Where can I purchase good quality spices?
I am looking for a vendor(s) that sells good quality spices that is not Penzeys. I have issues with how they run the company and how they mistreat their staff, so I will not support them by buying their spices. Thank you.
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Sorry, Bill. No wanna talk.
The system in this country also gives me the right to choose to buy from another company if for any reason I no longer want to spend my hard-earned money at Penzey's. Though I would prefer that Penzey's leave their political views out of their newsletters, as long as they are willing to pay the price for their political stances, they have the right to continue down that path. I wrote them a letter expressing my thoughts about mixing politics with business communications to customers. I told them that if this was going to continue, I would no longer be purchasing anything from them, and I asked to be removed from their mailing list. I'm sure they read my letter, since they have deleted me from their mailing list. However, I did not receive any response from them. Apparently, campaigning for the party of their choice (or against the one not of their choice) is more important to them than customers or profit. If so, more power to them. As for me, there are plenty of other choices out there.
As to "if they have opinions, you'll never know." You will only "never know" if you have no desire to know. There is plenty of information out there about company policies that will tell you what their political leanings are if you want to know, some of which is regularly reported on the news. As long as they are not sending me unsolicited political rantings, I will most often ignore whatever political affiliations they may have and will shop there if they have something I want. On the other hand, I DO go out of my way, where possible, to shop with companies whose principles and views I find more in line with my own. I think that's only natural.
And YOU have the right not to care at all what Penzey's does and to spend your money where YOU wish! Is this a great country or what?
Time for another Penzey's Order. :-)
Love Penzey's - always fresh, great options. Will look at the Glassdoor reviews, however.
everything I have ordered from them is just the best smell and taste.
they also have some other cool stuff and say more is to come. cant wait.
Though I don't cook or eat Armenian food, a local Armenian grocery has become my best local spice store, along with a hole in the wall South Asian grocery.
Bill Penzey is known locally as a philanthropist and a supporter of humanist and progressive causes. (teacher's rights, marriage equality and many more.) He has used his catalogues to showcase all sorts of community projects and the people who run them.
I am sure that if you write a letter to him, you will get a personal answer. Also, if you are ever in Wisconsin, go to the Milwaukee Zoo and take a ride on the Penzey's Carousel.
I always point Penzeys fans to The Spice House as their products are exactly the same, but roughly 30% cheaper.
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If you disagree with Mr. Penzey's business practices (as many others do!), aim your criticism there. Not at the human being who deserves a chance to defend themselves.
Quick reminder of healthy commenting guidelines: BNBR, Be Nice Be Respectful.
GRAB EM BY THE P*SSY!
Nice background article on them in Food and Wine:
They are a small company in Florida, but have great spices from India. They only sell by the 1/4 lb online, but I called them and worked out bulk prices. their shipping is low too.
I also mail order from Vann's Spices www.vannsspices.com and have done so for years. You can buy from them in large or small quantities.
It's an amazing little store with spice blends and single spices from all over the world. I use her Argentine Steak Rub on everything from popcorn to salad dressing.
I don't have a local source like Susan suggests however I've been doing business with The Spice House (www.thespicehouse.com) for many years. Excellent quality, prices, selection and customer service.
Similarly, look for ethnic ingredients at the Indian, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, etc. stores, where a knowledgeable customer won't accept less than the real thing.
oops...forgot the link !