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One Expensive Waffle

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I am always honest with you.  It’s just the way it is.

Like most bloggers these days, CSN Stores gave me the opportunity to review an item by providing me with a $40 credit.  I was excited, there were so many things to choose from! Then I started adding items to my cart to see what the shipping etc, would be.

I ended up going with a Waffle Maker.

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Here’s the price break down:

Waffle Maker

21.99

Shipping

7.95

Tax

1.20

International Fees

18.12

Total:

$49.23*

* US funds.

Turns out that on a very basic item, over 68% of my credit would go to shipping/international fees alone.  :( To get a $22 waffle maker to me, would cost over $27 in other fees.  I was pretty shocked and disappointed. I’ve bought many items from the States over the years and never had this experience. I understand taxes, duties, brokerage & shipping.  But for them to cost more than the product itself really irritated me.

Yeah, guess this is the one time it sucks to be Canadian. <—Never thought I’d say that.

I also had a few small issues:

1.  When I went through the checkout, my $40 credit would only apply against the item and shipping costs. ($29.94) so I had to call Customer Service and see what the problem was.  At first I as told that my credit couldn’t be applied against international fees, which I politely said was silly, a credit was a credit.  Luckily, I had a really nice lady named Michelle, who was able to help me out and get the credit applied properly.  Thanks Michelle! After all was said and done, my Visa was charged $9.73 CAD.

To be fair, I did some price comparison on Amazon.com and it would’ve worked out to roughly the same as CSN Stores. Although on Amazon, the product is about $7 more.

2.  When I originally placed my ordered on 08/02/2010, my confirmation said the waffle maker was going to ship on 08/05/2010 and be delivered no later than 08/24/2010. Great! Then on 08/05/2010 I got an email saying my shipment was being delayed and the expected ship date was now 08/10/2010. Then another email on 08/11/2010 with a new shipping date of 08/16/2010. On 08/17/210 I got an email that basically said they were contacting the Supplier to see what the hold-up was.  Soon after that my order shipped. The order actually arrived on 08/24/2010, which was the original date.  So, it did work out.

My overall thoughts are:

  • This is great opportunity if you’re a US citizen.
  • Customer Service – Good – Got credit issue fixed.
  • Shipping – Good – Item was here by the date originally promised.

The waffle maker itself is just what I expected.  I’ve been using it all week!  :)

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I’m not trying to come off as ungrateful, after all I was given a $40 credit, which I appreciate. I just wanted to provide my honest experience.

The Proctor Silex Durable Belgian Waffle Maker

This easy to clean nonstick griddle makes 2 delicious waffles at once. Power and preheat lights let you know when pre heated and ready to go.

Yes, having a waffle marker is a lot of fun.  I’ve made them pretty much every day this week, I think hubby is almost sick of them already. 😉 

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They’re just so easy and so delicious!  I’ve been using Roni’s Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancake/Waffle recipe with minor changes based on what’s in my cupboard.

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The first time I used the waffle maker I wiped it down and then lightly oiled it as per the instructions.   But after making a few batches some of the waffles stuck.  They came off with a plastic spatula but didn’t look very nice.  I’ve been adding a little bit of butter to the grill before making them now and it seems to do the trick.    Other than that, no complaints, am happy with the product.

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This morning’s batch:
 
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Topped with lots of fresh (and local!) blueberries & light syrup. Sad that we don’t have any real maple syrup in the house.  Would’ve made them that much better.

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Not that I’m complaining or anything. They were still pretty freaking amazing! :) Oh, and based on my ingredients, these 3 waffles were 8 WWs points – not including syrup.

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Complete with a lovely mug of Just Us.

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A few tidbits before I get on with my day:

  • Weighed in and am down another pound this week! Whoohoo!  Glad I’ve re-established the routine and am in full losing mode once again. :)
  • Anyone else notice the little phone symbol in their Gmail?  That would be Google Call, so cool! I tested it out and everything.  Called my Mom from the lap top.
  • The Big C is an awesome show.  I high recommend you check it out ASAP.  Found out about it through another local blogger, Jill – check out her tv blog at http://www.couchtimewithjill.com

Alright, lots to do…later peeps!

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