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Zaycon Fresh closed their doors on June 25, 2018–but that doesn’t mean there aren’t alternatives to Zayon Fresh–and to buying affordable, quality meats! This post will give 6 alternatives to Zaycon Fresh!
It is sadness and frustration that I am writing you today to let you know that one of my most FAVORITE businesses has suspended their operations, and, it appears, has gone out of business!
I’ve been telling you all about Zaycon Fresh for years because I’ve been a loyal customer for years–at least five or six! A couple days ago, I ran across a Facebook post that said they have suspended operations. The post–and their website–give no further information!
1. Zaycon suspended operations on June 25. They posted a notice on their website, but they shared very little else. Sadly, they have not sent out any emails to customers or blogging affiliates. Word of mouth is the only way people are finding out they have suspended operations.
2. No one knows if “suspended” means if Zaycon will ever resume business or not.
3. Thousands of customers (including me!) had pre-paid for orders that they will now not get. I urge you to immediately contact your credit card company or bank or PayPal (however you paid) and file a dispute for any and all Zaycon Fresh orders that you have not yet received. Please note that different banks and card companies will have different dispute windows and you could be looking at anywhere from 15 to 90 days before you’ll see the refund.*
*Because Zaycon kept pushing orders to a later and later date (this happened to me repeatedly over the last few months, and it was very frustrating!), there are some customers whose banks are refusing the disputes. I have heard from some customers that if they were able to prove that Zaycon had not yet delivered their product and were able to show the emails or other notifications showing the delays, then the banks still reimbursed these charges.
4. Bloggers who promoted Zaycon are just as frustrated as everyone else. Zaycon had a stellar referral program for all customers and a great affiliate program for bloggers. Not only does this business suspension cheats innocent customers out of their money, but they closed shop without paying out thousands of referral dollars. They also let their loyal truck drivers go without notice. In fact, some of their drivers were still making deliveries this week–without pay. (My mom got her final bacon order this way.)
Alternatives to Zaycon Fresh
I’ve long promoted Zaycon because I ordered from them regularly myself, and although their meat wasn’t organic, I felt it was high quality (especially their wild-caught seafood!), and it’s what I fed my own family.
You could not beat Zaycon’s prices, which, sadly, seems to have contributed to their demise. Offering customers such low prices again and again was not a sustainable business model.
So where do we go from here?
The following are some suggestions for where to purchase bulk meats online.
I’m still researching these myself, and I will let you know my findings here and in future blog posts/newsletters.
I’ve actually been a loyal Azure customer for years as well. They are based on farmland out in the Pacific Northwest but deliver by trucks all over the U.S. monthly.
Pros- They offer a HUGE selection of natural foods, including produce, canned goods, boxed staples, dairy, meats, and more.
Cons- While they are typically cheaper than Whole Foods and other health food stores, they are for sure pricier than what we were accustomed to paying for Zaycon meats. Buying in bulk and splitting with friends is definitely the way to go with Azure. The more you buy, the more affordable Azure becomes. I also always check out their sales and clearance tabs before ordering.
Check out Azure here.
Full discloser: Our family loves the idea of Butcher Box, but we’ve only tried them ourselves once. Why? Full transparency: the price!
We have been getting meat at such a good deal from Zaycon that we haven’t had much reason to look elsewhere–even when that meant we weren’t always getting the highest quality meat. Why? Let’s be honest: Sometimes “better” is the “best” when it comes to budget.
Pros- Butcher Box offers very high quality meat, and they deliver to your home!! They also sometimes offer sales, and the prices really aren’t ridiculous when you compare them to somewhere like Whole Foods. Also, shipping is FREE! Their meat is 100% grass-fed, their pork is heritage breed, and their chickens are free-range organic. Their meat is all certified humane and all free from added antibiotics and hormones.
Cons- The price. That’s really it. If you’re already used to buying organic meat at the grocery store, Butcher Box might even feel like a steal to you.
Want to try Butcher Box bacon for FREE? Now through July 8, 2018, they are currently running a promo where everyone who signs up for a Butcher Box subscription will get FREE BACON in every single order! Will and I are signing up for this one! Check out this deal here.
I’ve been a long-time customer of Tropical Traditions, but I’ve never purchased meat from them because…again…they are pricey. But they are pricey for a reason: They only offer the highest quality meat.
They also sell high quality coconut oil, palm shortening, eggs, and even non-toxic cleaning supplies (among other things).
Pros- They offer TOP quality products. They ship straight to your house. When you sign up for their newsletter, they offer some great deals and even free shipping occasionally.
Cons-They are pricey (but for a reason). They only offer free shipping occasionally.
I just checked the website, and Tropical Traditions is actually offering FREE shipping NOW through July 4! Use code 2018july. Check out Tropical Traditions here.
Warehouse Stores (Costco, BJs, Sam’s)
Like I wrote about in my books, buying in bulk is often (but not always) more affordable. If none of the above work for you, I recommend checking out the meat prices at your closest warehouse store. We’ve had a membership to BJ’s and Sam’s off and on for several years, and I’m excited that a new Costco is opening in my town next year. (Read my friend April’s review of Costco here and my review of Sam’s Club here.)
You will, without a doubt, get the highest-quality meat from your local farmers. Now, I can’t research the farms for you, but you can always check out a site like Local Harvest to find farms near you.
In the past, my husband and I have used tax returns to purchase up to 1/2 a cow! That meat lasted us a LONG time!
Your Local Grocery Store
If you’re used to the convenience of buying meat in bulk online, then it can sound like a bummer to go back to your local grocery store. But here’s a tip: When they mark meat down, simply STOCK UP. This is the best way to ensure the most bang for your buck.
Also, while I used to not get meat at ALDI (my favorite grocery store!) that has all changed over the past several years. They now offer organic grass-fed beef, wild-caught seafood, and even organic chicken. So if you haven’t visited an ALDI in a while, go explore their meat section. You might be surprised at what you find.
So while I’m SUPER BUMMED that Zaycon is closing (and especially that they have closed in such an abrupt manner while leaving customers and employees scrambling), I’m glad we DO have other options for where to shop online (and in person) for affordable and quality meats.