If Soylent stays at $250 per month I won’t be renewing.
I can buy a week’s worth of Jevity cans for less than $50 which comes to $200 a month. These are already prepared [no mixing required] , developed by nutritionist, and are used medically for people who can’t eat solid food.
My “grocery budget” is about $100-200 a month. I don’t eat much and I know where I can find cheaper food. Now many “Dollar Trees,” where everything is $1 has all kinds of food available.
The reason I liked soylent is I work 60 hours a week. I live by myself. I don’t have time to sleep, much less to cook. I hate preparing food. Typically I end up eating something microwaveable or from a drive-thru. Or something that is already packaged and no preparation is required. Due to my lack of time, it’s very difficult to eat healthy and to stick to a diet. I don’t have time to go to the gym, because I am working too much, so to lose weight all I can do is watch my calories. Convenience is very important for me, but convenience is so hard to find when it comes to healthy eating.
In the commercials for Soylent they kept throwing around the number $50 per month. I think it was misleading. From my understanding the initial price point was to help fund the project and then it would go down significantly.
As it is, I don’t think I can afford $250 a month. I can buy real actual food with that. The point of Soylent was to be a cheap, convenient, easy replacement for real food. But $250 a month is not cheap. And really $8 a day? Who spends that kind of money on a daily basis? We have bills to pay.
I don’t think broke single college-aged guys is an appropriate target market for this product as it is presented. I can empathize with Rob’s story of not having enough time, and trying to cut costs in any way possible to survive. But as it stands, I don’t think it’s affordable for that demographic.
I guess we’ll have to stick to Ramen noodles until the price hopefully goes down. http://www.groceries-express.com/default.asp?upc=4178950211 You can get a 36-pack for $9.55 2 of those should last you about a month, which comes out to under $20…