I don’t let myself indulge in a lot of sweets, but not because I don’t want or crave them. Dark chocolate in moderation has been getting good press for years, the higher the level of cocoa, the better. However, it’s pricey. Since I already buy dry-goods groceries from Amazon (they’ve got lots of healthy, tasty Bob’s Red Mill products), I decided to see what kind of deals I might find on a dark chocolate treat. Way back on Jan 18, I placed an order for 55% cocoa dark chocolate candies at an amazing price: just under $4.50 for a bit over a pound! Let me tell you, in case you don’t pay much mind to the going cost of chocolate, this was amazing. And the chocolate pieces came in cute metal tins that I was sure I’d find a use for once emptied. My mouth watered in anticipation. What a swell delight this would be for the long, dreary days of winter.
The other items in the order soon came. But not the chocolate. On Jan 31 Amazon told me by email they “were still trying to obtain” the dark chocolate. If I still wanted it, they said, they’d “keep trying to find it.” Still want it?? FIND it?!? Um, I thought you HAD it, Amazon, as demonstrated by the fact you had a nice picture and description, not to mention took my order for it. I’m not the most tech-savvy soul, but I expect they don’t just cross their fingers and hope their supply meets their orders. I bet they even have some sort of computerized system with inventory and everything! In their correspondence, they went on to say that they’d cancel my order on March 2 if they hadn’t “located it by then.”
I’ve had many positive dealings with Amazon and frequently talk them up; this is the oddest thing they’ve ever said about an order. I picture an employee rooting around in over-crowded bins in dank storage rooms: “Where is that damn chocolate? I was sure I saw some back here. Oh well, maybe I’ll look again next week. Or the week after that. After all, we got all month!”
Dreaming of chocolate, I waited it out the entire month of February. It’s March 2. I’m not enjoying scrumptious morsels of chocolate. Oh, it’s a dark day.