12:40 pm - 12:40 pm

    Pooh Bear sound grumpy.

  6. #6 by OneManConga on September 25, 2008 8:12 pm - 8:12 pm

    Ah, I see what you’re saying.

    A service-vendor is preparing and selling an item for an inflated price, when one could go to a Big-Mart, buy for a cheaper price, and prepare for onesself.

    My God! I wonder if any other restaurants/cafes are doing this same deed.


    If only there was some was some way that we the consumer could choose not to buy the produce that we deemed unworthy of our coin.

  7. #7 by Weesa on September 26, 2008 8:00 am - 8:00 am

    LMAO! You guys are ruthless and relentless. I LOVE IT! 😀

  8. #8 by Monstu on September 26, 2008 9:31 am - 9:31 am

    Not to pile on here but…. I’ll try to put this in a format you can understand.

    TO: Pot
    FROM: Kettle
    RE: Your comments
    You are also black.

  9. #9 by RnR on September 26, 2008 9:51 am - 9:51 am

    I see what you are all saying…I get it. I am ranting from an unstable ‘elitist’ high ground about a different side of the same coin.

    I get the sarcasm.

    My point is this…if an establishment like Starbucks, which doesn’t schlep itself to the masses in the same way that Dunkin Donuts/McDonalds does, cannot put the effort into an item to make it WORTH THE PRICE, then they are no better even though they believe they are.

    Call me a hypocrite…but I have a pretty good idea that I am on the reality side of the looking glass here.

  10. #10 by Weesa on September 26, 2008 10:06 am - 10:06 am

    “…Starbucks, which doesn’t schlep itself to the masses in the same way that Dunkin Donuts/McDonalds does”

    Do we live in the same city? Is there not a Starbucks on every corner, and don’t they all have lines of customers out the door? Do you know how many Starbucks are in NYC alone? Count them here. There’s even a guy who went to 171 Starbucks IN MANHATTAN in one day.

    Just because they don’t advertise on TV doesn’t mean they don’t “schlep to the masses.” They sell themselves as being more upscale than say Dunkin Donuts, but if you think they’re not schlepping, you might as well buy that expensive oatmeal you’re ranting about.

  11. #11 by RnR on September 26, 2008 10:30 am - 10:30 am

    They don’t advertise on TV
    They don’t have celebrity spokespeople
    They don’t have stupid commercials with mind numbingly stupid songs
    They don’t have giant billboards with stupid slogans
    They attempt to sell independent music
    They sell the NYTimes at their stores
    They try to promote fair trade in coffee and supply clean water technology to Africa

    But by selling packets of oatmeal and charging a premium for them, they ARE BECOMING like their competitors.

    My point is that they SHOULDN’T be doing it this way, and we (as mindless sheep) shouldn’t let them.

    We have to hold companies that want to promote themselves as ‘a step above the rest’ to the actual standard of being on that step.

    THAT’S my point!!!!

    I don’t care how many freaking stores there are! I don’t care that ALL restaurants by low and sell high. I care that this company portrays itself in one way and then screws us like all the rest. It’s about ACCOUNTABILITY! It’s about DOING what you say and SAYING what you do!

  12. #12 by pixie on September 26, 2008 10:42 am - 10:42 am

    Ya know, it’s always interesting to see how much people will pay for the exact same product based on the location of the sale.


  13. #13 by dubya dubya 3 on September 26, 2008 11:30 pm - 11:30 pm

    What if Starbucks did a cross-promotional thing with World of Warcraft? Some level five monkey-butt wizard saving coffee-bean harvesting peasants from a level 8 oatmeal dragon? Would that make you happy?

  14. #14 by FatalVisionz on October 1, 2008 12:39 pm - 12:39 pm

    If you too hate starbucks I would suggest joining this group. People from all over the US that are rallying together to get starbucks shut down in their part of the country. DOWN WITH STARBUCKS

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