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March 26, 2012, 04:06:02 AM
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What do:
*Find cheap, high-quality ingredients, preferably locally-grown.
*$/lb must include shipping (I'm willing to drive up to 100 miles outside of Spring Arbor, MI [49283] for local pick-up). Must also include any additional fees/taxes.

Reward:
*Base reward - 1BTC to finder of best ingredient -- factors: produced by member of forum (high weight), cheapest cost (high weight), knowledge of which farm(s) ingredients originate from (high weight), quality (high weight), lowest commitment to buy (medium weight), locally-grown (medium weight), no interfacing with human beings required to purchase (low weight), organic (low weight)
*Additional reward - .5BTC if winner's product costs less than target cost per pound
*Recurring reward - 1BTC to winner each time ingredient is purchased in the future if offer still valid and no "better" ingredient found
*Runner-up reward - .2BTC to person who finds the second-best ingredient by end of contest
*Additional rewards will be... rewarded if you've done something extraordinary well beyond my expectations.

Total rewards expected to be paid: 9.6 to 13.6 coins + 4-20 coins per 3 months.

Additional rules:
*Rewards will not be paid until I successfully make a transaction with the organization with the specs the winner posted! (as in, if you say they'll give me almonds @ $2.50/lb shipped, but it turns out to be $3.15/lb shipped, you will not be paid unless it's still the contest-winner)
*The "best" ingredient is chosen at my discretion. I'll take the factors I gave into consideration and really don't care if you disagree with my decision.  Smiley
*Contest ends when I wake up on April 4th, 2012. Winners & runners-up will be selected within a day of the contest ending.
*If no products are posted which are below "Maximum Price," no reward will be distributed for that ingredient (with some possible exceptions...)

Follow the following format when posting an entry!
Ingredient:
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes):
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price:
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No):
Producing/Distributing Organization:
Link to quoted price & product (please use hyperlinks [like this], don't post a bunch of long URLs), and/or organization (if available):

Tips:
*Email & call. You may want to try nearby farms, first, or contact organizations which keep lists of relevant farms on hand.


Ingredients to Find
Almonds, whole, without shell (or whole + broken)
Target Price: $3/lb shipped
Maximum Price: $4.25/lb shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 150 lbs.
Should be locally grown? No
*Found @ $4.19/lb shipped*

Pumpkin Seeds, without shell
Target Price: $3/lb shipped
Maximum Price: $4.25/lb shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 25 lbs.
Should be locally grown? Yes
*Found @ $3.36/lb, packaged in Chicago, waiting to see where they originate*

Sunflower Seeds, without shell
Target Price: $1.80/lb shipped
Maximum Price: $2.10/lb shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 40 lbs.
Should be locally grown? Yes
*NO ENTRIES YET*

Honey
Target Price: $3.70/lb shipped
Maximum Price: $4.40/lb shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 50 lbs. (should be broken up into <10lb easy-to-pour containers)
Should be locally grown? Yes
*Found locally @ $2.25/lb including pick-up.*

--Packaging-- ("Made in USA" is a small plus)

"6lb capacity" Crush-Proof Boxes
Target Price: $.85/box shipped
Maximum Price: $1.25/box shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 500 boxes
Specs: Must be able to contain 6lbs worth of granola. The box must weigh less than 1lb. The box must not require any tools (less hands) to construct. (ETA: Yes, that means NO TAPE!) No dimension is to measure greater than 12 inches. For reference, http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-15094/Indestructo-Mailers/9-x-6-x-6-Indestructo-Mailers holds 3 lbs. of granola with little spare room. Boxes do not absolutely have to be crush-proof -- submit something more appropriate if you believe it to be.
*NO ENTRIES YET -- however, there's a good-looking candidate for bags @ https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=74053.msg823629#msg823629 -- keep it in mind when submitting entries.
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"10lb capacity" Crush-Proof Boxes
Target Price: $1.20/box shipped
Maximum Price: $1.50/box shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 500 boxes
Specs: See 6lb box, but modify for 10lbs Wink -- ideally, no dimension should measure more than 12 inches, but I will consider larger dimensions if absolutely necessary.
*NO ENTRIES YET (see above for link to bags which'll likely be used)*

3 lb. Bags
Target Price: $.15/bag shipped
Maximum Price: $.40/bag shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 2000 bags
Specs: This gets a little tricky... Must be able to contain 3lbs of granola (by volume, not weight!). Must be able to fit two of these bags into the 6lb winner's box. Must be reclosable. Should seal tightly -- quality is more important than price here. "Side-loading" bags would be great if the bags are "tall." Bags with features such as a gusseted bottom will be considered with more weight than a simple reclosable bag. The bags should be easy to load, easy to close, FDA-approved, keep the product fresh. and very consumer-friendly. For reference, http://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-1296/Poly-Bags-Reclosable/6-x-9-2-Mil-Reclosable-Bags barely fits 1lb of granola, and is not quite as durable as I'd like.
*Found good-looking bags @ $.37882 each*

5 lb. Bags
Target Price: $.20/bag shipped
Maximum Price: $.50/bag shipped
Maximum Quantity Purchased: 2000 bags
Specs: See 3 lb bag specs, modify instructions for 5lb bags. Two need to fit in the winning 10lb box.

*Likely invalid due to finding 3lb bags which should hold a bit more than 3lb*

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March 26, 2012, 04:07:01 AM
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March 26, 2012, 10:57:18 AM
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I will go to my local honey farm and get some prices Smiley

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March 27, 2012, 05:04:15 AM
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Ingredient: Honey
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $3 local pickup
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 60
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No, but close. ~130m away
Producing/Distributing Organization: Honeyflow Farm
Link to quoted price & product: http://www.honeyflowfarm.com/qs30/products.php?detail=1&pid=57

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Ingredient: Honey
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $2.25 local pickup
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 60
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): Yes. Only 40 miles away.
Producing/Distributing Organization: Craig's Hilltop Honey
Link to quoted price & product: Email

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March 28, 2012, 05:05:28 AM
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Ingredient: EMP04Z 3lb/5lb Standup Packaging Bags
Size: 7.625" x 11.75" x 4" / Dry volume 16oz/500g, Liquid Volume 48oz
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $.3936/each without shipping
Minimum Purchased: 1000/Case (500/Case for clear-clear)
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No, ships from Atlanta, Georgia
Producing/Distributing Organization: Sorbent Systems, IMPAK corporation
Link to quoted price & product: http://www.sorbentsystems.com/standupbags_order.html

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Ingredient: EMP04Z 3lb/5lb Standup Packaging Bags
Size: 7.625" x 11.75" x 4" / Dry volume 16oz/500g, Liquid Volume 48oz
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $.3936/each without shipping
Minimum Purchased: 1000/Case (500/Case for clear-clear)
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No, ships from Atlanta, Georgia
Producing/Distributing Organization: Sorbent Systems, IMPAK corporation
Link to quoted price & product: http://www.sorbentsystems.com/standupbags_order.html
Bag holding 1 lb = 108 sq. in. (6*9*2)
Suggested bag to hold 3 or 5 lb = 358.375 sq. in (7.625*11.75*4).

Don't see it holding 5lbs. Should be able to hold 3lb easily, given extra room, could make 5lb bags pointless, since I should be able to fill three bags @ 3.34lbs each. EMP04Z, 2 cases, = $/case of $343.60 /1000 = $.3436/bag. Shipping = $70.44

Total = $757.64 for 2k. 757.64/2000=.37882/bag shipped, below target price.


Good! Thanks! This entry invalidates my request for 5lb bags, unless someone can find a much better deal. Buying just one type would save a lot up-front.

If someone's doing boxes, please keep these bags in mind.

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March 28, 2012, 07:29:19 AM
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Ingredient: Pumpkin Seeds
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $3.36 shipped
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 20
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No.
Producing/Distributing Organization: Regal Gourmet Snacks Company
Link to quoted price & product: http://www.nutstop.com/pumpkin-kernels-pepitas-roasted-salted.html

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Ingredient: Sunflower Seeds
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $2.31 shipped
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 12
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No.
Producing/Distributing Organization: Bergin Nut Company
Link to quoted price & product: http://www.amazon.com/Bergin-Nut-Company-Sunflower-16-Ounce/dp/B001EQ4NWK/ref=sr_1_21?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1332920670&sr=1-21

(contacting company directly for bulk price on almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds.)

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Ingredient: Almonds, whole + broken
$2.74/lb free shipping on orders >$99
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 50
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No, ships from the Central Valley of California
Producing/Distributing Organization: Just Almonds Inc.
Link to quoted price & product: [Company] [Product]

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Ingredient: Almonds, whole + broken
$2.74/lb free shipping on orders >$99
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 50
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No, ships from the Central Valley of California
Producing/Distributing Organization: Just Almonds Inc.
Link to quoted price & product: [Company] [Product]
Hmmm I didn't realize "Whole & Broken" was its own grading category with "up to .2% foreign material in any order including but not limited to shell pieces, rocks, or twig material."

If you can find the free shipping code (I don't see it mentioned on their site, and shipping costs $60 using their estimator at checkout), these @ $3.79 a very fair price: http://www.justalmonds.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Nonpareil_Supreme_23-25

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mmmm, I know very little about almonds so I figured that was the right category Tongue

About the free shipping: I might have misread that as I clicked shipping on the bottom of the page (under useful information) and links to this page http://www.justalmonds.com/articles.asp?ID=57 . I thought this meant all products were shipped free but I guess I was wrong.

Without the free shipping however (if the shipping costs $60), I still beat the maximum price (albeit barely):

150 lbs * $3.79 = 568.5
Shipping           = 60
Total               = 628.5

So price per lbs would be $4.19/lbs including shipping. So maybe change my entry to that?

I can investigate further later.

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mmmm, I know very little about almonds so I figured that was the right category Tongue

About the free shipping: I might have misread that as I clicked shipping on the bottom of the page (under useful information) and links to this page http://www.justalmonds.com/articles.asp?ID=57 . I thought this meant all products were shipped free but I guess I was wrong.

Without the free shipping however (if the shipping costs $60), I still beat the maximum price (albeit barely):

150 lbs * $3.79 = 568.5
Shipping           = 60
Total               = 628.5

So price per lbs would be $4.19/lbs including shipping. So maybe change my entry to that?

I can investigate further later.
Alright, I'll contact them, too, to make sure there is no free shipping on $99+ orders. They say the product needs some specific icon near it to get the free shipping, but that icon doesn't seem to be on any of their products, so Idunno. Maybe it was something they discontinued and never bothered updating.

It's still a reasonable deal. I was paying ~$5/lb before. Thanks!  Smiley

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April 03, 2012, 12:22:49 AM
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Bump. Contest ends on the 4th.

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About the Sunflower: Unsalted, Salted, Raw?

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About the Sunflower: Unsalted, Salted, Raw?
Roasted preferred. No preference otherwise - it's easy to adjust for.

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April 05, 2012, 01:03:23 PM
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Contest has ended.

Payments:
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{NEED ADDRESS TO PAY!} wachtwood - 1BTC (1BTC for winning)

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April 05, 2012, 05:11:36 PM
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Ah no time left to wait for the responses of the businesses I mailed Smiley

Still, thanks for the prize Kluge, I hope the ingredients help you in your work (and you continue to use my supplier Tongue).

You can send the reward to: 14ZPpzmzD3rc9UUcN97metVa3bn571Fxoj
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If they do get back with you later and it's a better deal than what was found, post in this thread and I'll give you the payments for the "future use" prize when I order again.

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April 07, 2012, 07:10:07 PM
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Interested in having a package designed? I have done work for an international toy company and can make you a beautiful, functional, and low production cost design ready to send to the printers. I can also do logo design. FYI - you can get free shipping boxes of various sizes from USPS, shipped to your door if you use priority mail shipping. Some cost as low as $5 to ship in the US. PM and I will send you a link.

Ingredient: Sunflower Seeds
$/lb (with shipping & all additional fees/taxes): $1.99LB
Minimum Lbs. Purchased for Price: 50 ( I know this is more than you wanted but not much, and I think it might be the only way to meet your price point)
Grown within 100 miles of 49283 (Yes/No): No
Producing/Distributing Organization: Honeyville Farms
Link to quoted price & product: http://store.honeyvillegrain.com/sunflowerseeds50lb.aspx

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Bump, ran into this topic in my browser history.

Total rewards expected to be paid: 9.6 to 13.6 coins + 4-20 coins per 3 months.

@Kluge: At the time of this topic a 1 BTC fee for each recurring purchase was agreed upon (and a  ~3 month period was expected). Am I right in assuming you haven't bought any more ingredients?

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