Re: This is getting ridiculous!

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Posted by Zimra on October 12, 2002 at 04:02:16:

In reply to: Re: This is getting ridiculous! posted by Maureen on October 12, 2002 at 02:41:11:

: The one thing that you didn't mention about that test of the ice
: cream was how the testers/researchers controlled for reliability of
: the sample. You see, if they had not, I am sure that those store
: owners would have had a lot to say. Even though they are just
: sellers of the ice cream.


Product testing of this sort is very, very common in health food and
other publications. I've seen dozens and dozens of them over the past
15 years or so, and the issue of the retailer has *never* come up.
Ever. It's a moot point. It doesn't matter. With the exception of
melting and refreezing, or storing with pungent foods, how *could*
the "reliability" of the sample be compromised?
The issue is not the resaler, but the product itself. If I am
testing a certain brand of ice cream or soup mix or hair dye, I would
expect to be able to walk into any retail outlet that carries it and
purchase it for testing. This way I would be certain to know that
what I am testing is an accurate example of what is out on the
market. Barring improper storage or out-of-date products (both of
which should be readily noticable, and properly *should be*
attributed to the retailer) the ice cream I buy at Giant Eagle, Big
Bear, and Krogers should all have the same reliability factor.



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