$25 equals 20 ribeyes: Door-to-door advice applies to roadside venders

By Robb Hicken/ BBB’s chief storyteller

For the past three weeks, Treasure Valley residents driving on Fairview Avenue were teased with the banner that claims 20 ribeyes for $25, describing the beef is from Omaha, NE.

The company, Lagniappe Steaks Inc., 8820 Susan Ave. Suite 1B, Albuquerque, NM 87123, has taken up a spot on the corner, selling meat from the back of a freezer truck. The company has an “F” rating with the BBB, and has had 2 complaints in the last 12 months with the product. Neither was resolved.

Roadside sales require the same attention to detail as door-to-door sales.

The name on the sales receipt is from Midwestern Beef, 10622 Prospect Ave. NE RM 332, Albuquerque, N.M., (BBB has two locations with two different addresses) and the product box states it’s from Omaha, Neb., from Angusland Farms (BBB has four different locations on record).

Boise city officials have issued a temporary merchants license to the company, and the Central District Health has inspected the facility, but still  calls to BBB questioning the product and sales price are fielded.

BBB purchased  the product – steak size is 4 oz., four to a package, five packages to a box. No grade is provided, but is stamped USDA Inspected Beef. The sales rep urged an upgrade from the sales product sought.

A box has five packages of four steaks each, and serving size is a 4 oz. steak.

Here are tips when buying from a roadside vender:

Listen carefully and be aware of high pressure sales tactics. Some unscrupulous sellers will put pressure on you to close the deal at that moment, and even make special offers to entice you. Listen to their tone. Are they increasing in volume as they speak to you? Are they ignoring you despite saying you are not interested?

Stand strong. If you decide during the presentation that you are not interested in making a buy, simply walk away. Find a way to end the conversation quickly to avoid long, drawn-out pressure sales pitches.

Verify the person and the company. If you are interested in buying, get return policies in writing including price, warranty and all conditions. Verify that they have all permits from the governing city or county. Ask for a business card and contact information. Look the company up yourself and check to verify this person is an employee. Also, take the time to check out the company’s BBB Business Review at www.bbb.org.

Know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission’s Three-Day Cooling-Off Rule gives the customer three days to cancel purchases over $25 that are made in their home or at a place that is not the seller’s permanent place of business. Along with a receipt, salespeople should also include a completed cancellation form that customers can send to the company to cancel the agreement. By law, the company must give customers a refund within 10 days of receiving the cancellation notice.



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3 responses to “$25 equals 20 ribeyes: Door-to-door advice applies to roadside venders

  1. Mark Burrows

    Well, when you do the math, basically you are buying 5 Lbs. of meat at $5.00 a pound. Now, myself, being the carnivore that I am would turn my nose up at a 4 oz. steak. Even the common steak sandwich is generally 6 oz. Then I am not much of a fan of Rib Eye. It has good flavor, but it is also highly marbled and bit on the chewy side if not slow cooked or severely punished with a meat tenderizer and soaked over night in a creative marinade. But as I said before, I can make Chuck cuts melt in your mouth. Still, I am prefer to make my life easy by getting the choice cuts of beef. I get Alberta grain fed and aged beef. They’re Angus Beef is pure Angus and no crossbreed contamination. They do plenty of wild stock farming so that there is lost of Bison or Buffalo available for human consumptions, as well a the successful crossbreeding of beef and Buffalo creating the famous Beefalo which is dead tasty.
    Still, at that price I could purchase the tiny little stakes and grind them up for a fine recipe for steak tar tar. Ground beef is ground beef and can be manipulated in all kinks of tasty wonders.

  2. Cynthia salinas

    My husband and brought beef ribeye 20/4 oz here in twin falls est 27220 one of your steak had a small bone that went through my husband back tooth he has been having problem with that tooth now what should we do I really hate To give bad information about these steaks !!! Please help 2083127948 2083127947

    • Mark Burrows

      Well, actually no one here is selling steaks. I stated at one time that I have bought meat from a truck, because I was willing to take the risk, and because I have a good sense about meat when I see it. I also stated that with a little creativity I can take a tough cut of meat or a lower grade of meat and tenderized and make it something tasty.
      As for stray bones, that is an unknown risk that just comes with the territory. For example, if you eat lamb, you are going to be assaulted with lots of tiny little bones that end up every where. Lamb bones just simply splinter when butchered and shatter more when cooked. Then eating fish and chicken has always been tricky adventures. But most tragedies from bones getting stuck is a simple matter of not paying attention while eating. Talking while your mouth is full, putting more than one kind of food in you mouth at the same time, and taking a drink while your eating. Part of eating is using your senses, not only to enjoy the flavor and the taste, but to be aware of any danger of choking, sharp objects that could get lodged in your throat, teeth or even tongue. One should have a sense of what is in the mouth before chomping down. The tongue is designed to be a probe for just such a purpose.
      If your husband caught a bone chip against the back of his tooth, you can’t blame a piece of beef anymore than you can a fish, roasted lamb, or fried chicken. If it was a fish you caught in a stream, would you blame nature and swear you will never go outdoors again? No, that is irrational thinking.
      Just have your husband go see his dentist.

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