After reading here that several people were getting samples from GM, I thought I would give it a try.
I emailed the local SF Area distributor and introduced myself as a forum member and explained that the forum was a group of enthusiasts and professionals and asked how I could obtain some. Sure enough, he offered to send me a sample and asked me for my address, etc. He told me he would send me a 50 pound bag and it would arrive in about 5 business days.
Wow, I really only bake most of the time for my wife and myself so that is probably a year's worth of flour.
But, it didn't come.
10 business days, nada
. 15 days, nope.
So, I sent him a note - "hate to really bother you, but......" He said he would check.
10 days later, nothing. But, then, over a month after the initial contact, the flour arrived!
I think each one of the multiple contacts resulted in the initiation of a shipment.
I wrote him a note and thanked him and told him what happened and that it will all go to good use.
50 pounds to a friend with his own WFO
50 pounds to the local food bank
50 pounds for me!