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Today’s reader question comes from J, in Oregon via New Jersey:
I know you said you used a co-op to order some of your kosher food, and that it turns out to be a pretty good deal in most cases. I’m wondering if you’ve ever used a website like kosher.com or aviglatt.com? We recently moved to Oregon for my husband’s residency and I am really having trouble finding the products I was used to [in New Jersey]. I was wondering if those sites might be a good deal or not.
Great question, J. Unfortunately I really don’t know the answer since I personally haven’t ordered from them. I have checked the prices on occasion and they seem fairly competitive. However, the shipping is expensive and if you’re not ordering in bulk, I think that jacks up the price per unit considerably.
For now, I stick to using the KC Kosher Co-Op (mostly for cheese, frozen veggies and frozen “convenience” items — although I try to keep those to a minimum), Golden West Glatt for my meat, and local shopping for the rest. If there is something that I really want that’s not available in one of those three places, I would probably just do without.
Do any of you have more first-hand knowledge to share with J? Have you ever used an online kosher “superstore” like kosher.com or aviglatt.com? What are your experiences with price, service and quality?