Woolworths shoppers have revealed they are waiting up to six years to join the supermarket’s exclusive Bunch club which sees members receive a raft of free goods.
On Tuesday, a Woolworths shopper posted to the popular Facebook page, Markdown Addicts Australia, to share the news she had been accepted into the members-only Bunch club after two years.
“After waiting over two years to get accepted into Bunch, tonight my dreams came true!” wrote the excited shopper in her post.
Shoppers' tactic to gain entry to Bunch
She explained she gave Woolworths a nudge over email two weeks ago to ask when she would be accepted.
“This is my first sample. Perfect timing as I’m doing a grazing platter for Saturday!” she wrote, alongside a photo of the Thomas Dux black and green olives she received from Woolies.
Several Bunch members quickly responded in the comments, sharing their own experiences, many agreeing getting in touch proved successful.
“I waited four years and did the same thing and sent an email asking why and got accepted last night also (with the same freebie too),” wrote one member.
“I emailed them last week after three years and got the offer last night. My first bunch offer,” wrote a second, with a photo of the Woolworths diced pumpkin sample she received.
Other customers claimed they were still on the waitlist after four, five and up to six years after applying.
What is the Bunch club and how does it work?
The Bunch club is a free members-only club, which shoppers can join to regularly test food samples and share their thoughts about them online.
Shoppers join Bunch and select the free sample, pick it up in-store and scan your Everyday Rewards card at checkout.
The more you participate online by sharing reviews, engaging in discussions and sharing recipes, the more products you get to try.
Customers can only be invited to join Bunch, so shoppers who are interested in joining the waitlist to become a member must register their interest online.
Woolworths says Bunch program 'has been at capacity for some time'
A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that the Bunch community has grown very popular in recent years and is currently maxed out.
“With more than 80,000 active members the program has been at capacity for some time,” the spokesperson said.
However, they reassured those on the waitlist they would be reviewing their membership base soon.
“We review our membership base from time to time, and we’ll have the opportunity to invite a number of new members into Bunch from the waiting list soon,” they said.
“For those who remain on the waitlist, all non-members still have access to read product reviews, ratings and comments as well as articles, recipes and videos.”
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