Wednesday, September 28, 2005

That Didn't Take Long

I heard from Aveda regarding my attempt to get some free stuff for telling you how great their shave gel is.

The free stuff wasn’t my only motivation. I truly think this gel is a better alternative to regular shaving cream and wanted to let you know about it. Regardless, here’s what Myrriah, from Aveda wrote:

Dear Greg,

Thank you for visiting the Aveda website.

Although we appreciate your kind comments regarding Rosemary Mint Shave Gel, we do not provide gifts for customer comments, rather positive or negative. We apologize for any disappointment this may cause you.

Please do not hesitate to contact us again should you need further assistance.

For a greener planet,

Aveda Web Relations

I am disappointed. . . Of course I’m disappointed. In fact; I’m freakin’ devastated. But after my recent G4 boon I should count my blessings and move on. And to prove that there are no hard feelings I’ll avoid pointing out the fact that I think Myrriah may have wanted to use the word either instead of rather but that’s neither here nor there. After all I’m certain Myrriah responds to calculated, mercenary bloggers like me in several different languages each day while I can barely manage my own monolinguality.

I just can’t help but picture everyone who works at Aveda walking around corporate headquarters in remarkably similar, flowing, white tunics. They all speak to one another in hushed tones while gently smiling and nodding a lot. There’s soothing, new age electronica softly playing everywhere and the scent of freshly pressed homeopathic herbs wafts throughout the entire building.

Holy cow. I wasn’t that far off. Check out this link.

Considering how serene a company I imagine Aveda to be it would feel rude to suggest they could have at least sent a coupon. That aside, I should mention I do feel badly that I bashed Procter & Gamble a little while bolstering Aveda’s product. This is especially true when I know Procter & Gamble would have at least sent me a coupon if I had said something as equally positive about Gillette Skin Care Products.

Now I’m starting to get a wee bit pissed.

Horst M. Rechelbacher, the founder of Aveda is Austrian. Now I can understand why his sensibilities wouldn’t jibe with my American, lottery winning, something for nothing (or at least very little) mind set. But the guy’s bio says he lives in Wisconsin and New York.

I live in Wisconsin.

I’ve been to New York.

I've eaten Vienna sausages.

I make bazillions of dollars by selling Rosemary Mint Shaving Gel with a 500% margin to an easily duped, hype-gulping, brand-addicted consumer base.

Okay; strike that last one - but I would have sent a coupon.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

All I see was a cheap guy (I assum) who's anger about not been give a coupon!