I had just discovered this yesterday, so I was glad to have been able to participate and PastaDrop my sister with randomness, which actually is quite fitting due to our appreciation for the absurd! I’m excited for see what she gets! Best of luck in whatever future endeavors this entity decides to create.
@revmem looking back at the sales post. It doesn’t actually say that the random noodles will necessarily be part of the kind already sent. They could be using the random week to send out the pasta that they didn’t have as much stock of. So I suppose it is theoretically possible they have some macaroni in there somewhere.
I dare not send it to my wife to find out… Don’t wanta pasta point of no return. So sending to family member. May trade with them if they get something interesting.
This has been so much fun. I’ve pasta dropped friends who got 180 lbs. Dropped my family who are still reeling from the copious amount of noods they have to get through. Even convinced a decent number of friends to play along. This has been a hysterical little adventure. Thanks guys!
@KNmeh7 I also dropped a couple of times, myself and a friend. It’s a really cute idea, but they should have said right at the start that it would be between 10 and 100 lb. I dropped before they said that it could be a random number, this being a discounted site I never dreamed that I’d be paying $2 a pound for plain pasta. I love not knowing how much a person could receive, but if they said right at the start it could be as little as 10 lb, I could have made a better choice. I suspect all of the drops now will be around 10 lb because there’s no motivation for them to drop a large amount.
@KNmeh7 but that’s the fun of the “experiment.” If you only did it for you to stick up on your own drygoods then you missed part of the point.
I’m currently in a silly giddy mood because my brothers surprise pasta order is out for delivery and can’t wait to see/hear his reaction to a random box of pasta showing up and how much he might get. I assume his family will eat it too, at some point, but that’s not the point as much as the fun silly surprise from my standpoint lol. Maybe the apocalypse has made me desperate for outside entertainment so I’m easy .
That said, I also did prefer some for myself as well. First week I only got 10# spaghetti. Not the best deal but still a decent price overall for 10# delivered. Second (or 3rd?) I used the vmp coupon code for the first 100 of the day for a free order and just today got delivery of 40#s of linguini. So I’ve ended up with 50 pounds of pasta for $20 which is a pretty good deal in my opinion. And I’ve ordered this random one for more fun. Partly because I figured I’d they are done with the experiment they might clear house of ALL that they have left in the warehouse which might mean many big orders for another great deal that I can then share with friends/family/charity. It I might end up with 10#s lol. But it was fun and value for me .
My 10 lb drop of penne was last seen in grapevine on the 2nd. If I had a reasonable expectation that this would be 20 lbs or more, and maybe that it would arrive before August, I might order a drop direct to my 11 year old niece. If there are more pasta types possible, maybe that should be said, maybe even list the possible types, and you’d would probably get more people to order.
in for two. one for a friend, one for us. really hoping we’re getting more than 10 pounds this time, and kind of bummed I missed the window to pick from the pasta weeks pasta selections…but fate will decide.
Soooo I don’t think there is a rule against this, and Meh made the wildly inaccurate and outrageous assumption that I had friends to begin with, so maybe some strangers can use these. Shame the game is over though, I was hoping for Elbows or Buccatini.
Oh no! All good things come to an end, I guess. My pasta-loving office mate got 20 lbs. of penne rigate which was fun but not over the top. I hope my daughter gets a MASSIVE amount because she loves absurdity.
Hoping I get more than 1 box sooo bad. Need at least 4. Going to set a box on my parents porch, both of my grandparents front door, and hopefully a box for myself. Not planning on telling them anything and let them think wtf when they see a random box of pasta LOL
My sister was delighted by her penne (and her kids are making pasta jewelry out of it as I speak), so now my brother is gonna get some random pasta for his two teenaged boys to devour. I’m hoping my order number is prophetic and they end up with a near everlasting amount of unknown pasta!
I’m just curious exactly how many PastaDrop boxes were ordered and if they were worth having specialty boxes printed. Also, if there are extras when all said and done, will we be getting our meh orders in PD boxes? That would be confusing and exciting.
I ordered for a friend of mine whose family barely has enough to get by. She’s disabled and has three teenagers. I figure if anybody can use a random pasta drop, it’s them. I hope they get oodles of noodles.
Welp, I think I bought the rest… still had four more people I planned to send random amounts of pasta to. Time to head back over to the mehrathon and see what’s the best equivalent to 20 pounds of pasta.
If you have an UNUSED PastaDrop-site specific coupon (or are in touch with your recipient who has one) hold onto them. We’re discussing methods to allow this to be used elsewhere, though keep in mind it’ll be one-per account (give away extras with pasta it comes with).
@snapster thank you. Love the fun and excitement of this experiment, not to mention the bulk pasta that comes in handy for this modern apocalypse. Hopefully pastadrop, or something very similar, comes about again from the team. I don’t know if it was profitable for you guys or not but it was very cool and a great icebreaker to introduce mediocre to friends and family.
@snapster Thank you for this weird and awesome experiment! Reactions to the site from family members have been “Wait this is hilarious”, “Ummm for some reason I’m tempted by this?”, and “what a stupid idea that I adore”
Also, what a creative idea to keep people employed and to benefit people in need (Equal Heart). Kudos to you and the team!
@snapster It was fun to explain to my letter carrier what was going on. He was very excited and wrote it down. I hope he ordered. When he brought the second delivery of a hundred pounds of pasta my wife tipped him ten pounds of pasta. She’s more thoughtful than I am, obviously.
This fun experiment will be more fun when my kids actually receive the PastaDrop. What’s up with the vague tracking process though? My boys live in an apartment building and being able to have a heads up on the actual day the package is expected to get there would have been really helpful.
@iowajason if you enter the tracking number on USPS you can get updates on your phone when expected delivery day changes. You’ll only get 24 hrs notice or so because USPS only does the last mile delivery.
Reading back through, I’ve seen a lot of complaints from those who received 10-lb. shipments. But the only way to see the incredibly funny stories of someone being blitzed by 200 lb. shipments is for some people to get less than the value amount.
Let’s assume for a second that 20 lbs. for $20 is the price – including averaging packaging, shipping costs beyond VMP membership, web site development costs, customer support, carrying charges, etc. – at which Mediocre makes reasonable money on the ordeal (they’re not a charity).
If true (and it seems pretty reasonable on back of napkin), this means that for every 40 lb. box that goes out the door, 2 people must get 10 lbs. For every 100 lb. shipment that goes out the door, 8 people must get 10 lbs. For every 200 lb. shipment that goes out the door, 18 people must get 10 lbs.
Then we have to address the probability of getting larger shipments. So let’s just assume (no idea if this is anywhere near what they’re using) that the probability model is built such that for every 5 20 lb. boxes, there’s a 40 lb. shipment, and that for every 5 40 lb. shipments, there’s a 100 lb. shipment, and that for every 5 100 lb. shipments, there’s a 200 lb. shipment.
With that distribution, for each 200 lb. shipment you’d end up with 125 20-lb., 25 40-lb., 5 100-lb., and 1 200-lb. shipment. And 108 people would have to bear the 10 lb. burden so that others get more. These ratios can be adjusted, but in the end, there are a significant number of people who have to get 10 lb. shipments. Mediocre can’t just go to 20 lb. minimum, because then they don’t have anyone to balance the big shipments, and then they just go to straight sales of 20 lbs.
There was no guarantee that you’d get a super awesome value deal, it was $20 for a random amount of pasta. Looking back, I might have suggested that they enforce shipping to a different address than the billing address (to push the intended “send pasta to someone else”).
Was I disappointed to get 10 lbs. on my first 2 shipments? I would have preferred more. My tube-noodle shipments were out of whack with my string-noodle shipments, and I like tube-noodles more! But that was the price of playing, and 10 lbs. of pasta for $20 isn’t too far out of whack for a pasta lottery. Imagine if “random” meant they would ship you everything from a single-serving to a pallet-load?
The only other solution is to raise the minimum to 20 lbs., but then they’d be raising the price and we’d still see complaints that someone paid $30 for only 20 lbs., etc.
Bottom line - it’s a pasta lottery. Some people have to get 10 lbs. for others to get 100 lbs. Otherwise, it’s just a straight sale of pasta. I was a bit deflated after my first 2 shipments were 10 lbs. shipments, but it was fun nonetheless. I was excited when the ziti arrived @ 20 lbs., then 40 lbs. of linguine showed up. Before they nerfed the package weights on PB’s site, I saw that spaghetti appears to be 100 lbs. - it’s taking a vacation in Indiana right now. My sister got 40 lbs., my brother got 20 lbs., and my boss, my brother-in-law, and two of our friends still are outstanding, along with the 3 random pasta shipments I ordered. Some is going to food bank, some is going to a neighborhood bring-your-own-sauce pasta party (I think).
@yakkoTDI I saw that article, it doesn’t change anything even if break-even is the goal. You still have to cover all the same costs (packaging / shipping / IT / etc.), just removing a profit. And the core premise is still true - if <x> pounds is the break-even point for $20, then someone has to get less than <x> for others to get more than <x>. For people to get humorous amounts of pasta (10x), you’ll need a lot of people to get less than <x> to make up for it.
@katzchen mine hasn’t. Supposedly this past Monday was when shipping was going to start. I don’t know if it’s shipped and we haven’t been notified (going through different carrier so might not be connected to website right)… Or if it just hasn’t shipped yet.
Two shipments for my random order just showed up in FedEx tracking. Plus 3 spaghetti shipments trickled in, no damage. Life is good! (assuming quality of life is proportional to the amount of pasta in one’s possession).
If that is 200 pounds, as I expect, it means I paid $80 for 340 pounds of pasta. Which means my sister got 10 pounds, our letter carrier got 10 pounds, my wife and I got 40 pounds, and the local homeless shelter gets 280 pounds.
People getting all these shipments and once again, I get one. Seriously, pastadrop? Who wronged you as a child? And if over my two orders I end up with under 20# of pasta when all these xanax-white-wine housewife morningsave shoppers are getting hundreds of pounds, it might be time to realize this conglomerate isn’t for me.
I’ll cancel my VMP, become a member and buy shitty cosmetics if you actually send me a pasta drop, not a pasta drip.
@KNmeh7 I can’t say I’ve had the same experience. However none of the drops I purchased were for me. I’ve sent each one to a different address. The first one was 2 shipments totalling 20# sent to a family member, the second was one shipment of 40# to a co-worker. This one is to a friend. I’m really hoping it’s a fair amount.
@Willijs3 Just got notification from PastaDrop that my order has shipped. FedEx shows that they have received the package. I show only one package, but based on my previous experience with the spaghettini, there might be other packages PastaDrop is not telling me about. And since I ship to a UPS store, I can’t set up a FedEx account to gain additional insight.
@KNmeh7, as far as seniority vs. amount, you can see I’ve been a VMP since the beginning. I got 40 pounds of the spaghettini, 20 pounds of the penne rigata, and unknown amount of this order. And some fun; I kept 10 pounds of each and donated the rest to Martha’s Kitchen.
@KNmeh7@Willijs3 I dumped my VMP a while back due to my credit card being replaced and forgot to renew it so I’m just a lowly Member but I’ve been here since 2015 and got 10, 20 and 100lbs of pasta in the 3 drops I got
@whiskeyish Don’t be sad, that one pound box is probably a FedEx placeholder weight. It should update to the real weight sometime in its travels. Sometimes you won’t find out the weight of your pasta until it is delivered.
Also while looking at the other PastaDrops, the least amount that has been sent out is ten pounds. While ten pounds is not a big amount, by any means, it is larger than one pound
Mine arrived today. 33 pounds of pasta. 13 pounds of fettuccine, 10 pounds of ziti and 10 pounds of spaghetti. At least the fettuccine is in convenient 1 pound packets. The other two are going to a homeless shelter kitchen.
ad this to the 10lbs of free Spagehttini and 40lbs of Penne received by a friend and it’s been okay for the $40 spent. nothing exciting except for the switch to FedEx making the 100-mile trip to my home one of the fastest rather than the regular slowest by the old shipping methods.
For one of the shipments, I received one box, 33 lbs. In it was 13 pounds of fettuccine, 10 pounds of ziti, and 10 pounds of linguine. As noted a couple comments above, the fettuccine was in 1-pound packets, the ziti and linguine were in the same 10-pound bags.
First time ever the FedEx truck backed into my driveway, LOL. 9 of my 10 boxes were delivered. 297 pounds of pasta - not bad for $20. Assuming the 10th box will also have the template 33lbs but I will see tomorrow. OMG, what if that 10th “box” is really a pallet?!
@awk During the random drops, I placed 5 orders. One was delivered yesterday, another received its wheels last night and started on its way to the recipient in VA, and there are 3 more to shake loose yet.
Mine just shipped, and it is 1 box that is 1lb and the box is 6"x4"x1". I’m hoping there is more on its way, or my brother is going to think I’m crazier than he did before once he finds out it was $20.
@Kyeh When you create an account, you have to prove that you live at that residence. If you shipped it to a friend/relative/enemy it won’t work. But it’s useful if you get a lot of stuff shipped to your own house.
@chuegen I did see that some people got only 10 lbs. though - that would be a little disappointing since some got such a ridiculously huge amount - I think it would be a blast to get a lot, and then share it around!
my last two orders–one to my dog–have shipped. both show the placeholder values of 6x4x1 and one pound…hopefully it’s a nice bunch of pasta. our first order of penne–for us–was only 10 pounds, but friends we sent to got 40 of linguine and 20 of spaghetti.
I still can’t believe my sister in law REFUSED her 100 pounds of spaghetti. grrr.
Much better experience this time! 2 big boxes, looks like 2x10 lbs bags just labeled “pasta” (spaghetti, right?), 26x1 lbs packs of fettucini, and 2x10 lbs bags of penne. More importantly, only about 3 weeks to process and deliver instead of a month and a half. If the couple of orders I gifted are similar, I’d definitely do it again.
@Cerridwyn@MrMikenIkes oh, wow! That’s too bad. I had two delivery days with the ziti…but I’m the one who ordered it, so it was a surprise and it wasn’t. I had so much fun, I kind of wish I had sent some random to myself…but I have so much pasta already that I’m just living vicariously through my unsuspecting friend.
well, the reason it didn’t show delivered is apparently 7 more boxes came yesterday. Someone must have been there to let the guy deliver. I got a picture from the person who came in this morning to get something.
more pasta opening fun tomorrow.
gotta take your fun these days where you can.
I hope I hit the fettuccine jackpot lol. I was waiting for that one to be announced before the notice that the pastadrop end was here . Then I got excited seeing the first deliveries getting some fettuccine! My luck I’ll get only spaghetti or something in my order .
@eric1024 In further reading through the comments here, it looks like I may not be seeing the actual shipment weight/quantity because I shipped it to an address other than my own? I was really looking forward to seeing how much (pounds, I know I won’t know exactly what types) pasta they received
@togle I didn’t get the actual weight/quantity and I did ship it to my own address. Others have said that eventually the stats are updated to the correct numbers, but mine haven’t even after delivery, so not sure if that happens every time.
@eric1024@sammydog01 It feels kind of gauche to contact them and be like, “I sent you a donation! I did, I really did! Didja like it! Was it wonderful! I bet it was wonderful, right??? So, uh, what was it?”
Got the notification that my package (which I sent to my wife with a Happy Birthday message) had been delivered by Fedex to my front door. Weird, I didn’t see anybody walk up to my porch. Went out and looked and there was nothing there, though I did see on my Nest cam that a Fedex truck pulled up in front of a neighbor’s house around the time it said it was delivered. Texted the neighbor to see if she had received my package. In the meantime, I called Fedex to ask about it and they told me that they weren’t delivering it to my house, but to a local USPS facility for them to make the final delivery. They said that I should rest assured that the package was now in the hands of USPS, they guaranteed it. Well, shortly afterwards my neighbor responded and said that there were two large packages on their porch that “said something about ‘Hope you like pasta!’, and that we were lucky she liked us because she in fact did like pasta a lot!” (I will be sharing some with her for sure!). Retrieved the 2 large boxes from her porch.
Each large box had 2 smaller boxes inside.
Each large box contained:
1 x 10lb bag of Linguine
1 x 10lb bag of Penne
13 x 1lb bags of Fettuccine
So, I received a total of 66 lbs:
20 lbs Linguine
20 lbs Penne
26 lbs Fettuccine
My wife was not amused that I ordered MORE pasta on top of the previous 20lb shipment of Linguine!
The one I sent to a friend is due to be delivered on Monday, so we’ll see if he gets the same!
10 pounds of spaghetti
10 pounds of fettuccine
10 pounds of penne
I also bought the spaghetti and penne drops so the only new item was the fettuccine but that is the one my wife was hoping for so that is good. Thanks for the fun Pasta Drop. I figure the Roma company which services restaurants found they where sitting on tons of pasta with no restaurants to sale to when the Covid hit the fan so great idea grabbing some for us at a great price and while I am sad to see Pasta Drop go I am glad to see restaurants opening up again. Wish there was some way you could have gotten a hold of some of tons of milk they were dumping out that made my heart hurt to see that on the nightly news. Of course with how long Pitney Bowes takes the milk would have been so bad it would have turned to cheese at that point? Yeah, so thanks for sending this drop with Fedex and not that cluster fuck of a company you have been using lately.
2 final orders arrived today. Each was identical - 10 lbs. linguine, 30 lbs. spaghetti in 2 boxes for each. Looks like @bullrocky 's daughter ended up with the rest of the fettuccine that was appearing in the boxes earlier.
I hit the motherload! The motherload hit me! I was out of town for the weekend and returned to a whopping ~250-300# of pasta at my doorstep. My house-watching in-laws were afraid someone hacked our Amazon account. Quick to discover the culprit once I figured out the meh relationship. Nine larger boxes of two sub-boxes, each of the 18 sub-boxes containing 13-20# of pasta. The pastabilities are endless!
@Dakini@turk911 You are a genius, thank you for sharing this hack. For those who can’t get it to work, there is a separate search by order reference number, you can’t just paste your confirmation number in the usual tracking form.
@Dakini@turk911 This is awesome - thanks! I had no idea this was possible. Checked the order I sent to my friend (which was supposed to be delivered today, but now presumably tomorrow) and there are 5 packages!
So I’m not sure if I should be relieved or disappointed that I only received 1 box containing 33 lbs of pasta. 10 lbs Penne and 23 lbs of Fettuccine. Seriously relieved I’m not the person who received 10 boxes - lol
I ordered a drop sent to my workplace since hours are short and money is tight for a lot of us. 5 boxes showed up today. Our FedEx guy wasn’t happy! We only opened the top two, both were 10# spaghetti and 13# fettuccine each. Tomorrow we’ll open the other 3, let my coworkers take what they want, and the rest will go to a local food bank. If all the boxes are the same that’s 115 pounds of pasta in one order.
I also ordered a drop to my house which is 23# of fettuccine and 10# of penne.
My sister in law got hers today. 40 pounds of spaghetti. Seems like some people have gotten a lot more and at least a variety. Was honestly hoping they’d have at least gotten a variety. And of course more but oh well, not horrible I guess.
Big thud at the front door today. Fedex dropped off 20lb of spaghetti and 20lb of linguine. No tubes or fettucini booster packs. Outer boxes were crushed (one looked like it had burst open and was retaped). Everything fine inside. Thanks for dropping some pasta, PastaDrop!
Pastadrop victims got their drops yesterday… buddy got 40 pounds and my sister got 100 pounds. Both were gobsmacked, so mission success. Thanks pastadrop, this was fun!! When are we gonna do saucedrop?
13x1lb fettucine, 10lb penne, 10lb what I assume is linguine (bag just says “pasta”) and it was all in good shape too. I was really hoping for some penne since I missed out on that drop. Got the variety I was hoping for and a quantity I can certainly live with, which erases any lingering grumpiness about the previous 10lb drop.
My VMP Pastadrop of excitement was delivered yesterday. Inside the one large box were two smaller boxes, one containing a 10lb bag of penne rigate & six 1lb packs of linguine, and the other one containing a 10lb bag of spaghetti & seven 1lb packs of linguine. Total was 33lbs of Roma 100% durum semolina pasta.
I cooked up half a pound of linguine last night for dinner, and it seemed just fine for human consumption. Guess there will be more pasta dinners in my future.
Most of my random drops have been delivered to my unsuspecting family across the us:
-cousin got 100lbs of spaghetti
-Mum got 50lbs of assorted fettuccine, linguini and spaghetti
-Aunt got 40lbs
-grandma got 50lbs as well (She couldn’t lift the 2 big boxes without opening them and making multiple trips but she was very happy about all the pasta)
4 pasta drops for a total of 240lbs of random pasta!!
Looks like all of mine have been delivered now (I think? One still shows “Shipped” but it was smartpost and USPS dropped off already… so we’ll see!) and all of my victims have gotten their goods. Overall I got about 314lbs of pasta, across 5 orders, with the bulk being linguine (or spaghetti, can’t tell the difference and they just say “Pasta” on the package) and fettuccini.
I’ve gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised. Good job Meh team, can’t wait for the next experiment!
My front desk now thinks we’re crazy. 100# of pasta showed up here. All straight pastas (spaghetti/spaghettini/linguine, didn’t feel like disambiguating). Added to the linguine I’d ordered first, 120# of pasta for $20 total cause magic. Yes bot, it’s the a word.
I did a self-drop, and got 40lbs, which is nice. But it fooled me … there were 4 of the non-huge boxes. I let them sit in quarantine for a while and finally opened them up today. Each one had one package of pasta and the rest (more than half) of the space filled with sealed air packing. There were two linguini and two (I think) spaghetti. It’s odd that it was shipped this way. So: not a ton of variety, and a lot of empty space and illusory packing, but still 40 lbs mostly to give away. Maybe entirely… this was my third drop (but my first to myself) – I was given 10 lbs out of one of the others, both of which were 20 lbs each.
Sister got 40 lbs of spaghetti and thought it was from a creepy realtor until I asked what she was having for dinner. B-I-L got a total of 40# (mixed spaghetti, fettuccine, and thin spaghetti but he knew it was us immediately. Our friends got 100# of the same type. Not sure what and I don’t want to press too much because they don’t seem super thrilled by it and don’t know it was us.
A coworker of mine is hoping for another run so she can drop some pasta on her brother.
This was fun!
I think a Fed-ex driver stole the pasta drop to my friend in Baltimore. The left a door tag stating they would try to deliver the following day, then tracking says just a few minutes later it was delivered.
Talked to Fed-ex rep on phone and even they said it was suspicious. I just sent an email to support, i’m hoping they might have some leftovers they could send again laying around cause I’d much rather her get some pasta then a refund.