Skoal Quality Slips North Of The Border
WOODSTOCK, OHIO -- I am originally from South Carolina. I've been using smokeless tobacco since approximately 1994. When I moved to Canada I now have to import it from the States.
There are a couple of reasons for this:
1. The quantity in a "standard can" is about half the size of a can in the U.S.
2. The cost - a can half the size of a can in the states costs approximately 7.99 plus associated tax - usually 14%. If you are actually lucky enough to find a can of a "standard size" it's going to cost you 14.99.
3. The quality of the product is absolutely Sub-Par by comparison to what I can find in the states.
The quantity is just an inconvenience when you can only find the small cans, and the associated costs of purchasing the product is insane. What's most disgusting is the quality. I'd expect that if I am going to pay top dollar for something I get top shelf. It's a standard for Skoal products to be at least 2 months post stamped date on the bottom of the can. I can pick up cans of Skoal in the states that are 1 week off stamp.
Monday I went into my "normal store" as it is the only store I've found that has "standard-size cans". On Monday they did not have the "standard-size can" and I had to settle for the "half-size". I go back in today to get my fix, and they had "got a fresh shipment", according to the attendant behind the counter. I get my can, and am excited I might actually get some fresh 'chew', for once, in Canada. I get back to my truck, cut into the paper seal, and crack the lid. I am shocked, and sad to find that it's the usual dry powder that it normally is. I check the stamp on the bottom and it's 51/8 (For those not in the know that means the 51st week of 2008, and for those of you who are reading this and didn't pay attention to the date it was posted today is 09/9 - 9th week of 2009). I had just paid Fifteen dollars and change for a can of 10 week old, dry powder, chew.
I suggest if you are coming North to Canada, and you are going to chew bring enough to last the trip. I work up here so I bring back as much as I legally can, and usually run out before I make it back to the U.S. I long for the days I can run to ANY corner store and pick up a can of reasonably priced, fresh smokeless tobacco products.