Tuesday, July 27, 2004

finderguy.com gripe
i found this website from apartmenttherapy.com that claims it can find anything you want in manhattan for no cost.  it sounded like the coolest thing ever.  so i went over to the site and typed in what my coworker has had the most trouble finding: okinawan sweet potatoes.

next day i get a reply:

Hello Rich, thank you for using FinderGuy. This store was the only one that says that they have Okinawan sweet potatoes. We spoke with Francine, who explained that their Okinawan sweet potatoes cost $2 per pound. We hope this helps, Rich, and if you go to this store, please mention FinderGuy. Thank you.
nice!  so i tell my coworker who goes there the following week and... 

no okinawan sweet potatoes.  here's my reply:


I told my friend who's been looking for Okinawan sweet potatoes in the city (but couldn't find them anywhere on the East Coast) that FinderGuy found a place in the city that had them.  Naturally I was ecstatic and together we shouted "FinderGuy is the best thing ever!"

However, when he went to the store, there were no Okinawan sweet potatoes to be found!  Francine wasn't there, but another guy in the produce section said they didn't have them.  They only had regular sweet potatoes.  He said that Francine must have meant regular sweet potatoes.  He wandered around and looked everywhere but he could not find them himself either.

Needless to say, it was a waste of time.  And although FinderGuy seems like a neat novel service, we will never trust FinderGuy ever again.


conclusion?  never trust finderguy with asian food.

UPDATE: i got a couple of really, really nice e-mails from the ladies running finderguy.com (go figure why it's called finderguy).  they apologized for the confusion and since it's a relatively new service, there are bound to be kinks that need to be fixed.  i imagine i'll be using finderguy again if there's another obscure item i'm desparately trying to find (their database of stores is crazy).  but if you use it, be sure to double check with the store itself!


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