I had just discovered this yesterday, so I was glad to have been able to participate and PastaDrop my sister with randomness, which actually is quite fitting due to our appreciation for the absurd! I’m excited for see what she gets! Best of luck in whatever future endeavors this entity decides to create.
@revmem looking back at the sales post. It doesn’t actually say that the random noodles will necessarily be part of the kind already sent. They could be using the random week to send out the pasta that they didn’t have as much stock of. So I suppose it is theoretically possible they have some macaroni in there somewhere.
I dare not send it to my wife to find out… Don’t wanta pasta point of no return. So sending to family member. May trade with them if they get something interesting.
This has been so much fun. I’ve pasta dropped friends who got 180 lbs. Dropped my family who are still reeling from the copious amount of noods they have to get through. Even convinced a decent number of friends to play along. This has been a hysterical little adventure. Thanks guys!
@KNmeh7 I also dropped a couple of times, myself and a friend. It’s a really cute idea, but they should have said right at the start that it would be between 10 and 100 lb. I dropped before they said that it could be a random number, this being a discounted site I never dreamed that I’d be paying $2 a pound for plain pasta. I love not knowing how much a person could receive, but if they said right at the start it could be as little as 10 lb, I could have made a better choice. I suspect all of the drops now will be around 10 lb because there’s no motivation for them to drop a large amount.
@KNmeh7 but that’s the fun of the “experiment.” If you only did it for you to stick up on your own drygoods then you missed part of the point.
I’m currently in a silly giddy mood because my brothers surprise pasta order is out for delivery and can’t wait to see/hear his reaction to a random box of pasta showing up and how much he might get. I assume his family will eat it too, at some point, but that’s not the point as much as the fun silly surprise from my standpoint lol. Maybe the apocalypse has made me desperate for outside entertainment so I’m easy .
That said, I also did prefer some for myself as well. First week I only got 10# spaghetti. Not the best deal but still a decent price overall for 10# delivered. Second (or 3rd?) I used the vmp coupon code for the first 100 of the day for a free order and just today got delivery of 40#s of linguini. So I’ve ended up with 50 pounds of pasta for $20 which is a pretty good deal in my opinion. And I’ve ordered this random one for more fun. Partly because I figured I’d they are done with the experiment they might clear house of ALL that they have left in the warehouse which might mean many big orders for another great deal that I can then share with friends/family/charity. It I might end up with 10#s lol. But it was fun and value for me .
My 10 lb drop of penne was last seen in grapevine on the 2nd. If I had a reasonable expectation that this would be 20 lbs or more, and maybe that it would arrive before August, I might order a drop direct to my 11 year old niece. If there are more pasta types possible, maybe that should be said, maybe even list the possible types, and you’d would probably get more people to order.
in for two. one for a friend, one for us. really hoping we’re getting more than 10 pounds this time, and kind of bummed I missed the window to pick from the pasta weeks pasta selections…but fate will decide.
Soooo I don’t think there is a rule against this, and Meh made the wildly inaccurate and outrageous assumption that I had friends to begin with, so maybe some strangers can use these. Shame the game is over though, I was hoping for Elbows or Buccatini.
Oh no! All good things come to an end, I guess. My pasta-loving office mate got 20 lbs. of penne rigate which was fun but not over the top. I hope my daughter gets a MASSIVE amount because she loves absurdity.
Hoping I get more than 1 box sooo bad. Need at least 4. Going to set a box on my parents porch, both of my grandparents front door, and hopefully a box for myself. Not planning on telling them anything and let them think wtf when they see a random box of pasta LOL
My sister was delighted by her penne (and her kids are making pasta jewelry out of it as I speak), so now my brother is gonna get some random pasta for his two teenaged boys to devour. I’m hoping my order number is prophetic and they end up with a near everlasting amount of unknown pasta!
I’m just curious exactly how many PastaDrop boxes were ordered and if they were worth having specialty boxes printed. Also, if there are extras when all said and done, will we be getting our meh orders in PD boxes? That would be confusing and exciting.
I ordered for a friend of mine whose family barely has enough to get by. She’s disabled and has three teenagers. I figure if anybody can use a random pasta drop, it’s them. I hope they get oodles of noodles.
Welp, I think I bought the rest… still had four more people I planned to send random amounts of pasta to. Time to head back over to the mehrathon and see what’s the best equivalent to 20 pounds of pasta.
If you have an UNUSED PastaDrop-site specific coupon (or are in touch with your recipient who has one) hold onto them. We’re discussing methods to allow this to be used elsewhere, though keep in mind it’ll be one-per account (give away extras with pasta it comes with).
@snapster thank you. Love the fun and excitement of this experiment, not to mention the bulk pasta that comes in handy for this modern apocalypse. Hopefully pastadrop, or something very similar, comes about again from the team. I don’t know if it was profitable for you guys or not but it was very cool and a great icebreaker to introduce mediocre to friends and family.
@snapster Thank you for this weird and awesome experiment! Reactions to the site from family members have been “Wait this is hilarious”, “Ummm for some reason I’m tempted by this?”, and “what a stupid idea that I adore”
Also, what a creative idea to keep people employed and to benefit people in need (Equal Heart). Kudos to you and the team!
@snapster It was fun to explain to my letter carrier what was going on. He was very excited and wrote it down. I hope he ordered. When he brought the second delivery of a hundred pounds of pasta my wife tipped him ten pounds of pasta. She’s more thoughtful than I am, obviously.
This fun experiment will be more fun when my kids actually receive the PastaDrop. What’s up with the vague tracking process though? My boys live in an apartment building and being able to have a heads up on the actual day the package is expected to get there would have been really helpful.
@iowajason if you enter the tracking number on USPS you can get updates on your phone when expected delivery day changes. You’ll only get 24 hrs notice or so because USPS only does the last mile delivery.
Reading back through, I’ve seen a lot of complaints from those who received 10-lb. shipments. But the only way to see the incredibly funny stories of someone being blitzed by 200 lb. shipments is for some people to get less than the value amount.
Let’s assume for a second that 20 lbs. for $20 is the price – including averaging packaging, shipping costs beyond VMP membership, web site development costs, customer support, carrying charges, etc. – at which Mediocre makes reasonable money on the ordeal (they’re not a charity).
If true (and it seems pretty reasonable on back of napkin), this means that for every 40 lb. box that goes out the door, 2 people must get 10 lbs. For every 100 lb. shipment that goes out the door, 8 people must get 10 lbs. For every 200 lb. shipment that goes out the door, 18 people must get 10 lbs.
Then we have to address the probability of getting larger shipments. So let’s just assume (no idea if this is anywhere near what they’re using) that the probability model is built such that for every 5 20 lb. boxes, there’s a 40 lb. shipment, and that for every 5 40 lb. shipments, there’s a 100 lb. shipment, and that for every 5 100 lb. shipments, there’s a 200 lb. shipment.
With that distribution, for each 200 lb. shipment you’d end up with 125 20-lb., 25 40-lb., 5 100-lb., and 1 200-lb. shipment. And 108 people would have to bear the 10 lb. burden so that others get more. These ratios can be adjusted, but in the end, there are a significant number of people who have to get 10 lb. shipments. Mediocre can’t just go to 20 lb. minimum, because then they don’t have anyone to balance the big shipments, and then they just go to straight sales of 20 lbs.
There was no guarantee that you’d get a super awesome value deal, it was $20 for a random amount of pasta. Looking back, I might have suggested that they enforce shipping to a different address than the billing address (to push the intended “send pasta to someone else”).
Was I disappointed to get 10 lbs. on my first 2 shipments? I would have preferred more. My tube-noodle shipments were out of whack with my string-noodle shipments, and I like tube-noodles more! But that was the price of playing, and 10 lbs. of pasta for $20 isn’t too far out of whack for a pasta lottery. Imagine if “random” meant they would ship you everything from a single-serving to a pallet-load?
The only other solution is to raise the minimum to 20 lbs., but then they’d be raising the price and we’d still see complaints that someone paid $30 for only 20 lbs., etc.
Bottom line - it’s a pasta lottery. Some people have to get 10 lbs. for others to get 100 lbs. Otherwise, it’s just a straight sale of pasta. I was a bit deflated after my first 2 shipments were 10 lbs. shipments, but it was fun nonetheless. I was excited when the ziti arrived @ 20 lbs., then 40 lbs. of linguine showed up. Before they nerfed the package weights on PB’s site, I saw that spaghetti appears to be 100 lbs. - it’s taking a vacation in Indiana right now. My sister got 40 lbs., my brother got 20 lbs., and my boss, my brother-in-law, and two of our friends still are outstanding, along with the 3 random pasta shipments I ordered. Some is going to food bank, some is going to a neighborhood bring-your-own-sauce pasta party (I think).
@katzchen mine hasn’t. Supposedly this past Monday was when shipping was going to start. I don’t know if it’s shipped and we haven’t been notified (going through different carrier so might not be connected to website right)… Or if it just hasn’t shipped yet.
Two shipments for my random order just showed up in FedEx tracking. Plus 3 spaghetti shipments trickled in, no damage. Life is good! (assuming quality of life is proportional to the amount of pasta in one’s possession).
If that is 200 pounds, as I expect, it means I paid $80 for 340 pounds of pasta. Which means my sister got 10 pounds, our letter carrier got 10 pounds, my wife and I got 40 pounds, and the local homeless shelter gets 280 pounds.