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- I do not know how long these ollas will be on sale and wanted to give my readers a chance to buy a somewhat affordable olla if they do not want take the DIY gamble.
- I have high hopes that they will perform well in my garden this year based on the reasons below.
I will definitely come back to this post at the end of the growing season to give you all the details on this particular olla.
Okay, now here is the story of how I got the large GrowOya ollas for $23 each shipped. Right now they are on sale for about $28 at Amazon, Walmart, and Jet. But both Amazon and Walmart have a shipping charge of about $9 per olla. Jet has a shipping charge of $6 for one olla. Here is how I cut the price down even more:
- Got a 15% discount for it being my first purchase from Jet.
- Got a 2% discount for buying two. This increases with each additional one that is bought.
- FREE shipping when you spend at least $35.
Also noteworthy is that they have a 1.5% discount for using your debit card (I did not do this).
Now for the review! First off, I have one tip to give the company and it goes like this:
Dear GrowOya, the name of your olla helps people pronounce "olla" correctly BUT the benefit stops there. Not having the real word "olla" in the name or any title desciptions makes it go un-noticed when a basic search is done on Google, Amazon, Walmart, etc. The GrowOya company is missing out on tons of sales by not having the word "olla" in the the title! I know this because I have been actively keeping tabs on olla companies that sell online for over a year and just happened to recently stumble upon GrowOya by luck. If you want to increase your sales, you've got to have the correct spelling in at least the title heading.Here are the Pros:
Price: GrowOya is one of the most affordable option for ollas that I have found online in the USA, even at the regular price of $40 per large olla. When you get it on sale with free shipping, it becomes even more affordable. As discussed above, I went this route and saved 57% off regular prices.
Appearance: When I opened the GrowOya box, I was in olla heaven. These ollas are not excessively heavy, yet feel solid. The design is simply beautiful with a smooth consistency in texture. There are no dents or clumpy areas on the vessel. I also really like the simply water droplet stamp that is on the neck of the olla, which is a nice touch but also functional in that it is a guide for how far to bury it in the ground.
Here are the Cons:
No lid: Although the company claims that the narrow two-inch opening should keep evaporation down, I live in dry, dry UT and seriously doubt that claim. Personally, I will be finding something to use as lids for my two ollas to keep evaporation to a nil and also keep bugs/critters/debris out of them.
Teeny Tiny Cracks around Logo Stamp at Base: At the bottom of these GrowOyas is a stamp imprint of the company logo. Around the imprint are very tiny cracks. When I performed my weeping tests, I did not notice watering dripping out at these areas. Nevertheless, I feel like this is a potential design flaw that the company needs to fix through making sure that the base is thick enough to support a company imprint stamp at the bottom. A crack in any olla is NOT a good thing! I will be caulking around the imprint to prevent any further future cracking.
BOTTOMLINE: These GrowOya ollas are significantly less expensive than other commercial ollas, have a large water capacity, and are truly beautiful. Yet I wish that they included a lid and that the base was sturdier to support the company imprint stamp. I will update at the end of the growing season.
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