The concept originated in an essay written in 1833 by the British economist William Forster Lloyd, who used a hypothetical example of the effects of unregulated grazing on common land (also known as a "common") in Great Britain and Ireland. How is this possible? Now you might ask "does the quality justify the cost?" That's why the review restrictions make it so hard to tell what is actually worth buying. Our dentist friends got upset because Public Goods toothpaste doesn't contain fluoride. I can literally buy all of their products for way cheaper at the grocery store. Say I go to Sam's and buy 24 candy bars for $12. They charge $4.50 for a 4.7oz tube of toothpaste. Public goods are commodities or services that benefit all members of society, and which are often provided for free through public taxation. I love Vitacost for a lot of things. I'm not fond of the scent, though it's tolerable, and even pleasant in some products. The CS person was rude enough that I publicly call out their crappy CS. Do not conflate flashy marketing with frugal. That was a sleek campaign. I don't think it's going to be the cheapest rock-bottom option for everything, but it could be a good compromise between cost and quality. Just sayin'. I didn’t last long with Thrive Market for the same reason. I think the business model (subscription for useful product) is a great idea. All of that must be shared by every purchaser, and if you have to have a membership the total number of people who will share in the cost goes down, meaning the price per item must inflate over a store with a much broader market. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. Hey, it's not your fault!! I no longer trust that they are honest in their business practices. Got a good lecture on why we needed that in our lives. I backed it too. Why they need start-up capital when they're just using customisable generic brands, isn't explained. $14 for that same tube filled with 4.7 oz of toothpaste? That's on them. That’s laughable, at $3/ounce. Yeah I’ve felt the same about them, also got the lifetime membership. Other than those though I prefer the Costco options. Their revenue model has potential for a pretty sizable profit margin if they can hook enough people. You aren't the target market. you buy a subscription for access to the 'at cost' or at least 'low cost' wares. The silk floss feels really luxurious and nice if you can get over putting something from a worm's butt between your teeth (My boyfriend refuses to use it.) My last purchase of toothpaste was a 3-pack of 7.8oz Colgate tubes from Amazon Prime. So, my thoughts (perhaps it's an Aspie thing?) [ ^PM | Exclude ^me | Exclude from ^subreddit | FAQ / ^Information | ^Source ] Downvote to remove | v0.28. Public Goods uses sustainability as the indicator of their virtue. That’s $0.96/ounce. Healthy household goods and premium foods, made affordable for all. They have been running out of their hand soap refills lately so we bought the shampoo refill because it's the same exact ingredients. For example, the toothpaste. I'm placing my second order today because the toothpaste wasn't in stock yet when I placed my first order. Frugality is the mental approach we each take when considering our resource allocations. I knew supporting it was a bit of a gamble. To better understand how the Public Goods work to enhance one’s personal care, this review will analyze it in terms of its purpose, the different products offered and how the Public Goods Membership works. Very interested in this thread and I will take my questions to the creators so I'll get back with the answers. Public Goods is a membership-based online home goods store with a hodgepodge of business models rolled into one. you cannot buy something from someone and expect to pay what they paid, unless they legitimately have not added value. All of the things on the very first page I can get for $1 each, and most of those are national brands. So it looks like a rip-off by misrepresenting the price. What are the products you think are worth buying? Let this be a warning sign that a great deal should not be … With Public Goods, you just pay a low monthly or annual membership fee (like you would for Costco or Sam’s Club). Their kickstarter isn't clear about when products will launch but hints at around september, The lifetime membership seems like it would payoff in 6 months, provided it launches. And also that I could find regular products that I don't mind using for cheaper. I was bought into the business model of selling high quality products at cost.