By VICTOR E. SASSON
As if the $4.99 shipping charge wasn't bad enough, an online retailer used two large cardboard cartons and a dozen or more feet of "inflatable" plastic packaging to send me six boxes of organic black tea.
On the bottom of one of the cartons, Vitacost.com urged me to read about the company's "commitment to the planet."
Which planet? Saturn?
I've been a fan of mail order for decades to buy clothing from Lands' End and other retailers -- almost always with free shipping -- but in recent years, I have been going online to purchase food I can't find in stores.
I first found Newman's Own Royal Tea, an organic black tea, at the ShopRite in Englewood.
But when the store discontinued the item, I went online and found it at Amazon.com, where I purchased six 100-bag boxes under the retailer's Subscribe & Save program.
The last order cost me $2.96 a box with free shipping.
|I don't have a cat, don't do arts and crafts, and have no plans to move.|
But now Amazon.com has discontinued the Newman's Own organic black tea.
In an Internet search, I found Vitacost.com and ordered six boxes of individually wrapped tea bags, but couldn't get free shipping.
Each box was $4.42, including the shipping charge.
The shipping charge and the wasteful packaging are enough for me to make my first purchase from Vitacost.com my last.
|The bottom of the Vitacost.com carton.|