I’ve worked in the corporate world for a good 10 years now and know from experience that you can’t simply trust what the salesperson is telling you. You need to research and weigh up any pro’s and con’s before we even consider buying.
What I didn’t know is that this is the same with buying from Coles, Woolworths, cafes, restaurants and other food and drink outlets. There have been numerous occasions where we have purchased items from Coles and Woolworths that were simply not as advertised.
What bothers me even more, is that people have a right to know what they are putting in their body without being misled or lied to.
I visited a restaurant in Sydney 2 days ago. I was looking at a vegetarian dish and asked what the mock meat was made from. I was told the mock meat was made from mushrooms.
I ordered the dish and proceeded to eat it. The mock meat was textured soy, not mushroom. Now, I’m trying to lower my soy intake and this pissed me right off. It is unethical. What if this was someone who was allergic to soy?
A few days ago I was passing a local takeaway on the way to work and stopped in and asked if they had anything vegetarian. Yes, I was offered a Marathon Vegetable Springroll. I was told it has cabbage and other stuff in it definitely vegetarian. I purchased and proceeded to eat it. It had a weird taste and then I could see little chunks of what appeared to be chicken mince.
I then jumped on the Marathon website and found that the only spring roll Marathon make contains a blend of vegetables and meat. Once again mislead. I confronted the person who sold this to me and was advised that she thought it was vegetarian because it had vegetables in it like cabbage. But did not actually know what else was in it.
So whether it be from pure ignorance or outright misleading and lying to people, the fact is that you cannot trust anyone you buy from. They do not have your best interests at heart. They are there to make a quick buck and that is it.
We’re now in a day and age where the consumer needs to be wary of everything before making a purchase. Trust has been eroded between the manufacturer/supplier and the consumer.
I can honestly not think of a single brand that I can trust right now. Cadbury, Nestle, Cisco, Patties, Nannas and OOBE to mention just a few have had some sort of damage control in the last year which destroyed consumer trust and confidence in the brand.
I bet most of us all had trust that frozen fruits from Patties, Nannas and OOBE were all safe to eat. Only to find that there was a case of Hepatitis A involving these frozen fruits from China and Mexico.
To top that off, OOBE is advertised and marketed as New Zealand based, it’s a pity that the fine print says the origin of the fruits is also China and Mexico.
- The next time you are selling something remember ethics and do the right thing.
- The next time you are buying do your research and do not believe a single thing they say.
- If it’s not as advertised return it immediately.
Chet Carter is an Professional Journalist of 25 years, but has worked with a range of businesses giving him in-depth understanding of many different industries.