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Old 12-28-2012, 11:10 AM   #1
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I just finished talking with my husband who retired from Outback Steakhouse in the mid 2000s.

He said because of the huge difference in the cost of onions and shrimp, OSI would never offer a freebee like shrimp if they thought Michigan would win the game.

It would cost them way too much money.

So it looks like Outback Steakhouse has money riding on this game and they've picked South Carolina!

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Old 12-28-2012, 11:41 AM   #2
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Interesting thought. Anyone care to post the normal Tampa area price of each appetizer for comparison? Thanks!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:54 AM   #3
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Outback Website - Online ordering for Pickup - Put in City / Zip Code.

From the menu...

Bloomin' Onion: $6.99
Coconut Shrimp: $8.79

Roughly $2 more list price for the shrimp, but who knows that their "at cost" price is.

If you want to keep with this logic, you could go so far as to even say they picked shrimp as one of the freebies knowing that lots of people (like myself) might potentially be allergic to shrimp (and yes, it sucks, especially when you find out when you're 31).

I call shenanigans ;)

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Old 12-28-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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Outback Website - Online ordering for Pickup - Put in City / Zip Code.

From the menu...

Bloomin' Onion: $6.99
Coconut Shrimp: $8.79

Roughly $2 more list price for the shrimp, but who knows that their "at cost" price is.

If you want to keep with this logic, you could go so far as to even say they picked shrimp as one of the freebies knowing that lots of people (like myself) might potentially be allergic to shrimp (and yes, it sucks, especially when you find out when you're 31).

I call shenanigans ;)
The at cost still has to be a lot cheaper than shrimp, I think we are on to something here.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:05 PM   #5
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Default Re: Outback Picked Winner?

I guess let me rephrase this.

My husband retired as an executive with OSI. He knows the wholesale and futures cost of onions and shrimp.

The COST of the onions and shrimp is what is relevent here not what they charge for each (however the profit margin for the onion is much higher than that for the shrimp).

Outback is definitely betting that South Carolina will will. Tim Gannon isn't a fool.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:12 PM   #6
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I guess let me rephrase this.

My husband retired as an executive with OSI. He knows the wholesale and futures cost of onions and shrimp.

The COST of the onions and shrimp is what is relevent here not what they charge for each (however the profit margin for the onion is much higher than that for the shrimp).

Outback is definitely betting that South Carolina will will. Tim Gannon isn't a fool.
OSI knows what's up!!
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #7
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Default Re: Outback Picked Winner?

I used to be an assistant manager of a steakhouse chain and I can confirm that the cost of the food for onions is substantially lower than that of shrimp...even if you purchase medium sized shrimp
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:37 PM   #8
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Interesting insight. Makes sense.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:00 PM   #9
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Maybe on that day, they switch from regular shrimp to a mysterious box from the freezer with chinese writing all over it, that is full of "shrimp product".
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:11 PM   #10
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Finally a nefarious plot that benefits me, and all I'll get is a 6,000 calorie onion.
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:23 PM   #11
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What is the promotion?
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:42 PM   #12
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What is the promotion?
Think its 'if usc wins, everyone gets a free blooming onion on Jan 2nd. If Mich wins, everyone gets free shrimp something o rather on Jan 2nd'
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:49 PM   #13
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Think its 'if usc wins, everyone gets a free blooming onion on Jan 2nd. If Mich wins, everyone gets free shrimp something o rather on Jan 2nd'
Coconut shrimp. Bloomin onion is much better. And because of the price, looks like Outback is picking South Carolina!


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Old 12-28-2012, 03:51 PM   #14
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Default Re: Outback Picked Winner?

The Bloomin' Onion has to be much more popular normally than the Coconut Shrimp. Maybe more people would pass on the shrimp even it was free, and thus would make it roughly equivalent in cost to Outback?

Besides, if they were trying to go for the cheapest cost, why not assign something like the cheese fries to Michigan? Seems a little silly that they'd think we would win and go with a more expensive food for their underdog. Giving both teams a low cost appetizer seems like a win-win.
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Is this promo being offered only in Tampa?
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Old 12-28-2012, 08:30 PM   #17
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Is the labor cost about the same?

You can have an item that costs less, but requires more labor to prepare.
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Whoever wins you lose if you order either app. They are both full of fat, trans fat, sugar, starch, gluten and sodium. My guess is the shrimp have more transfat with the coconut, the onion thing is not much better (2010 calories).
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OSI = Onions and Shrimp, Inc.?
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Is this promo being offered only in Tampa?
No, im pretty sure its all Outback restaurants nationwide
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