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Costco Hot Dog Combo switching to Pepsi

Here in the Seattle area, the switch to Pepsi was made a couple years ago, but everyone will be drinking Pepsi in the future.


Personally, I drink Coke and not a fan of Pepsi. When I do buy the hot dog combo, about 80% of the time I just give the drink cup to a family with kids.

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  1. no, no, say it ain't so,

    i'm sure there are an equal number of people who are thrilled.

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    1. I detest Diet Coke from the fountain, so usually get the Minute Maid light lemonade, But will be thrilled to get Diet Pepsi. My wife OTOH hates Diet Pepsi and likes Diet Coke, now she'll be drinking lemonade

      1. considering the vast quantities they go thru and the fact that every costco I've ever been to has had at least two soda towers or whatever they are called you would think they would offer a choice.

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        1. re: KaimukiMan

          No choice. Cola is a commodity product for Costco. Coke and Pepsi bid for the rights to be the exclusive cola sold at Costco. Pepsi had already taken over 2 of 8 Costco regions, and apparently are getting the rest.
          This isn;t just going to be at the food courts. Pepsi will replace Coke in the cans and bottle aisles as well.

          1. re: bagelman01

            As in: not selling Coke at all? My CostCo sells both, currently. Won't be buying Pepsi.

            1. re: pine time

              No, as in selling only Pepsi products in their "restaurant". You can still get Coke and Pepsi from the store.

          2. re: KaimukiMan

            North east costco's sell coke/diet coke. No plan in changing anytime soon.

          3. Yay! I am a Pepsi girl, and even more a Diet Pepsi girl.

            1. "No Coke, Pepsi!" Anyone else remember the SNL skit?

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              1. re: nlgardener

                When I took the Pepsi Challenge as an eleven year old back in 1982, I chose Pepsi. Also, the Philadelphia neighborhood I grew up in was a Pepsi neighborhood (they had a HUGE bottling plant near-ish by that employed a lot of neighborhood people). So Pepsi loyalism was bred into me early.

                And yep, I remember. "No Fries. Cheeps!"

                1. We've been having Pepsi for as long as I can remember.

                  1. Costco is all about giving the best value to it's customers, if Coke doesn't give Costco the best price, they're OUT! Costco just ditched Budwiser products for the same reason. I bet both get their act together and will be back at Costco soon.

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                    1. re: cstr

                      Idk... Apple hasn't returned.

                      1. re: ohmyyum

                        I think it is because Apple has truly unique product. For soft drinks and beer, though....

                        1. re: Tripeler

                          My idk was just in response to the manufacturers giving in to Costco's demands. When I asked why they stopped carrying the Mac books (right before I was about to order one) they said it was because apple had tried to insist that they not offer apple products at a lower price than any of its other authorized retailers.. and Costco refused and have not sold them since.

                          But you are right that the soda wars are a different situation entirely.

                          1. re: ohmyyum

                            Yes, you made a good point, ohmyyum. I think the issue here is that a manufacturer has a right to question whether the retailer can have so much power in dictating price points. As I have seen with Wal-Mart, low prices have some surprising cost effects in the long run, on the whole.

                        2. re: ohmyyum

                          Very different from a beverage.

                        3. re: cstr


                          More like the best money deal for Costco.

                          If they were really interested in giving the best value to it's customers, they would give them A CHOICE.

                          1. re: SWISSAIRE

                            It's not just the money. Around here, state vendors are forced to use Coke and are not happy about it. Their complaint has to do with service, not the price. Coke can't even be bothered to return their calls when they have an emergency, which is inexcusable.But they're not allowed to use anyone else.

                            1. re: SWISSAIRE

                              Costco will not continue with a vendor if they are not able to give the best and most competative value to their members. It's a win win win for Costco, it's members and the vendor who ultimately will sell it's product in substancial volume. I've seen Costco discontinue certain very popular beers 'cus they were not able to get the best price and thus could not be competative in their market place.

                              1. re: SWISSAIRE

                                True, true, and true!

                                Now when I must eat lunch at Costco, I buy a bottle of Coca-Cola from the machine and get a cup of ice. I'd drink root beer with my hot dog--if that were an option but it isn't.

                            2. Between coke and Pepsi, I prefer Coke. But if they switch to Pepsi, I'll just drink Sierra Mist or their orange flavored soda instead.

                              1. I can't believe they still don't have an iced tea dispenser, or rather fresh-brewed tea dispenser.

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                                1. re: EWSflash

                                  We want them to sell coffee at the food stand. Understand that big pots would get stale/burned, but we'd happily pay a buck if they had a Keurig deal--quick, fresh-brewed, no waste for them, and we'd happily have our joe.

                                2. They have been serving Pepsi instead of coke (at least in the Montreal area) for many years already!

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                                  1. re: westaust

                                    May have to do with Quebec being the only region in North America where Pepsi outsells Coke. Distinct society and everything ;)

                                  2. I grew up on Pepsi and it's what I prefer. Where I live, finding any restaurant now that serves Pepsi is close to impossible.

                                    Twice a year, I treat myself to a Big Gulp of good old Pepsi. No Coke... Pepsi.

                                    1. I retract my last statement! Costco is switching to Pepsi in New York. Hub's just got the memo!

                                      1. hate Hate HATE Pepsi. If they make the switch where I'm at, they'll sell two less hot dogs per month. OMG!!!!!!

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                                        1. re: laliz

                                          You don't have to get a drink, you know, or you can get one of the other sodas- just sayin'.

                                          1. re: laliz

                                            I've stopped eating hot dogs at Costco for the same reason--I hate Hate HATE Pepsi! If I were desperate for a dog, I'd buy a bottle of Coca-Cola from the vending machine!

                                          2. Give me the good old RC cola! Yum!!

                                            1. Anyone ever had this conversation?:

                                              Me: I'll have blah-blah food and a Diet Coke.

                                              Waiter: Diet Pepsi ok?

                                              Me: (Siiiiiiigggghhh) I'll just have water.

                                              Pepsi is taking over my entire city, but my understanding is that the local Pepsi distributor is a great community supporter - little league teams, donations to charities, special pricing for fundraising events, etc. The Coke people aren't so into that around here. And Pepsi gives a better price to small businesses. That's all great, but I still like Coke better.

                                              When I worked at the University, they made the switch to Pepsi - only Pepsi machines on campus, only Pepsi in the cafeteria, etc. I'd bring in my own 12-packs of Diet Coke, and several times I would be stopped carrying it to work by someone offering to buy a can off me.

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                                              1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                Total opposite :) I'd trade ya cities but I love Boise too much!

                                                1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                  I can't tell you how many times I've had that exact conversation! When I used to visit Las Vegas it was almost all Pepsi so I always carried a diet coke in my purse and would just ask for a glass of ice. Now since coke is about 50/50 with pepsi here, I've felt safe and moved here. Seriously, I always wanted to move here but the pepsi thing actually had a vote in my decision.There's even a website with a map of the strip hotels by pepsi or coke. My friends here know if they ask me to go someplace it better be a Diet Coke place.
                                                  But back to the subject of the OP, I sure hope our Costcos here don't switch. I go once a week just for a pizza to take home and a diet coke to drink while I wait.

                                                  1. re: NonnieMuss

                                                    My tastebuds aren't into community service--they like what they like, and what they like is Coke, not Pepsi. I'd bring my own cans!

                                                  2. When I drank regular, I preferred Coke but Pepsi was satisfactory. With diet, it has to be Coke.

                                                    1. Since I'm not a soda drinker, I thought I would mention that Costco will sub a water for the soda.

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                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        I like to use the fountain to just get a soda water plain. There is one that will give you just water [by the lemonade] and another one that will give you carbonated water... though I usually just leave the cup and eat the dog.

                                                        In the end I wish they would sell just the dog without the drink.

                                                      2. I never get the hot dog, but was really sad yesterday to have to get a Pepsi. Oh, well more calories saved on my future Costco trips.

                                                        Pepsi is going to rule the world- I hate that they dominate most of the area restaurants, hospitals, State Fair Etc.

                                                        1. mid april and we still have Coke in Honolulu

                                                          1. At their Reno stores, this switch also occurred a couple of years ago. I was told it was because Coke wasn't servicing the machines properly. Who knows? I do NOT under ANY circumstance drink PEPSI. I'm from Atlanta originally :)

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                                                              1. re: coll

                                                                You betcha! Actually "down there," it's just called "Co Cola."

                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                  Good to know, I'm going down this weekend. Don't want to look like a fool!

                                                                  1. re: coll

                                                                    As long as you don't say something like "soda," you'll be fine. LOADS of Yankees there now :)

                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                      I know, we're visiting a few; but then we're going to Albany. Saving my appetite for down there!

                                                            1. Still Coke here in Edmonton.

                                                              1. Well, it's happened here in Vegas, my worst fear, our Costco is now Pepsi. I spoke with the manager in the food/cafe area and he told me they are getting complaints about 60% of their customers. They also told me after a 30-60 day period (he thinks that's how long at least) each Costco will be able to choose which drinks they want from Pepsi but for the first time period all Costcos got the same drinks. He said the one thing being requested more than any is Diet Mountain Dew. Phew! That saves me as it's my 2nd favorite drink after Diet Coke.

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                                                                1. re: julesrules4food

                                                                  Oh my, never in my wildest dreams would I've thought I'd root for Mountain Dew :) Shiver.

                                                                2. Frankly, I don't like either one, or any of the other sodas they have there, but they've never offered unsweetened iced tea, so I'll get whatever diet cola they have (and I dislike the diet Pepsi less) so I'm looking forward to it- almost.

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                                                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                                                    Hmm, my Costco has unsweetened ice tea.

                                                                    1. re: EWSflash

                                                                      My Costcos (San Diego County) have unsweetened tea as a choice from the machines.

                                                                      1. re: Cathy

                                                                        I'm jealous, Cathy and c oliver. Never had iced tea here.

                                                                        1. re: EWSflash

                                                                          In the soda machines. Nestea unsweetened- Coca Cola product.

                                                                          Haven't gone to the food court in a while, but assume it will be Lipton-Pepsico product.

                                                                          1. re: Cathy

                                                                            often that seems to be sweetened lemon ( I think)

                                                                            1. re: enbell

                                                                              I'm diabetic and don't like artificial sweeteners, so only have unsweetened tea or soda water. If it's sweetened, I can't have it. Then I might complain here and at the store.

                                                                              1. re: Cathy

                                                                                got it, just passing on what I could recall. Managing diabetes of course is a serious matter!!

                                                                    2. Totally lame. They recently did this in Phoenix. I don't really care about the colas since I don't drink either, but the change means:

                                                                      1) no pink lemonade. I like pink lemonade
                                                                      2) no root beer. I love root beer

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                                                                      1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                        Not if you're running a business.

                                                                        1. re: treb

                                                                          Slightly lower costs don't mean much if you lose customers.

                                                                          1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                            I recall numerous similar statements here when Costco switched to the Kirkland brand hot dogs and Kirkland Polish dogs, in 2009.

                                                                            Within those posts were the repetitive 'it was so bad, I vomited it up/threw it away after the first bite' statements.

                                                                            If they lose customers over $1.50 product, so be it. They'll go back if it affects their bottom line.

                                                                            1. re: Cathy

                                                                              Their current customers stand in line for crappy hot dogs and pizza because they are cheap. It is hard to believe that sales will be impacted because of Pepsi.

                                                                              1. re: Samalicious

                                                                                Our Costco made the switch quite a while back and I'm the ONLY one I see who's not getting a soda of some type. I'm die hard Coke but I don't try to secondguess a company's business decision.

                                                                              2. re: Cathy

                                                                                Oh please. No one joins Costco for the hot dogs OR the sodas. I'm too lazy to look it up but I doubt that the food served drives the business even a little.

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  I recall reading in a newsletter that Costco claims one in every four customers entering the store has the hot dog combo......

                                                                                  1. re: fourunder

                                                                                    I have no reason to believe or disbelieve that. I seem to see a lot more pizza. We used to split a slice but the pepperoni is just so greasy so we switched to dogs. We think it's what retirees on a 'fixed income' eat!

                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                      Folks with $$$ to burn love a bargain too! Ha! In 1997 when our local Costco opened doors the CEO came to visit. All the businesses in the area were invited (& naturally invited to open their business memberships). We were charged for our hot dog. At the time my husband ran a flight school and we sold hot dogs in the barn on weekends for guest flight customers.

                                                                                      From big biz to small corner store everyone enjoyed the same hot dog from Costco that day.

                                                                              3. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                You cannot please everyone.....by your rational, they would lose customers if they switched back to Coke or any other brand as well.

                                                                                1. re: aynrandgirl

                                                                                  I seriously doubt that Costco is going to lose customers over the best dog & a drink with a refill deal anywhere. Plus, there are other drink choices offered, not just Pepsi.

                                                                            2. Horrible Horrible decision. I thought Costco had more class than that. Tallahassee Florida store now has P**si machines instead of the Coca Cola Company products. I will never again buy a hot dog there. I got so mad I walked out of the store without buying anything at all.

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                                                                                1. re: steakman55

                                                                                  Couldn't agree more, I have been in an absolute rage over this. Costco prides themselves on quality and now they serve that shit. Used to be the highlight of my weekend shopping, now I refuse to go there. Sadly, and against my will I am joining Sams. Costco, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Would pay $2 any day of the week for a Hot dog and a coke before I would pay $1.50 for a pepsi and a dog. Costco should have polled its members before making this stupid switch. Also the Turkey Sandwich sucks, you need to provide the sausage and pepper at all Costco's not just the ones in the NE.

                                                                                  1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                    Wow, if something like this puts you in an "absolute rage," I shudder to think what real issues cause :) I was told that the switch was made cause Coke wasn't providing good service on the machines. So from their standpoint it was "broke." And I think that sandwich is fantastic. And be assured that there are plenty of people who prefer Pepsi to Coke so I don't call it shit. To each his own. And I see almost no one passing up the Pepsi.

                                                                                    BTW, I checked my local Costco recently and the iced tea is raspberry-flavored. That's a no-go for me. But water is just fine with me.

                                                                                    1. re: c oliver

                                                                                      +1 on what c oliver says.
                                                                                      In fact, this post makes me think of one of Gilda Radner's best tunes.


                                                                                      1. re: c oliver

                                                                                        After following this thread for months, my localk Costco made the switch June 1. We were there on June 3 and I was thrilled to have a diet Pepsi. I don't like diet Coke from the fountain. They still had light lemonade for my wife, which makes her happy.

                                                                                        1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                          I think some here are ignoring the fact that Pepsi has a huge following. There's no bigger fan of Coke than I am (native Atlantan) but I'm not going to cut off my nose. Good grief.

                                                                                        2. re: c oliver

                                                                                          Agreed. What's he gonna do when he gets audited?

                                                                                        3. re: kinglouix

                                                                                          Really. You're going to pay more for the same or lesser quality products and shop at a different store because you can't get a certain beverage from a machine as part of a $1.50 snack that's an optional purchase. Really. Really?

                                                                                          1. re: Cathy

                                                                                            I find this strange, as well. Being Costco is the type of place where you don't have many choices between brands, (whatever they can get for the best price), I find it strange that people would be shocked by the switch. Coke wouldn't negotiate better prices, so they went for Pepsi. It's Coke's loss; I'm sure they'll have to start reconsidering their prices or their market.

                                                                                            1. re: liza219

                                                                                              Just an aside, for some reason the hot dogs there repeat on me. Does anyone else experience that phenomenon. By the Way I boycotted costco yesterday and went to Bojangles and paid $4.44 for a large fry and their legendary sweet tea, much rather give the extra $3 to pay for quality.

                                                                                              1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                What is Bojangles and do they sell toilet paper?!?!?!?

                                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                                  Fried chicken restaurant based out of North Carolina and only in the south. Best Sweet Tea out there, great fries, and the bacon egg and cheese biscuit with borounds for breakfast is probably the best $5 breakfast in the country. They do have a bathroom with TP.

                                                                                                  1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                    I grew up in Atlanta and have NEVER understood "sweet tea." Ugh. Another dealbreaker for me. Certainly not anything MY family served.

                                                                                      2. Ours (Hoover, AL) switched in the last month as we noticed on Saturday. I prefer diet coke but can live with diet pepsi. It would be nice if they had more tea choices like at Sam's. I don't go for their hotdogs (I prefer grilled as the mushy steamed dogs are not my gig) and their pizza is so greasy lately that we continue to just get a drink.

                                                                                        1. It's still a bargain meal. But it is no longer the high-quality bargain meal that it was.

                                                                                          I recommend trying the Polish-dog option. Some people, including me, believe it's a better product than the regular Kirkland dog.

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                                                                                          1. re: emu48

                                                                                            We've only ever gotten the Polish.

                                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                                              Unfortunately, in southern CT, the Polish dog disappeared from the Costco snack bar about 10 years ago.

                                                                                              1. re: bagelman01

                                                                                                Wow, that really surprises me. You'd think the NE would definitely have it if anyone does.

                                                                                          2. Noticed the switch today. Didn't care.
                                                                                            How many of these socalled foodies like New Coke??

                                                                                            That's way, way more surprising to me! ;-)

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                                                                                            1. re: Chowrin

                                                                                              You do realize "New" Coke hasn't been available anywhere since 2002, right?

                                                                                            2. Old thread, but the annoyance persists.

                                                                                              I like your technique, paying it forward. When they hand me the cup, I hold it up and say loudly "Anyone want a free drink?" You know, because it's Pepsi.

                                                                                              Interestingly (to me), almost no one ever takes me up on the offer. You know, because it's Pepsi.

                                                                                              I think Pepsi's global marketing strategy is simply to deny people a choice, since if they actually have a choice they'll choose almost anything else. So the Pepsi army invades and shoves the competitor's equipment out the door. Okay, maybe I'm letting my imagination get ahead of me.

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                                                                                              1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                Maybe no ones taking you up on the offer 'cus you may sound a little strange and their drink choices at Costco are fine. Pepsi didn't choose Costco rather, Costco chose Pepsi due to Coke's rising cost to Costco. In the end, Costco's customers get a great valued meal, so much that most people who eat there are not Costco members. Where else can you get a all beef dog and a 20 oz soft drink with a refill for 1.50? Answer; Costco.

                                                                                                1. re: treb

                                                                                                  Rare for me, but I just had the hot dog/Pepsi combo this week. I'm a Coke drinker, but, frankly, with the watered down nature of fountain drinks, I "forgot" I was drinking Pepsi. Just wanted cold and wet to wash down the 'dog.

                                                                                                  Related to nothing: there's a sign at our CostCo that they're adding a hot brisket sandwich at the end of the month for $5. Might need another lunch trip.

                                                                                                  1. re: pine time

                                                                                                    Ours has had that sandwich for a while. I've heard it's quite good and enough for two.

                                                                                                    1. re: pine time

                                                                                                      I just ate at our Costco in Alhambra, CA and had the same experience as you - the fountain drink with a lot of ice (and a little watery to start with) got the job done - midway through our meal, I remembered, "hey, this is Pepsi. oh well."
                                                                                                      The beef brisket sandwich was available, so I tried it. I wasn't impressed, but then again, we make smoked brisked on a Big Green Egg all the time, so I'm pretty spoiled. The brisket was dripping a bright orange oil, and there was a touch of sweetish bbq sauce flavour, and it was on a rather large cold bun. I liked the cole slaw. The sandwich was big enough for two not-so-hungry people or one person with a large appetite.

                                                                                                      1. re: khh1138

                                                                                                        Hmm, Mr. P. and I might split the brisket sandwich next time. Dripping with bright orange oil, huh? Doesn't sound very promising, though. But I perked up at "cole slaw," which I love & seldom make (Mr. doesn't like it).

                                                                                                        1. re: pine time

                                                                                                          Yes, they served the sandwich with the coleslaw on it, which is just how I like it - I had a pulled pork sandwich like that for the first time in a little BBQ joint in Memphis, and now that's exactly how I want my bbq sandwiches for the rest of my life. I'm a big hound for coleslaw too - I love it when I can get a good one that I haven't had to make myself. My sweet husband doesn't really like it either, which means I get a double portion when we eat out together. I'm so lucky!
                                                                                                          I wonder if they would heat the bun if you asked. It was startlingly ice cold - I'd be okay with room temperature, but that was just weird.

                                                                                                  2. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                    When they hand me the cup, I hold it up and say loudly "Anyone want a free drink?" You know, because it's Pepsi.

                                                                                                    Interestingly (to me), almost no one ever takes me up on the offer. You know, because it's Pepsi.

                                                                                                    No one takes you up on the offer because that's weird.

                                                                                                    1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                      Usually when I pawn off the drink I look for the group with kids or teenagers behind me. Teenagers generally don't turn down the drink.

                                                                                                      I just mention that I'm only getting the hot dog and don't want the drink. Would they like it?

                                                                                                      My evil plot is to hop younger kids up on sugar as I walk away with a little smile. lol

                                                                                                      1. re: farmertomato

                                                                                                        Sounds about right to me! I detest Pepsi and I'd offer my drink cup for free.

                                                                                                      2. someday they will realize their mistake and switch back.

                                                                                                        i mean coke will realize their mistake and costco will switch back.

                                                                                                        1. If polled 1.50 for a Pepsi and Hot Dog or 1.75 for a hot dog and a coke, the overwhelming majority would pay the quarter for coke, They didn't consider the customer.

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                                                                                                          1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                            Ok, let's make it a poll.
                                                                                                            Drink is secondary. I'll take the pepsi at 1.50.

                                                                                                              1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                                                yeah, it was a sad day when it went up from a dollar a few years back.

                                                                                                                1. re: knowspicker

                                                                                                                  From 1993 to 1997 at our local Costco, you could get additional hot dogs (when buying a $1.50) combo for $1.25 each.

                                                                                                              2. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                People are fleeing the Costco Food Courts in mas over this tragedy, quick get out of the way or you'll get trampled. This is an old thread, it's been done for a long time. No one is twisting your arm to buy the Pepsi, Costco has other soft brink choices.

                                                                                                                1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                  It's not about the customer and preference for Coke. Costco makes a point of maintaining the $1.50 price point for the hot dog and fountain soda. Hasn't changed here since they opened in 1993.

                                                                                                                  1. re: kinglouix

                                                                                                                    I'd pay more for Coke. If I get pizza, I go to the vending machine and get a bottle of Coke.

                                                                                                                  2. I prefer Coke products too, but at the end of the day, all this stuff is, after all, just fizzy flavored water. Some with sugar, some without. If it's the Lemonade, not so fizzy.

                                                                                                                    Coke (all products) has a roughly 40%+ US market share; Pepsi's is around 30%, more or less. So it's not like no one is drinking the lesser brand.

                                                                                                                    Throw the cup away if you don't like Pepsi products. Or get water. The Hot Dog alone is worth the buck and a half. Yeesh. This seething white-hot fury from some seems a little over the top.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: acgold7

                                                                                                                      Agreed. I get the cup and get water which is what I generally have with lunch anyway.

                                                                                                                      1. re: acgold7

                                                                                                                        Actually, I fill the cup with beer. Fuck 'em.

                                                                                                                      2. Fountain drink Coke and Pepsi bear little resemblance to the original products. I don't see it as a big deal.