We had NO idea when we started receiving off the hook new Monkey Snacks Form submissions out of the blue like crazy what the hack was going on. We were even silly enough to shut off that form fearing we were experiencing a spam attack. We lost about 156 contacts and are currently working on getting them back!
Once we figured it out all of this traffic was coming from Reddit, we put that form right back and have not experienced much slowdown ever since, even with the holiday weekend.
First, we want to thank all the other free sample websites who came along shortly thereafter and also listed us (!!). When we counted after we figured out how, we found at least 20! And of course all of you who filled forms out.
For those who signed up early on, we missed having a proper thank you when you signed up for samples on our form. And in case you make it back here we want to let you know how we are handling this blessed new deluge of requests for samples and what you might be able to do to speed your sample delivery along.
So here is a little shakedown of what we are up to now that our lives have changed because of all of you!
Over the weekend we've gone through the bulk of submissions received in the last week or so and have found out a lot of awesome info! In addition, we've discovered that in order to handle Monkey Snacks new unexpected and overwhelming popularity we're going to have to segment out submissions and give them priority.
You see, we started this website for folks who found us at farmers markets and their friends and family who wanted to check us out on the internet and maybe order something. Since Monkey Snacks started in 2013 we have been dreaming of sharing worldwide, but we had no idea we would have this much exposure in so little time.
We are used to sending a few boxed samples every month to the tune of around $50. Today, if we were to hold to this same offer , including shipping, we are staring down a $129,149 product and shipping budget!
Anyone want to invest??? lol (see links down below)
Until then, we wish we could send you all your samples at once and in full as our web form stated, but you see the math. We are used to that sample package being valued at $17.00, which for all of you is simply beyond our budget.
So, to tackle this, we've decided to contact and send samples in the following manner, with the option to amend:
-We are still sorting through contacts and are giving our new found Best Monkey Snacks Fans Ever lists this order of priority:
-Asks for a direct sale
-Asks for samples to review
-Monkey Snacks and health related questions
-Comments expressing love for granola & small businesses
-General comments or simple request for sample
-Most international requests
At this point we have no idea how to handle this volume of requests and are busy figuring out how to get your samples out to you. For the most part, we will not be starting most sample requests until at least next week after we get contacts more manageable and we've processed a mountain of raspberries and the world's finest chocolates.
We are tempted to assign everyone a number should anyone wonder where you are in the granola samples sending order, but we're still not sure. On that we will get back to you.
In the meantime, while still sorting contacts about, we encourage you to check back here at our blog for updates. We'll also be letting you know how we plan to reconfigure our sample packs to account for this Monkey Fans Snack Attack. We will have to scale down quantity quite a bit.
If you are anxious to taste monkey snacks before your samples arrive, there a few ways you can move your superior snacking experience up in line:
1. Visit Monkey Snacks at Go Fund Me
-Here you'll find an easy way to contribute to Monkey Snacks' sample extravaganza project as well as give back. We'd like to be clear we did not court these amazing sample requests and are not looking for handouts. But we are a very small business and want to get your samples out. Contributing at Go Fund Me will move your samples along faster and you give back. Check it out!
2. Place an order
-All fine folks who place orders will also have their samples sent out first. The easiest way to order is to directly contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your purchase inquiry and we will send you a sales sheet with further details about selection and delivery time. For this option, please do NOT order through our website.
3. Invest directly in Monkey Snacks!
-Contact us through the above email. We'd love to get this Snack Show rolling at a grander fast pace. If you see potential, let us know! With this option, getting Monkey Snacks samples in a more timely manner will be faster for you.
-When you signed up for free samples you opted in to receive updates from Monkey Snacks. Truth be told, we haven't been real steady about updates, but now that you're here we've been kicked into gear. After we figure out what we are doing, you should receive an email invite opting into Monkey Snacks Updates. Please put us into your contacts now email@example.com and expect an email invite at a not too much later date. Thanks!
If you have not already signed up,
here is the link to our Updates and Samples form
Sign up for Monkey Snacks Samples and Updates
Please leave a comment. Thanks!
5. Hang tight!
-This looks like it's going to take awhile, folks! We cannot guarantee delivery time at this time but expect to know more within a week. We'll keep you posted at this here blog so keep checking back!
Much Monkey Love & Gratitude to All of YOU!
Stacy & Sean at Monkey Snacks
P.S. If you would still like to sign up for updates and to be placed on our waiting list for samples, please visit
Sign Up For Monkey Snacks Samples & Updates
If you have questions or comments, please email or leave them in the comment section below. We might have to amend a thing or two (more than once) but we do want all of your samples to get to you!