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I am thinking about starting buying bulk from them, they will deliver to my house b/c I am about an hour from the nearest drop off. I am thinking of asking a few others if they want to join me and form a buying group. Has anyone participated or formed their own buying group? I'd like to keep it small, just me and 3-4 others. Any tips would be great! I'm wondering how good the CS is, how helpful they are, how hard the forms are to fill out and order each month, how smoothly deliveries go, ect. ANy tips that could help me out would be GREATLY appreciated!

Also, if anyone has any good feedback on the products they sell (Amy's Kitchen, ect.) I'd love to hear them! Espcially interested in juices and breads, and cereals!

Thanks, I posted in TAO, but didn't get any response!
 

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I've been buying from Ozark for almost 4 years. I'm in a buying club with about 10 other people so meeting the $300 minimum is no problem. In fact, we often surpass $1000 so get the price break. However, when I first started buying from them, it was just me and my best friend, and we rarely had a problem meeting the minimum. We each would order approx. $150-200 worth of stuff, but we rarely got everything we ordered. Ozark has improved over the years, but there is invariably one or more items in my order that is out of stock.
You'll get a monthly "Market News" with all the new products and all the sales for that month. All the item names are abbreviated so you sometimes have to consult their online catalog to find out exactly what the item is. You can place your order over the phone, via fax, or you can now do it online with their coopshopper program, but the latter costs extra and they haven't smoothed all the bugs out yet. Still, it's usable and convenient.
I find the Ozark staff and drivers very friendly and helpful. The forms are no big deal. Pretty simple actually. If you have to return an item, there's no fuss, you just must do it within 90 days.
Juices, breads & cereals: My favorite juice brand carried by Ozark is Lakewood, but there are lots of good ones, I'm sure. I make my own bread, but lots of people in my coop buy the Ezekiel bread, sorry can't remember the brand. The only cereal we buy is granola, and Breadshop wins that category hands down. Amy's Kitchen frozen meals are expensive to order through Ozark. It is cheaper for me to wait for Albertson's to have a sale on Amy's, then I stock up. I find that lots of items are more expensive to buy through Ozark than locally, some are about the same yet I find it more convenient to order them through Ozark, and some items are just unavailable locally or not available in the quantity I need: like organic oats, flour, and other bulk items. HTH
 

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I don't have any stores locally that have organic, the only thing at the Wal-Mart an hour away that I know of is organic milk. I do'nt even both b/c I hate going tot he SUperWal-Mart. I still haven't recived the stuff in the mail, so I think I'lll be too late to order this month. Hopefully I'll be ready for next month! I"d still like any reviews!

And for those interested, the website is www.ozarkcoop.com (I think!)
 

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I am thinking about starting buying bulk from them, they will deliver to my house b/c I am about an hour from the nearest drop off. I am thinking of asking a few others if they want to join me and form a buying group. Has anyone participated or formed their own buying group? I'd like to keep it small, just me and 3-4 others. Any tips would be great! I'm wondering how good the CS is, how helpful they are, how hard the forms are to fill out and order each month, how smoothly deliveries go, ect. ANy tips that could help me out would be GREATLY appreciated!

Also, if anyone has any good feedback on the products they sell (Amy's Kitchen, ect.) I'd love to hear them! Espcially interested in juices and breads, and cereals!

Thanks, I posted in TAO, but didn't get any response!
I actually belong to a coop that buys from the Ozark Cooperative Warehouse but have not participated in a year, before that I was participating in another group for five years. The prices are reasonable and often better than local, you get a wide variety of products, customer service is good, the driver who delivers is really nice, but I hated their ordering system when I had to place the orders for our group. From what I understand it is much easier now, and they have a new computer program for it.
I loved buying cheese from them and yogurt by the bulk, a lot less expensive for excellent quality merchandise. They also have a wide variety of Amy's products, Cereals (used to be a couple of pages of them), Juices, Knudsons (sp) canned drinks, and all kinds of trail mixes. I even bought chocolate!

Overall I was happy, but I haven't had time, money, time to participate. Maybe after this baby is born.
 

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I've been in an Ozark buying club for 4 years. Ozark isn't the problem, but some of the people in our group are starting to bother me. A lot of the things that I order (like my shampoo) they no longer carry. We will have a Whole Foods open next month so I probably won't order from the co-op anymore. It has been great since we haven't had a big hfs though.
 
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