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Vitacost (dropped Limbaugh sponsor) backpedaling already?
my commentary (plus link to Vitacost Blog) ^ | 3/6/2012 | self

Posted on 03/06/2012 3:32:38 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe

Vitacost dropped Rush Limbaugh as a sponsor yesterday. Seems that the company is already trying to backpedal after receiving tons of negative feedback.

Yesterday's message:

We’d like to address an issue with our radio ads -- one of which aired on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. To put it frankly, Mr. Limbaugh's recent comments have been unsettling, and many of our fans have voiced concern that Vitacost endorses these views. These comments are definitely not in line with our brand values, and in listening to our fans we've decided to remove our advertising from the program.

And today's soft reinterpretation:

Here at Vitacost.com, our goal is to take the cost out of healthy living by offering thousands of healthy products at affordable prices. To promote this mission, we launched a national radio advertising campaign in January that airs on many different programs, including the Rush Limbaugh show. As a result of the derogatory comments Mr. Limbaugh made on his program, we decided to remove our advertising. We appreciate and support Mr. Limbaugh’s right to voice his opinion, just not how he delivered his message. Our decision was in no way a statement about Mr. Limbaugh’s or his listeners’ political views, but rather his lack of respect for another human being. Vitacost.com takes healthy living very seriously, and we believe that respect for others is a huge part of that healthy lifestyle.

Thank you,

David Zucker, CMO

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PS: If you're on Facebook, "Like" Vitacost. I have been dropping bombs every time they post a new entry on their Facebook page!

PPS: see the last message I posted to yesterday's thread (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2854873/posts) -- I did some comparisons between Vitacost and other vendors who were mentioned. Swanson and iHerb came out on top; Puritan, close second.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Health/Medicine; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: fluke; limbaugh; rushlimbaugh; sandrafluke; sandytheslut; sponsor; vitacost
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1 posted on 03/06/2012 3:32:46 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe
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To: goodwithagun; Josa; kcvl; Marie Antoinette; A. Patriot; El Cid; Cricket24; spacejunkie2001; ...

ping


2 posted on 03/06/2012 3:33:57 PM PST by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: NewJerseyJoe

That wasn’t much of a backpedal.... More like a sidestep ...


3 posted on 03/06/2012 3:36:54 PM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

The competitors to those who abandoned Rush should be sharpening their advertising ideas and stepping forward to pick up Rush’s huge audience base.


4 posted on 03/06/2012 3:38:00 PM PST by harpu ( "...it's better to be hated for who you are than loved for someone you're not!")
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Emailed Shari’s Berries (owned by ProFlowers) yesterday and told them I was dropping their company from my gift list. Hate that because I love their chocolate covered cherries. I don’t agree with what Limbaugh said, it was crude and uncalled for, but I do defend his right to say it.


5 posted on 03/06/2012 3:38:00 PM PST by redangus
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To: NewJerseyJoe
About "healthy lifestyle"........sex on the pill might protect you against pregnancy BUT NOT against diseases???

Bunch of not too bright chicks at Georgetown.

6 posted on 03/06/2012 3:38:55 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Does anyone know how to contact the adm here?


7 posted on 03/06/2012 3:40:59 PM PST by forbushalltheway
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To: forbushalltheway

admin moderator
is the adm.

jim robinson
is the owner


8 posted on 03/06/2012 3:45:24 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Received an email from my mom (I’m down here in Aussie-land) and she wrote Vitacost cancelling their account. My family spends quite a bit on supplements from them. No more.


9 posted on 03/06/2012 3:47:06 PM PST by SkyDancer
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To: redangus

I dropped Shari’s berries this Christmas because everytime I order from them around a Holiday, the berries arrive a few days late. However, Shari’s berries did get a few hundred dollars of business from me over the last 2 years, only because of Rush.


10 posted on 03/06/2012 3:47:47 PM PST by No Socialist
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Oh Rush was rude to “another human being”. Boo hoo cry me a river.


11 posted on 03/06/2012 3:48:46 PM PST by Williams (Honey Badger Don't Care)
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To: redangus

I’m sure there are many other companies that make the same kind of choc covered cherries. Sharri’s only did that well because of Rush’s audience.


12 posted on 03/06/2012 3:51:20 PM PST by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with you and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: combat_boots

Thanks!


13 posted on 03/06/2012 3:52:19 PM PST by forbushalltheway
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To: cubreporter

I would suggest “taste testing” every brand. :-)


14 posted on 03/06/2012 3:53:46 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Williams

When they get ugly maher and others who said terrible things about Sarah Palin and Bachmann to apologize then I will listen. Until then? like you said: Cry me a River!!!


15 posted on 03/06/2012 3:53:46 PM PST by cubreporter (Happy New Year R ush and we look forward to 2012 with you and the EIB Microphone.)
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To: Popman
That wasn’t much of a backpedal.... More like a sidestep ...

Yeah. Backpedal means they put their advertisements back on Limbaugh.

16 posted on 03/06/2012 3:55:07 PM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

You stoopid Fluke! You are saying you don’t want Rush listeners as customers.

Are you really big enough to skip that market segment? Really? You need to ask that question and I don’t think you or many of the other advertisers can, nor do you realize why many purchase your product in the 1st place.

They buy on the word and recommendation of Rush and on his word alone. he carries a huge integrity quotient that results in higher than usual 1st spends and greater stickiness of additional spends with sponsors of his show.

You are intellectually bankrupt and your business will soon be as well.

Later Tater.....


17 posted on 03/06/2012 3:55:50 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Vendome

fluke (n); a class of parasitic flatworm.


18 posted on 03/06/2012 4:01:23 PM PST by cblue55 (Mr. Obama, was your mother punished with a baby?)
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To: Popman

But not unfair. What Limbaugh did was not gentlemanly, and an Freeper who adheres to traditional manners had to be disappointed with what he did.


19 posted on 03/06/2012 4:02:23 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: redangus
I can understand why he said what he said........

It's pretty much factual, IMO.

Oh..but Conservatives are held to a higher standard!!

I'll bet you would call a liar, a liar. And a cheat, a cheat.

What's the difference in calling a slut, a slut?

Should Conservatives call them...young women of experience?

Well when a single women comes before Congress and basically tells the world she needs more free contraceptive ideas... ...she's one of three things.

A plant.

A nympho

Or nuts.

20 posted on 03/06/2012 4:03:50 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: cblue55

Yeah, and part of a whale’s tail. Literally, a piece of tail....(Go on, pull your ads...)


21 posted on 03/06/2012 4:04:20 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: redangus

Get a Bissinger’s or Merb’s catalog, or go to the tribal chocolatiers in OK.


22 posted on 03/06/2012 4:07:04 PM PST by steve8714 (Thank you, Andrew. I miss you already.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

my post at your blog:

Guess who is working feverishly to put the supplement companies out of business and to keep those of us that depend on supplements from getting them through onerous legislation? That’s right, liberals. The same liberals that Rush fights every day. The same liberals that feign insult when they put a FRAUD of a woman up as their spokesperson and have her claim that tax payers need to buy her rubbers and pills. OMG. I will switch ALL of my supp business to Swanson’s. Good job vitacost. You kneejerked and lost.


23 posted on 03/06/2012 4:07:27 PM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: nickcarraway

He also sincerely apologized...three times. something libtards are incapable of but they sure do excell at insulting us.


24 posted on 03/06/2012 4:08:41 PM PST by spacejunkie2001
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To: nickcarraway
What Limbaugh did was not gentlemanly, and an Freeper who adheres to traditional manners had to be disappointed with what he did.

You obviously don't listen to Rush, or if you do..you don't understand him. No one who listened to him believed that HE believed Fluke was a slut....he was satirically coming to an absurd but logical conclusion based solely on her absurd and ridiculous "testimony" which was very long on emotion and very very very short on facts and reality.

25 posted on 03/06/2012 4:11:00 PM PST by Mygirlsmom
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I am a long time customer of Vitacost. I order a LOT from them. I just went on their chat and had them pull up my account. Then I told them I had to fire them. They gave me the usual nonsense that you already posted and then she got a little upset. I told her that my decision to fire them was purely a business decision just like their decison to pull advertising. They don’t care. They really do not even understand that Congress is trying to pass a law to make vitamins illegal. They will be gone in a minute when that happens.


26 posted on 03/06/2012 4:15:04 PM PST by Shire
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To: Osage Orange

“Well when a single women comes before Congress and basically tells the world she needs more free contraceptive ideas... ...she’s one of three things.”

Was it even a valid session of Congress or some sideshow hosted by Pelosi?


27 posted on 03/06/2012 4:16:51 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Mygirlsmom

He should be more sophisticated. He changed the debate from religious freedom to a bunch of nonsense.


28 posted on 03/06/2012 4:17:34 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Rebelbase

It was a sideshow set up by the Democrats!


29 posted on 03/06/2012 4:18:45 PM PST by goodnesswins (2012..."We mutually pledge our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor")
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To: NewJerseyJoe

Sending your ad out to 15 million Less people in this economy is a seriously stupid mistake. Then top that off with thousands of letters and phones calls telling you they are done with your product. I expect more will back peddle before this is over.


30 posted on 03/06/2012 4:18:56 PM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: NewJerseyJoe
Our decision was in no way a statement about Mr. Limbaugh’s or his listeners’ political views

Oh, but it is! You are participating in a concerted effort by foes of Limbaugh to force him off the air by eliminating his revenue. Own it, coward.....and the consequences.

I've done a lot of shopping with Vitacost in the past - usually when I place an order it's in the $150 range. No More! I've been transitioning to Swanson - they now get all of my business.

31 posted on 03/06/2012 4:19:37 PM PST by Mygirlsmom
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I decided not to buy from them anymore so when I got an email from them today, I decided to unsubscribe from their email list. At the bottom it asks why and I checked other and wrote...You decided to drop Rush Limbaugh so I decided to DROP you!!


32 posted on 03/06/2012 4:19:38 PM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

He never outright called her anything. He asked what would a person be called who wants someone to buy their contraceptives? What would you call someone who wants you and me to pay for their sex? Only after asking did he suggest that she was a slut. I support Rush all the way and will not and did not think he was out of line. She is a slut of the left.


33 posted on 03/06/2012 4:24:44 PM PST by Bronzy (Send a NEWTron to Obama!)
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To: NewJerseyJoe
Thanks for the update.
I sent them a couple of emails (one a general comment in their 'Contact Us' section, and a second when I asked to get removed from the email list and I responded to their standard exit questions). I didn't bare any venom. I just pointed out that although I don't listen to Mr. Limbaugh, Vitacost should not have been motivated by leftist agitators that routinely assail conservative broadcasters. Vitacost should stick to business and not get whipped around by petty politics lest they lose half of their customers - and I was now an ex-Customer.
34 posted on 03/06/2012 4:26:00 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: redangus

Sharies berries, proflowers and several others that dropped Rush also advertist on TV...they probably figured there won’t be much of a drag on their business with the TV advertising getting their message out....I am sure they weighted the results before they made the business decision. I don’t use their products anyway so I cannot quit using their products..


35 posted on 03/06/2012 4:26:33 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Osage Orange
Well when a single women comes before Congress and basically tells the world she needs more free contraceptive ideas... ...she's one of three things.

A plant.

A nympho

Or nuts.

May I add: utter disgrace, shameful, trollop, floozy,jezebel,whore,scum,skank,shameless,harlot,heathen

That's my list (for now)

36 posted on 03/06/2012 4:29:03 PM PST by Outlaw Woman (When does the shooting start?)
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To: forbushalltheway

click report abuse, ask question, they adm. or mod will respond..I usually start out with I am not reporting abuse on this post but have a question.....


37 posted on 03/06/2012 4:29:45 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Rebelbase

Don’t know...Just what I saw.


38 posted on 03/06/2012 4:30:05 PM PST by Osage Orange (Why do we eat Soylindra Green?)
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To: nickcarraway
He should be more sophisticated. He changed the debate from religious freedom to a bunch of nonsense.

I like his nonsense. To bad you do not have the capacity to understand.

39 posted on 03/06/2012 4:31:54 PM PST by Logical me
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To: cblue55

Damnit. I have meant to do that for a couple of days.

LOL


40 posted on 03/06/2012 4:32:21 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

You’d have to be smoking crack to think that’s backpedaling.


41 posted on 03/06/2012 4:32:49 PM PST by Cyber Liberty ("If the past sits in judgment on the present, the future will be lost." --Winston Churchill)
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To: Mygirlsmom; nickcarraway

Sorry man. I do not agree with your position. Respect you as a fellow poster and enjoy your thoughts.

I am struck by anyone demanding I pay their living, perhaps for a generation. I call them, the majority of them, for what they are. blood suckers, leeches, punks etc and worse. I don’t owe them full shopping carts, free cell phones or any number of other things.

I don’t owe any woman or man prophylactics, pills, sponge or any other fluid barrier. if I do the there is a name for someone who takes monies for sexual activity and when qualify their argument @$3,000 I have to quantify what that means and ti what axtivity it realistically could be for.

It seems to me that anyone who requires $3,000 of someone else’s money and that price ia exacted from my wallet, well then we have a name for someone who accepts something of value for sex.


42 posted on 03/06/2012 4:42:56 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Rebelbase
“Well when a single women comes before Congress and basically tells the world she needs more free contraceptive ideas...

What would the Founding Fathers say?

43 posted on 03/06/2012 4:50:37 PM PST by stars & stripes forever (Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord!)
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To: Osage Orange

you forgot D. All of The Above.....got me through school all those years ago as well.heheh


44 posted on 03/06/2012 4:52:16 PM PST by Nekman (Proud Racist.......or so I've been labeled.{Libeled IMHO})
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To: No Socialist

http://www.chukar.com/
These are the best chocolate cherries bar none!


45 posted on 03/06/2012 4:56:44 PM PST by JayGalt
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To: Vendome

My my my...

All those words from you on THIS thread, yet on a previous thread you call me “shallower than a dry riverbed” for saying Rush should not apologize.

Hmmm!

No need to reply, I see how ya are.


46 posted on 03/06/2012 4:57:04 PM PST by mamelukesabre
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To: NewJerseyJoe

“Vitacost.com takes healthy living very seriously”

Lol...yeah, I’m sure someone who needs $3,000 worth of BC has a “healthy lifestyle”!


47 posted on 03/06/2012 5:04:19 PM PST by kcvl
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To: NewJerseyJoe

I’ve been a customer of Vitacost and I wrote them yesterday saying I would never use them again because of their Limbaugh actions, and that there are plenty of supplement companies out there.


48 posted on 03/06/2012 5:14:09 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopaths.)
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To: NewJerseyJoe

David Zucker

On May 24, 2010, a class action was filed against Vitacost for violations of federal securities laws, including securities fraud. This involved several Vitacost executives, including their CEO and CFO.

Vitacost has also inspired complaints for a controversial "cash back" offer called "SavingsAce", which results in recurring monthly charges to customers' credit cards. Customers lured by the prospect of receiving cash back who do not read the fine print often unknowingly sign up for the "SavingsAce" program and are surprised to see the monthly charges. Vitacost has responded by changing the method of signing up for the offer from a one-click button to a whole form.

here

49 posted on 03/06/2012 5:23:56 PM PST by kcvl
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To: cubreporter
When they get ugly maher and others who said terrible things about Sarah Palin and Bachmann

.... and Dr. Laura and Bristol Palin and Ann Coulter. The list goes on and on.

50 posted on 03/06/2012 5:26:41 PM PST by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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