Why We Keep Running Out of Stock: A Look Behind the Scenes at That Mushroom Guy

Written by By Brett Mather, - Published on June 03, 2024

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At That Mushroom Guy, we pride ourselves on offering the highest quality mushroom kits and spawn for home growers. However, we understand that some of our customers are disappointed when they find that our products are often out of stock. We want to shed some light on why this happens and how our approach ensures that you get the best possible product every time you order from us.

Quality Over Quantity: The Perils of Overproduction

It's true—we could produce excess mushroom kits and spawn each week, potentially increasing our profitability. However, there's a crucial reason we choose not to take this approach: freshness and quality.

Mushroom kits are living products. They continue to grow and develop even after they're packaged. If we overproduce and the demand for a particular week is slower than expected, those kits would start to grow on the shelf. By the time they reach you, they might be unsuitable for cultivation, compromising your experience and success in growing mushrooms at home.

To avoid this, we carefully monitor our production to match demand as closely as possible. This means that some weeks, especially when demand unexpectedly spikes, we might sell out quickly. While this can be frustrating, it's a necessary step to ensure you receive a kit that’s fresh and ready to produce a bountiful harvest.

Made to Order: Our Commitment to Freshness

The same principle applies to our mushroom spawn. Unlike some suppliers who produce spawn in bulk and store it until it sells, we create spawn made to order. This practice minimizes waste and guarantees that the spawn you receive is in peak condition for growing mushrooms at home.

If we produced spawn in advance and it didn't sell, it would go to waste, as the spawn loses viability over time. By making each batch to order, we ensure that you receive the freshest, most potent spawn possible, giving you the best chance for success in your mushroom cultivation efforts.

The Balance of Supply and Demand

Balancing supply and demand is a challenge, but it's one we tackle with our customers’ satisfaction in mind. We appreciate your understanding and patience as we strive to provide the highest quality mushroom kits and spawn. Our goal is to support your journey in growing mushrooms at home, ensuring each kit and spawn batch you receive is fresh, viable, and ready to produce.

Thank you for being a part of our growing community and for supporting sustainable, high-quality mushroom cultivation. Your enthusiasm and feedback drive us to keep improving and to find better ways to meet your needs without compromising on quality.