Checking the integrity of a product

So you are looking for a specific herb, let’s say oregano.

You are looking for oregano online and come across three different prices: 20… 5 and 1 euro/dollar/pound (whatever you have) for the same amount of oregano.

Why this price range? How much better can the oregano of the highest price can be from the cheapest one? They both smell like oregano, maybe the expensive one had a stronger smell, but is it enough to justify the major gap in the price?

Additionally… (something to really bake your noodle), can’t just anybody get some random quality oregano from the super-market, repackage it and resell it for a higher price?

Can you really know? Is there a way to check that? Is there a way to find for sure the integridy of the quality versus the price of a product?

Well, there are two ways.

First of all… ask!

Yes that’s right. The quickest and easiest way to find all the information you need about the origins of a product that you feel has a major price gap with its competitors, is to contact the company and ask them why is the product priced as such.

Should you do that, there are a few different responses that you can expect.

  • No response. In which case, that might be considered as a “red flag”. If the high price on a product is justified, why not explain why, to anyone interested to know? On the other hand, there is only one reason why you wouldn’t get a response and that is because the price is not justified.
  • Long repetitive answers that drag forever and don’t really answer the question. This is what you would for the same reason as above: the price is not justified! Someone just came up with a number and that’s what you have to pay. This seen in wholesale, where a company can import a large amount of low quality products and with the use of clever packaging resell the -low quality- product on a much much higher price.
  • And finally… our answer! We will tell you in detail, where our products come from, how they end up in our hands and how they are priced. We take pride in the way we operate and will go out of our way to make sure that every collaborator of Pangaea Products is satisfied and fairly paid, while our team gathers wild natural products in the most amazing way, from the most amazing places. We’ll be happy to share all the information with you.

The second way…

…it takes a bit longer, but if you really want to find out if you pay the right price, it is worth a shot!

Have a look at the package. It must -by law- state the place of origin of the product. So let’s say for example that you paid 20 euros/dollars/pounds for a small pack of oregano and it doesn’t really have the strong aroma that you expected. That’ can be rather disappointing! First of all, see where it comes from, on the package. Lets say… Greece. A premium quality product shouldn’t just name a country, instead it should be a bit more informative, e.g. Kalamata, Greece. If you can see only the country on the package… well, that’s a “red flag” too… because every location produces completely different varieties of the same products which has a major impact on the overal quality of each product. So let’s say that the package reads: Kalamata, Greece (just came up with a random location). Then… search on the web for the same product of that location and compare the given prices to what you have. There should be a localized price range that shouldn’t be very wide, e.g. Kalamata olives, are priced between 5-7€/kg (when this article was written) in which case organic Kalamata olives should be priced between 7-9€/kg. Which means… if you come across that very same product on a much much higher cost, e.g. 18€/kg you should be concerned.

There are of course some farmers who produce much better products in their area than your usual average, but they should be able to explain why there is a gap in their price. In which case, try the first method: ask them why.

Ask “us” anything you like. Go ahead.

We are happy to answer in detail any question you have about our products.

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