Berry Disaster: The Downfall of Shari's Berries
I’m compelled to write this critique.
Shari’s Berries is advertising heavily now for Valentine's Day. The television ads are spectacular. Big, plump, beautiful berries all dressed up for the day of love. Who wouldn’t want to receive a box of these treats?
The radio ads are even more graphic as talk show hosts describe the hugeness, the juiciness, and the luscious chocolate coverings. “They arrive fresh and cold,” they say. And only $19.00 for a box of this decadent treat, it beats flowers any day.
Sadly I received a box of Shari’s Berries for Christmas. First I noticed the smell. Yes, smell. I dismissed the fact that it wasn’t pleasant, rationalizing that perhaps it was just the shipping carton.
I opened the box expecting to be wowed by the beauty of these hand-decorated morsels. It was sad. A messy thing it was like it had taken a very rough ride. But I dismissed that too, figuring the carrier was not as careful as necessary. But that was not all. Some of the berries, well, most of them were quite small. They were a mismatched bunch of awful looking, smelly, shipping damaged objects. Unattractive doesn’t cover it.
Anyway, I tasted one.
Oh dear! They had little stems sticking out, and the berries were mushy, and yes, that accounts for the odor. They stunk. They were not fresh. They were terrible.
My condolences to Shari. She created a magnificent product several years ago. But her company was bought out by FTD the flower telemarketer, which is all you need to know.
I had to toss them, and that was so terrible an experience.
I am adding the following to this hub: This was the SECOND time I received these berries and both times they were just awful.