dealsget an emergency purified drinking water pack for…

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Another thing to toss in the ol' zombie survival kit.

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Submitted the request form. Thanks.

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Site asked you to retype the security word, but didn't provide a place where to type it. Suspicious about the entire process. Why do they have YOU acknowledge that you are not intending a "commercial purpose." That is what they should be warranting to you.

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The expiration date of water means pretty much nothing whatsoever. The only reason bottled water has expiration dates is because of a New Jersey state law - http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/26866 - and because over long periods of time, the water in the bottle begins to change slightly.

The expiration date of water is only a matter of quality, not safety - http://www.stilltasty.com/questions/index/26

So I guess you can get these since they're free but...

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@starbob: It's probably not the water that spoils but the plastic bottle that breaks down. That's one of the reasons emergency preparedness drills teach people to store gallon bottles of water. Historically they were much stronger and held up to heated environments quite well. Unfortunately more and more companies are following Poland Springs lead and reducing the quality of their bottles. If you want to store 16oz bottles, Aquafina has the highest quality bottles and are rated not to start breaking down for 10 years. Unfortunately their water is also bottled tap water, but at least it's purified.

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I'm a little skeptical too. They didn't ask for zip code...

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10% discount sitewide at the bottom of the page.

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@jeffsilver: I'm not sure what form you are seeing, but there was a spot to the the code in. If anything is missing, you may be using NoScript or something similar which is blocking part of the form.

@keckfitty1: Not sure what happened but when I filled out the form the zip box was there, I double checked. I have an extension that keeps the data from all forms I fill out for 24 hours, so I can see the zip was included. I just loaded the site and I don't see the zip box. Maybe give it another try in the morning...

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Definitely will come in handy when the world ends later this year. Who knows what we will have to rely on for drinking water. With this filter, it doesn't matter!

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@keckfitty1: It's not a far fetch to believe they have their system in place to the point where it finds your zip code from your city and state. Pretty simple stuff.

Always up for free stuff. Wanted to try these mini bags of water for a while, they just seem so minuscule that they aren't worth buying. I guess we'll find out.

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@jcharlson34: Agreed. I just never saw the point in buying bags of water when it's so much cheaper to store my own gallons out of the way in the basement. Still, since it's free . . . great promotional opportunity for the company since they get your address for very little cost to them compared to buying your name and address from one of the compilation companies out there. But again, it's free. Throw out the junk mail.

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@jcharlson34: My city has 14 different ZIP codes depending on where you live. They might extrapolate it from the street but there are five "Main" streets here too.

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Why do they need your DOB to send water?

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@jeffsilver: The box is directly below the word. And they merely want you to promise that you're not going to sell these water packs.

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New thing learned every day:

Finally, all those comic books I have sealed in mylar will be worth something when the apocalypse comes.

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@ghiv: Because there's no point in sending you water that's guaranteed fresh for five years if you're not.

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@ghiv: They need your DOB to make sure you're of drinking age, duh!

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It says it has a shelf life of 5 years. Hmmmm wonder how long it has been on the shelf already?

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The word in my Captcha box was "Poison." Should I be concerned?

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@eojoob: Only be concerned if you still go to their concerts ;)

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Drinking water expiration dates are one of the biggest marketing scams ever foisted on the American public.

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The plastic gallon containers bottled water comes in does become compromised over time. I can't speak to anything else about expiration dates on bottled water, but that is accurate.

My friends had stored several gallons of bottled water as part of their food storage, and a couple years after storing it, the bottles burst and got everything nearby very wet. There's a valid reason for why people who want to store food/water purchase heavier-grade plastic for storing things than what is usually available in the grocery store.

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@joemarfice: "Foisted," cute :)

I would argue that 1 year mandatory expiration dates on all prescription drugs is a much bigger scam than expiration dates on bottled water, which most people don't even know are there.

How often has a physician told you to ignore the expiration date on the bottle or not to worry it's good for at least 'a couple' (or 10) years longer?

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I know for certain that not all bottled water is good, and it can expire. Growing up in Florida, and prepping for hurricanes, we kept some gallons of water in the garage. Just inside the expiration date, some of the water developed floaties, and some green stuff- on the inside of the bottle, which was obviously not there at the time of purchase (or it was, but at microscopic levels so as to be unnoticeable). Presumably, the water was "at an acceptable level of contamination" at one point (much like rat hairs and roach bits in our food), and after it expires... well... you're on your own. In any event, I keep water purification tools at hand now (filters, bleach), just to be certain any water stored for an extended period will be ok to drink.

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It seems to make a lot more sense just to buy a 55 gallon drum made of industrial grade plastic and refilling it every couple of months if you are that paranoid. As for having something portable in the car etc, why not carry a few bottles of water and every year switching it out with new bottles and drinking the heaven forbid year old water. It's hard to believe people are gullible enough to waste money on such a product. If you are in a situation where your bottle water has expired and you are seriously in need of water, I doubt some odd smells and funny after taste is going to be the least of your worries.

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Are we gonna get this? My form didn't have a place for a zipcode.

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Just a note to everyone talking about plastic breaking down, do not use bottled water bottles or milk jugs etc. They are designed to break down and be environmentally friendly. There is no need either to buy an industrial 55 gallon drum etc.

Per CERT certification store all your water in clear 2 liter soda bottles they're the least environmentally friendly bottle available anywhere and most don't even begin breaking down until between 50-150 years.

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@idontkn1: I'm not worried about funky tasting water. I'm worried that I'll get a fatal case of diarrhea from improperly stored water. I will rely on my water to sustain me while I salvage what's left of my home after it has survived a hurricane. I would prefer to have water that is both delicious and absolutely safe to s**g myself to death while emergency services are still reeling.

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Suspicious, looks like an address harvesting site. Notice that the offer is on the homepage of a top level domain ( http://www.mre-depot.com/ ) while the site of the actual storefront is hosted on http://www.mredepot.com/ and makes no mention of the second site or promoting the free offer.

EDIT: Tested the promo code advertised on the storefront and it works (didn't actually buy anything). Guess it's legit, thanks OP, ordered one!

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@mschauber: Please always check with a pharmacist before taking out of date prescriptios! The doctor learns about medicines from the salesmen, pharmacists have to keep up to date on all medicines and there interactions. I know someone who's friend, in his presence, scoffed at the exp. date. He took some to prove his theory and was messed up - constipation medicine. No, really! True story. That stuff got stronger the older it got, whereas other medicines grow weaker, and yes some remain constant. Not everything is a conspiracy or scam, just most.

A good pharmacist truly doesn't mind telling you about medicines and their actions/interactions. Please be smart and check first, you might save your hiney.

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@horsetrainer: My comment about prescriptions was with regard to the mandatory 1 year expiration on every prescription filled.

Yes some medications do expire. But expiration dates on a prescription bottle should be the scientific expiration for those pills, not 1 year regardless.

Not all doctors get their education from drug reps. If yours do, you should consider seeking out better doctors. There's a service that most good doctors use called Up To Date. Dr.s either have online access or receive disks on a monthly basis with current & updated information in both their field as well as others and general medicine. Most also subscribe to multiple journals (The New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA are the ones everyone knows.) They also attend regular talks, conferences and get CME. If I ever found out a doctor was suggesting a medication based on a drug reps visit, I'd never go back. Most doctors I see don't allow drug reps in their offices, total waste of the Dr's time.

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@mschauber: Not to get into an argument but those "conferences" means drug reps. Every conference is funded by and swarming with drug reps. Journals are also almost 100% funded by drug companies. That isn't to say that neither provide any good information of have any merit but the majority of the information from both is either directly from drug companies or indirectly from them by being information from studies or research grants that were 100% funded by a drug company. The medical industry is the only industry more corrupt and misleading then the financial industry because whereas Bank of America's CEO makes 2.3 million a year and Chase's CEO makes 13 million a year... Good luck finding anyone in big pharma that makes less then 20 million a year, most make over 40 million a year.

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I found boxes of these while doing renovations in an office building. It was their emergency water supply. It does have a weird taste to it, almost milky texture. But I drank it everyday and no stomach problems. It's easier to carry around than a water bottle for those outdoor activities.

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@ikisat: It's not difficult for intelligent well trained doctors to distinguish between the garbage spouted by drug reps & pharma CEOs and that by researchers and medical professionals.

BTW, you are wrong that all conferences are paid for by companies with ulterior motives. Every hospital runs their own monthly, and some even weekly, conferences, including peer review, morbidity review, case review, training seminars, etc.

How much pharma CEOs make or their level of corruption in relation to financial CEOs really is neither here nor there. If you don't trust doctors & hospitals and prefer to get your medical treatment elsewhere, that's your choice. Whether you see a Dr or a medicine man, you need to make sure they aren't influenced by people that don't have your best interest in mind. If you don't trust them, seek out other practitioners. But don't be bamboozled by political talking points which seem to be what you're regurgitating on this topic.

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@mschauber: It's difficult for anyone regardless of training to distinguish between them. Doctors are better then patients at distinguishing but they're not somehow immune to product placement and advertising as you seem to be claiming. They are human the same psychological tricks that work on patients work on doctors.

Hospitals are included in the big pharma umbrella I make no distinction between a hospital and the drug or insurance company funding the hospital, that would fall into the "indirect category" I mentioned.

Level of corruption and salaries proving level of corruption show the scope of the problem it's the only relation. As for being "bamboozled by political talking points" please show me a politician that has these as talking points and wants to do something about it because I'll vote them for president. I've never heard of a politician willing to take on the medical industry even our current president completely avoided taking them on.

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Here's what I got:
"Thank you for your interest. Sample packets will be sent by USPS mail in about 2-3 weeks. At this time we have far exceeded the number of samples that we had available. Samples will be sent out on a first-come, first-served basis."