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  • Anonomnom

    Obviously this is not legal but… In response to the editor’s note, try them! they are delicious… Ended up with a bag of one of those somehow in my house during one of the snow days and it was a great random occurance. Mmm…

    • Can you explain what they are?

      • Anonomnom

        They claim to be pasta that is baked until it is cracker-like. Really, it is very similar to a baked cracker, but a bit smoother and has flavors that you’d expect from a pasta dish. The bag left at my place was garlic and herb.

    • justinbc

      Someone with more experience than me can correct me if necessary, but I do not believe it’s actually illegal to sell NFR items. It’s merely in breach of the contract agreed upon between the retailer and their supplier (who gave them the chips likely as a promotion to sample), so any dispute would have to be between the Pasta Chip Provider and Safeway, not Safeway and a consumer.

    • Stuff gets sent to stores with the wrong label all the time. Private label manufacturers will accidently ship stuff meant for Kroger or Albertsons and it winds up at Giant. This is probably the same kind of thing. If anyone noticed, they probably were told to just sell them.

  • Omg lol, my husband sent this in! Yeah, we saw this the other night and found it bizarre, especially as the bags were all completely crushed/crinkled, but also very neatly arranged in rows.

  • LOL this is such a Petworth Safeway thing to do. Yes, they are not supposed to be resold (the actual packaging that the chips are supposed to be sold to customers has a different look); however, they’re quite good. Especially the marinara flavor. They are basically just chips made from semolina flour. They taste a bit like Wheat Thins but are a bit less crunchy and dense.

  • Any idea why these are not for resale? Are they supposed to be sold in bulk, like for food service?

    • justinbc

      They are often provided as test items from a supplier to a retailer (whatever the good), and not intended to be passed on to a consumer, even though they may be fully consumer ready products.

  • On a related note, I try hard to always count my change — a lesson I learned as a kid. Sometimes I forget. Yesterday, though. I was shortchanged twice — once at the grocery store and once at a sandwich place. Good idea to be vigilant. Gone are the days of PSAs telling us to count our change.

  • Safeway did the same thing in which they separated and were selling twin bags of charcoal briquettes separately couple of weeks ago.

  • They are tasty. There is nothing wrong with you purchasing these, if anybody has a problem it would be the Vintage Chip Company or the FDA and it would be with Safeway. If I remember correctly the 1975 Labelling act set standards for what and how foods are labeled. They have to conform to units, ingredients, etc. So this could have been a distributor mix up (maybe should only distribute to restaurants), Safeway could have checked the wrong box, Vintage could be unloading em, whatever. Buy them, eat them, sit back and rub belly.

  • Often items marked ‘not for resale’ are smaller packages that come inside larger packs, and the reason that they are not supposed to be resold is that the individual packets inside are not labelled with all of the required nutritional/allergy information to be sold individually. (Like the individual fun sized candy bars inside your Halloween-sized bag, or a single packet of hot cocoa inside the box). I think it’s mostly just a labeling requirement thing.

  • anybody else notice the “Club Price” is more expensive than the regular price?

  • You can make delicious pizza nachos with pasta chips. Pepperoni, sausage, and mozzarella on top, and then dip them in pizza sauce.

  • Marketing successful? check

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