All Online Pet Supply Stores Are NOT Created Equal
The time before last, when ordering my usual product - Frontline Plus - online, I went with a lesser known company than I had been used to - because the price was better (by at least three dollars). When I received the product, however, to my surprise (and momentary alarm), it had been shipped from the UK (in UK-version product packaging and dosing measurements) along with a letter claiming (and I paraphrase) that the US prices on this product are not competitive; therefore, in order to provide customers with the lowest price, we are providing this British version. But, rest assured it's the same product that's sold in the US - made in the same plant, by the same manufacturer - just not in the same packaging. There was also a dosage equivalency chart included, assuring me that I had indeed been shipped the correct size tubes for each dog.
Then Mr. Chewy Exploded on to the Online Pet Food and Supply Store Scene
(Seriously, how can one go anywhere online these days and not see Mr. Chewy's happy cartoon face? :)
And in a stroke of really great timing, in addition to a $50 coupon to offset product cost, I was offered the chance to write an honest review of Mr. Chewy's services.
So I Ordered a Six-pack of Frontline Plus
This is why I'd do it again:
- The price was great.
At $69.99*, this was the best price online out of all major retailers of flea and tick preventative.
*I paid $19.99 out of pocket, after my $50 coupon was applied.
- 1-2-day express shipping is FREE for all orders $49 and up.
My order arrived on my front porch 24 hours after I received online order confirmation.
Does not smell like chicken
- I received the US-packaged product*, and it arrived in good shape (not squashed or tattered).
*Mr. Chewy actually discloses on their site that they "only sell USA Frontline."
- Ordering was pretty* easy.
*I did have one little snafu on the payment information screen. Because I am a dolt and forgot to enter my card expiration date, I received an error message. Unfortunately, the error caused the promotion code ($50 coupon) I had entered to disappear, but I didn't know it until the full retail price had been applied. Since, at this point, there was no way for me to edit my order, I had to call the customer service number provided.
The good news is that I was connected directly to a friendly representative who (after a brief inquiry about the alleged "promo" code I was using) was able to quickly apply the discount (which appeared in real time on my account) and send me on my way.
In fact, as stated on their home page, Mr. Chewy has:
"70+ brands of dog and cat food, treats and supplies...
and prices cheaper than the store!"They actually carry my brands of dog and cat foods (which are not available in the grocery store) at very good prices, and that, coupled with free express delivery to my door (about 65 lbs. of food, combined), IS VERY TEMPTING!
However, as tempting as it is, I live in a fairly large city and am a loyal customer of an equally competitive "mom and pop" pet food store (that gives back to animal causes in my local area), so I won't make the switch for food just yet.
If you live in a rural area or smaller city, though, and can't get your pet food locally, or only have access to expensive national chains, Mr. Chewy sounds like a fantastic resource!
Bloggers and Mr. Chewy Give Back
Use my referral code EVTK3667 when placing your first order and you'll get 10% off!
In addition, every time a first-time customer uses my code, Mr. Chewy will donate $10 (split evenly) to three animal charities:
Best Friends Animal Society
North Shore Animal League America
Pretty cool, Mr. Chewy!