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Over the past couple of months, I've been buying a lot of groceries and other foodstuffs off of amazon. This isn't exactly new since in the past I've always ordered the odd item whenever there was a sale or a coupon and the prices were too good to resist, but it's become far more common lately. Part of the reason no doubt is that despite the fact that I seldom ventured out to grocery stores before, it's almost a certainty I won't set foot in one anytime soon. Add that to the fact that I was experiencing some food cravings and it's how I ended up with things like 4 boxes of frosted flakes, 12 packs of gummy bears, boxes of granola bars, a dozen bottles of honey roasted peanuts, and other mass quantity oddities. What's usually happened in the past is that I start to grow sick of whatever it is before reaching the end, but I'm tried to make sure my purchases

1) are of items I like that I won't easily grow sick of


2) Either don't expire or it's negligible whether it's a bad thing that they do. I actually like to leave gummy bears sitting out so they harden up a bit for instance.

In all of these numerous amazon transactions, I ran into the first hiccup yesterday. I had placed an order for 6 bags of shrimp chips.

Amazon has expanded its offerings into all sorts of areas and it's harder to find something they don't carry. On top of that, they actually offer some pretty steep discounts on items that normally don't go on sale very often, like those you would find at asian grocery stores. In this case, shrimp chips are pretty much what they sound like. Imagine a potato chip shaped like a small pretzel rod and slightly shrimpy flavored. I know that might sound appalling to have seafood flavored snackfoods, but it's actually quite spiffy. I don't run into it all that often since I'm even less likely to end up at an asian grocery store than I am at a normal one. When I saw that there was a 30% offer for all products from the shrimp chip company, I decided to score myself some. It wasn't exactly cheap either as 6 bags (14.1 ounces each) ended up costing $17 and change though the last of a shipping fee due to Prime makes up for it.

Anyway, I went downstairs yesterday and opened the box from Amazon to find not my shrimp chips but a Haan FS-50 Steam Cleaning Floor Sanitizer. I figured at first that one of my sisters must've ordered the thing and for some reason used my name to have it shipped. After all, maybe one of my parents had wanted the item and they figured by mailing it direct they wouldn't have to schlep it around. It wasn't until I checked amazon's order history, finding no steam cleaner, and the fact that the package tracking showed it arrived the same time my chips were supposed to have that I figured it had all been a booboo. In the end, I guess you have to consider it a net win, right? Instead of $17 in snack foods, I ended up with a one hundred dollar steam cleaner. I feel like someone who went on Lets Make a Deal and picked what was in the mystery box. It could have certainly been worse. At first I thought the steam cleaner was only useful to crazy hypochondriacs and germophobes who obsessively sought to eliminate microbes and bacteria, but upon looking at some of the reviews, it seems the gadget actually does a pretty good jump just cleaning floors and tile as well. Considering that the entire house as notta but hardwood floors and bathroom/kitchen tile, it might even be considered a kismet.

All of that said, I'm still sort of regretful about the shrimp chips.


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 4th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)

They have the shrimp crisps all over Asia and they are cheap and popular.

I would love to have a steam cleaner....Maybe I should order some shrimp crisps as well.
Mar. 5th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
Considering the amount of time you've spent in asian countries, I'm certain you've seen more shrimp chips than I ever will, though I've probably eaten more. I can't imagine they fit very well with a Western palate. The times I've had friends try it out it hasn't gone all that well.

The saddest part is that amazon is now sold out of shrimp chips and I coudln't buy more even if I wanted to.
Mar. 6th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
You could always try and make some....

I think the have the biggest variety of shrimp chips in Indonesia. I have never personally tried them as I am vegan....to me they smell horrible.
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