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May 13, 2013 12:28 PM

Long lines @ specialty icecream shops due to sample "tasting".

Has it gone too far? Four people in a group sampling 4 flavors each X how many groups are ahead of you = annoying IMO. Can you imagine if restaurants followed this practice? I say "Take a chance, be surprised. You might even like it".

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  1. If I am going to pay $10 for a scoop of organic, naturally pasteured, humanely milked by an 11 year old verified virgin maiden from the left hind teat only, hand cranked with kosher salt and fair trade labor, you better believe I am going to have a taste.

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      LOL! Go on and hold up the line to get your $10 worth then.

      1. LOL...

        I've watched, on several occasions, a group of people (lots of adults not only children) who'll actually stand in line and put the counter person through unimaginable hoops to taste 10 different flavors and walk out the door with nothing...
        Only to say 'thanks' but 'no thanks nothing really tasted like something we'd like to buy'.

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        1. re: latindancer

          I KNOW!!!...they are lured to the specialty shops by the exotic flavors, then go around the corner to Safeway and buy a gallon of the house vanilla flavor.

          1. re: latindancer

            Or just take photos and leave. :)

            1. Most ice cream shops I visit have posted signs limiting each customer to 2 samples. I will sample if I'm curious about a new-to-me flavor, but usually I don't sample. I know what nutella/lemon/pistachio/etc taste like, and I trust that my ice cream shop is making a good product because it's been good every time I've been in the past.

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                1. re: mpjmph

                  I'm the same and rarely ask for sample but yes our local has signs limiting tastings.

                  I've seen some people totally blatantly asking for samples when they have no intention to buy, so rude!

                  1. re: helen_m

                    I also rarely sample either. I always feel like I am holding people up.

                2. I wish they would put all the taste/sample tables in one corner of the store at Costco so the "tasters" will just be in each others way. Honestly, have you ever heard anyone say after a "taste", "Oh my God this is excellent, where is it, I'm going to buy some right now!".

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                  1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                    Usually not at Costco, but I buy after a taste at wine shops ALL the time.

                    1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                      I did after tasting the product Blaze (balsamic glaze) on a piece of cheese. Bought it on the spot! At Costco, the demonstration company may be the same outfit but the products jockey for attention, limiting their space to one area would cause taste overload, be separated from the product for purchase and def. generate calls to the Costco home office.

                      1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                        Not at Costco but I have at TJs and at WFs.

                        1. re: mrbigshotno.1

                          I've purchased items after tasting them at Costco - most recently sausages, cheese, and crackers.

                          But I do agree about corralling them into a discrete area. Such a gigantic PITA to navigate around all the people snacking, stopping, snacking, stopping.