Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


GENERAL

 

MEMBERSHIP

 

 

  

WHAT IS A BUYING CLUB?

A buying club is a group of people who pool their time, resources, and buying power to save money on high quality healthful foods. There are varying degrees of formality.

Buying clubs are also a type of natural food co-op that are (generally) informal organizations of friends, members of church groups, etc. who buy food together from a food co-op warehouse.

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WHY ORGANIC?

“Organic” - the popular buzzword of our day. Many people are fairly familiar with this label on produce and health foods. But, not everyone fully understands the importance of it in our diet. The following resources help to explain why organic foods are, in fact, very important to our health.

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HOW IS GOBC DIFFERENT FROM OTHER BUYING CLUBS?

We differ from some buying clubs in the fact that we are not an organic produce buying club.  Although we have access to some  staple organic produce with a few of our vendors, it is not what we primarily order or organize as a group.  We mainly order from organic companies that offer a wide variety of all natural, organic, earth friendly foods and products.  The biggest savings our members receive is on bulk items.  Visit our Getting Started to see a list of the current vendors we order from.

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WHAT OTHER AREAS DOES YOUR GROUP SERVICE?

We primarily serve the Pinal County areas (Casa Grande, Arizona City, Coolidge, Eloy, Florence, Maricopa, etc).  However, we do welcome members from any area as long as they are willing to make arrangements to pick up their orders at any of our drop locations. We do have a few members from Chandler, south Gilbert, Queen Creek, and Marana.

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DO YOU KNOW OF ANY OTHER BUYING CLUB GROUPS IN AZ?

The following groups are run very similar to GOBC and order from much of the same vendors as we do.  They are also Azure Standard drop locations.

  • Rincon Organics Buying Club- ROBC is our sister group serving the Tucson valley areas. For more information, please contact ROBC Coordinator, Kim Newhouse at kim@gnuhaus.com (email preferred) or 520-885-2393.

  • West Valley Buying Club – Contact Vicki Ronsick at ronsick@earthlink.net.  Their group is also setup on a referral basis.

  • South Tempe Organic Buying Club – STOBC is run by GOBC members Celi & James Back.  Please contact Celi at amback78@gmail.com for more info about their new group.

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ARE THERE ANY JOBS OR RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ARE REQUIRED OF MEMBERS?

There are no required jobs or responsibilities.  However, volunteers are sometimes needed to help unload the Azure truck.  When there is a need for volunteers, we will send out an email asking for assistance.

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ARE THERE ANY FEES OR COMMITMENT LEVELS REQUIRED TO JOIN?

There are no membership fees or dues at this time.  There is also no weekly or monthly commitment level required for membership.  Members order as they need to.  We simply ask that members place at least 1 order about every 6 months.  There is no purpose joining our group if a member doesn’t place an order on at least a minimal basis.

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WHERE ARE ORDERS PICKED UP AT?

There are currently two pick up locations that members can choose to pick up their orders from.  Orders are picked up at the Drop Coordinators’ homes.

  • Casa Grande (near Overfield Rd. and Randolph Rd.)
  • AZ City/South Casa Grande (off Sunland Gin Rd & Arica Rd.).

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WHAT METHODS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?

Check, cash, and electronic payments via Paypal or Chase QuickPay.

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WHAT IF I CANNOT PICK UP ON THE SCHEDULED PICK UP DAY?

If an order is placed and a member unexpectedly cannot pick up on the scheduled pick up day, members are responsible to make arrangements to either have someone else pick up their order for them or contact the Drop Coordinator to pick up their order on the next available day.   If you know ahead of time that you cannot pick up on the scheduled day but would still like to place an order, (ie: going on vacation), please contact the Drop Coordinator before you submit your order to see if she is able to hold your order until you return.

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HOW MUCH DO MEMBERS GENERALLY SAVE ORDERING THROUGH YOUR BUYING CLUB VS. RETAIL?

Savings will vary with each vendor and product.  However, members can generally expect to save anywhere from 15% – 60%.

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