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April 29 2015

For a Limited Time Only: The Year’s Biggest Deal from Mark’s Daily Apple (Expires May 6)

By Mark Sisson
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thrivemda_300x250_r2Today, I’m releasing two brand new Primal Blueprint eBooks and giving away several gifts as part of a special offer for Mark’s Daily Apple readers (you!). The offer lasts just one week (April 29-May 6). You won’t want to miss it. But more on that in a moment…

One of the primary challenges to living a primal-adapted lifestyle is accessibility. Make that affordability and accessibility. One of the constant refrains I hear from Groks and Grokettes is “I just don’t have access to primal-friendly foods in my small town” or “paleo foods are so much more expensive that it’s hard to stay on track.”

I hear you…and that’s partly why I invested in Thrive Market, an online health food co-op that takes accessibility and affordability out of the equation (we’re talking Whole Foods products with Costco prices but in everyday sizes). For a ridiculously low monthly membership (just $5) you gain access to more than 4,000 of the highest quality, certified organic primal/paleo-friendly foods on the planet, all at 25-50% off retail prices. You can stock up on certified-organic, and even fair-trade foods with no hassle or guesswork, and shop for paleo-approved supplements, home goods, cleaning supplies, body care, and beauty staples while you’re at it.

How is Thrive able to get you such great deals? Because they don’t mark up their retail prices like other stores do, but instead use a low-cost annual membership fee ($59.95, just $5 a month) to cover costs so that they can pass wholesale savings directly on to you. My annual membership fee was more than covered in savings on my first order, and yours probably will be too. To see for yourself, dig up some of your most recent shopping receipts and then explore the online shelves of Thrive Market to see what you’d save.

Thrive Gives and You Get

In addition to saving you guys money and making the primal lifestyle accessible to all, I was also called upon to invest in Thrive Market because I believe in its commitment to sustainability and its socially conscious Thrive Gives program. For every paid membership Thrive receives, it gives a free membership to a low-income family in need. And that need is great…49 million Americans experience food insecurity, and 80% of low-income families eat unhealthy foods in order to make ends meet. Many low-income neighborhoods don’t have natural, healthy food options to begin with. Your Thrive Market membership opens up the doors to healthy living foods, home, and baby products for a family looking to thrive.

And while we’re making the world healthier one family at a time, we’re also helping the environment. Thrive partners with eco-friendly vendors on a shared mission and boasts a 100% carbon neutral footprint through carbonfund.org. All packaging, boxes, and inserts are made from recyclable paper and are recyclable.

A Mark’s Daily Apple Exclusive Deal

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Click the image above to visit Thrive Market and watch the video

I strongly believe in the Thrive mission and program, so I put together a promotional deal for all Mark’s Daily Apple readers in case you’re still on the fence.

It’s two-fold:

1. Register today and you’ll be entered to win a $500 shopping spree to Thrive Market. Who couldn’t use $500 in primal foods? (No purchase required to register.)

2. Order anything from Thrive Market—may I suggest a jar of Primal Kitchen™ Mayo—and you’ll get you a 2-month FREE trial to Thrive and a $10 off coupon for your first order (minimum $50 order)—that’s in addition to the already included 25-50% discounts you’ll enjoy as a Thrive member. You can cancel at anytime if you aren’t sold, but I think you’ll be fully on board after your first purchase.

But that’s not all. Immediately following your purchase you’ll receive an email that delivers all of these gifts directly to your inbox:

1. $10 Coupon to PrimalBlueprint.com

You can use this $10 coupon to purchase any Primal Blueprint supplement, book, or product on PrimalBlueprint.com. It essentially takes care of the cost of your Mayo (or any other product under $10 at Thrive Market). If that’s not a deal, I don’t know what is!

2. The Primal Blueprint Definitive Guide to Sun Exposure and Vitamin D Health (eBook)

I’ve amassed the latest findings on vitamin D research and put together this exclusive guide for everything you need to know about healthy sun exposure and vitamin D. This never-before-released eBook is only available as part of this promo and is yours for free so don’t miss it!

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Sample pages:

3. Amazing Feets! – How to Safely and Enjoyably Transition to a Barefoot-Dominant Lifestyle (eBook)

This is a must-read for the modern caveman/woman and is also only available with this offer. I break down the safest way to transition to a barefoot-dominate lifestyle, thereby reducing your risk of chronic pain and injury to your feet, and improving your walking/running technique, balance, explosiveness, speed, endurance, and kinesthetic awareness, as well as recalibrating your entire musculoskeletal alignment.

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Sample pages:

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4. Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings (eBook)

I’m giving away my top-selling cookbook for free in PDF format with this deal. In it I include the essential list of Primal-approved ingredients you need to create your dips, rubs, dessert toppings, marinades, seasonings, salsa, pesto, flavored butter, tapenade, gravy and much more…and you can buy all the ingredients you need at discount prices at Thrive Market. There are tons of recipes that call for Primal Mayo, so you’re all set for ways to reintroduce a healthy mayo back into your primal life, a mayo that includes delicious and healthful avocado oil.

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5. Primal Kitchen Mayo eCookbook

This brand new eCookbook features delectable recipes from the world’s most creative paleo/primal chefs…and the key ingredient is Primal Kitchen’s Mayo, which you can buy straight from the online shelves of Thrive Market. We’ve included recipes like Madras Chicken Salad from NomNom Paleo and Paleo Spinach & Artichoke Crab Dip from Paleo Schmaleo.

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Sample pages:

To recap:

Click this link and buy anything on Thrive Market by May 6 and you’ll get:

  1. 2-Month Free Membership to Thrive Market
  2. $10 Off Your First Order at Thrive Market ($50 minimum order)
  3. $10 Off Coupon to PrimalBlueprint.com
  4. The Primal Blueprint Definitive Guide to Sun Exposure and Vitamin D Health (eBook)
  5. Amazing Feets! – How to Safely and Enjoyably Transition to a Barefoot-Dominant Lifestyle (eBook)
  6. Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings & Toppings (eBook)
  7. Primal Kitchen Mayo eCookbook

Oh, and when you register, you’ll be entered to win a $500 shopping spree to Thrive Market.

With thousands of products to choose from I’m sure you’ll find something you need. Plus, you get free shipping and handling on orders of $50 or more!

I hope you’ll Thrive with me on this primal journey of ours!

Claim FREE 2-Month Membership and Gifts Galore Today!>>

Fine print:

  • You don’t need to spend $50 at Thrive Market to get free gifts. The $50 minimum order only applies to the “$10 Off Your First Order” gift.
  • If you’re already a Thrive Market member, you can still get all the free gifts listed above except for the “$10 Off Your First Order” gift.
  • All of the free gifts will be delivered to you by email immediately after you place your order.
  • The PrimalBlueprint.com coupon expires on May 31, 2015. Minimum order of $10.01.
  • This offer runs through May 6, 2015 and expires at 11:59 PDT.

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  1. Is it Christmas? You rock, Mark! Thanks for everything you do. Off to Thrive Market!

  2. This sounds great – is there any chance of similar schemes being run outside the US if this takes off? I’d love to see something like it in the UK!

    1. Any advice on where to get Mark’s primal products in the UK. Have checked on Amazon and a couple of health shops but nothing. There are so many different versions of any vitamin I get overwhelmed by the choise e.g. K2 or whey powder – too much choice !!

  3. As far as I’ve been able to see, if you want to “…see for yourself, dig up some of your most recent shopping receipts and then explore the online shelves of Thrive Market…” you have to give them your email address first. No way to look at the goods they are selling without identifying yourself first.

    Why do stores do this? It’s a huge turnoff.

    1. I was about to post the same thing. Result: I’m not going to try Thrive.

      Mark, let us know if they ever reconsider. I’d be happy to consider them if I could see for myself what they offered without having to give them my info.

    2. Eh, I don’t really see an issue with that. Seems like common practice for most membership/discount sites these days… Gilt, Hautelook, Living Social, Zulily, all do the same thing. If I sign-up and don’t like it, I just unsubscribe 🙂

      1. Hey everyone!

        Kelly here from Thrive’s member services. Being a membership-based company, we do require an email address to view our product selection. Users may opt out at any time by unsubscribing.

        Please feel free to view our privacy policy here: https://thrivemarket.com/privacy-policy. If you have further questions, our member services team can be reached at help@thrivemarket.com and will be happy to help!

        1. Thank you for replying, Kelly, and confirming your policy. I appreciate having the facts. Companies are free to having this kind of policy, and there’s a segment of the buying public that has no problem with it. There’s another segment, not insignificant in size, that sees this kind of policy as disingenuous and a sign of bad faith. Perhaps ‘coy’ is the better word, but it’s a turn off nonetheless and it’s regrettable.

    3. I’ve been registered with them for some time now and i haven’t been spammed. I receive emails on specials but it’s nothing different than the type of stuff I get from Costco. It’s just not a big deal with Thrive.

  4. Do they ship to Canada? I’m pretty sure the last time you talked about Thrive Market, the only thing I could do was to get my email address on a list to receive feedback when they start to ship to Canada… and I haven’t heard of them yet.

      1. Or Hawaii…

        I was all excited about the great products in my cart, and when I went to checkout, I found out that they don’t ship to Hawaii. Nor do they answer the phone when you call customer service. After reading some of the comments below, I hope I don’t get “held hostage,” as another user wrote, just for trying to sign up.

    1. So did I. Any chance of us “early birds” at least being able to access the e-books? Thanks!

      1. No worries, if you’re already a Thrive Market member, you can still get all the free gifts listed except for the “$10 Off Your First Order” gift.

  5. The promise of being able to “cancel anytime” may be a bit overstated. I had a ridiculous experience that involved multiple e-mails over the course of 10 days trying to cancel my membership after the initial free trial. I liked the products and the delivery is prompt, but I do not like being held hostage and won’t even consider joining again until they have a way to cancel without having to talk about my feelings on why I would want to cancel and then also completing a lengthy survey. I understand this is a fledgling business, but take notes from your competitors and make canceling a simple process, you may find you build more loyalty.

    1. Hello! This is Kelly from Thrive’s member services. We’re so sorry that you had that experience.

      As a new and growing company, we hope to engage our early adopters who wish to cancel in a conversation to gain some feedback for improvement. We want to optimize the experience for all users, and the best way to do so is to ask for feedback!

      I have passed your comments along, and we will certainly take your feedback into consideration as we update and improve our processes.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      1. Yes, an easy opt-out would be appreciated. One click and done. I hate having to e-mail or worse call about canceling. Just put a survey at the end after you opt-out.

        1. I agree! I wouldn’t have minded a survey at all if I’d been able to cancel directly on the website and I would have provided as much feedback as the drawn out process received.

  6. Put in my order! Thanks, Mark! I’ll be reading your barefoot ebook on the flight to Kauai tomorrow!

  7. Wow what a way to build up excitement! “The year’s biggest deal” only to find out it is only applicable for US residents. It’s also not in the fine print.
    Too bad, I would have liked the new ebooks. Is there any other way we Europeans/Canadians/Asians/… can still get them?

  8. I’m never fond of websites like Thrive that require an email just to look around. That requirement suggests to me that they are not going to respect my privacy. Before signing up I’d like to see what they have, check prices, etc. But I have to provide my email to “explore Thrive” ? Hmmm…

      1. Oh, I read the policy. But my question remains: why do they need my email address? Seriously. It’s very customer unfriendly. It tells me that I am going to have to “opt out” in the future when they start sending me stuff I may or may not want. Why make that assumption. I never get why some web sites do that. And I know I’m not the only one. I’ve read many similar comments from people for other web sites that require email or worse, registration, just to browse. Thanks.

      2. you should really drop that business of having to sign up to browse. It just leaves a bad taste and forces us into a “semi” commitment. I think you’d be getting a lot more visits, in fact, thousands of more visits if you jettisoned that part.

    1. I gave them my email a month or so ago so I could have a look around, and have since gotten an onslaught of emails from them trying to get me to join. Although annoying, at least I’ll know when a great sign up promotion is going on- if they ever start shipping to Alaska that is. Few companies make it easy for those of us not in the continental US to buy from, thank the Lord for Amazon prime 🙂

  9. hmm…couple issues here:

    1. i created an account and added stuff to my cart. when i go to check out, it only has a free 30 day membership listed.

    2. it gave me 15% off my first order, but i’m not seeing any $10 off coupon (i do have $50+ worth of stuff in my cart)

    thoughts?

    1. Hi there!

      The discount and two month free trial should automatically apply to your cart at checkout if this is your first order and you follow the link Mark has provided: https://thrivemarket.com/partner/sissongift?ccode=sissongift&utm_source=affiliate&utm_campaign=ThriveMembership&aff_id=1016&t_id=102ea15dabd7e412005e74e23bec7b&o_id=6&utm_medium=Mark+Sisson

      After placing your order, you should receive an email with the $10 coupon for Primal Blueprint and the ebooks.

      If you have already ordered from Thrive, placing your next order via Mark’s link will give you access to the Primal Blueprint coupon and the ebooks.

      I hope this helps! For further assistance, please contact Member Services at help@thrivemarket.com

      1. I placed an order for a jar of Primal Mayo and Fatworks Pure Lard (can’t wait to use these in the kitchen) using Mark’s link earlier today. I received the standard 15% off for a new membership, but no sign of any of the other things. Please let me know if there is something I’m missing.

      2. Short version: You may need to phone the Thrive help line (on contact page) to get the $10 off, the 2-month free trial, and specifically request the ebooks.

        Long version: I, too, ran into problems. I had registered 4/29, but then took a few days to research what I wanted to buy. Yesterday (5/4), I following the link in the email Thrive sent me upon registration (the email only referred to the 15% discount and one month free membership). I then added over $50 of stuff to the cart. At check-out time, still no reference to $10 coupon or 2-month membership. So I phoned them. After a short wait on hold, a Thrive employee helped me, first by giving me a special code to use in place of the code in the email, to get the $10 coupon. But that didn’t work. She could see my shopping cart online, so said she would place the order,with the $10 discount, and that email would be sent to confirm the order. She also said she would amend their database to give me the 2-month free membership. I then specifically asked about the ebooks; she said she would send those to me.

        A couple of hours later I did in fact receive email from her, with links to the books (yay!). Her email said it might take 24-48 hours before I heard back on order confirmation (really???). That evening a pending charge showed up on my credit card account, in roughly the expected amount, so that seems promising. But as I write this at ~22 hours past placing the order by phone, I have yet to receive an email confirmation of the order.

        Sooo: I think I received the benefit of a very helpful Thrive employee, but time will tell whether it all works out as hoped. I wanted to post this now, so others might benefit from my experience.

      3. Don’t see a way to edit my previous comment, hence a new comment to say I did receive the confirming email late this (5/5) afternoon. Items and charges are correct.

  10. If we already registered before today, can we still be entered into the sweeps for $500? 🙁

  11. This kind of promotion really annoys me: For every paid membership Thrive receives, it gives a free membership to a low-income family in need.

    Why not just support families in need?
    Or give me the tax write-off to support a family in need.

    1. The way I see it, as a business, the more successful you are, the more you’re in a position to help the greater good. One to one seems pretty generous, as opposed to one “for every 5” or even every 10 sold.

      I grew up in a government assisted household with limited resources, so now that I’m an adult and in the position to control the quality of my food, I really appreciate the effort from any company to help make it more accessible. I feel the same about companies like Chipotle and now even Carl’s Jr. who are at least taking steps in the right direction when it comes to the quality of their food… I wish them all the success in the world because everyone wins 🙂

  12. Neat idea to give away the sauces and condiments recipe book. That may be my most often-used cookbook. The blueberry chutney recipe may be my favorite. Those are the kind of things that will attract naysayers like my inlaws to primal eating.

  13. Agreed with many above, the need to enter an email address has lost them a potential customer. I understand their motivation for requiring, but I still just don’t want to commit to see what they offer beyond mayo (which I already know I don’t use).

  14. It’s funny to me this aversion expressed by a few people here to giving out an email address to in exchange for a chance to win a shopping spree and/or when doing business with the company. If you want to participate, or purchase something from them, seems like a small and completely reasonable “price” to pay. Count me in!

  15. I am signed up on Thrive, via an e-mail I received giving me 30 free days. How do I enter the $500 contest. I dont see any way to do that when I click on the links. There should be an easy way for people to enter the contest, even if they are already registered on Thrive.

  16. Hi Mark,

    All your books looks really colorful and informative, going to the Thrive market now!

  17. Great Offer!

    Just went to Thrive Market and picked up some stuff I’ve been looking for but can’t get where I live…………….did it all in about 10 minutes and at a great price.

    Money can’t buy time but you just gave me back about 1.5 hours…………THANKS

  18. Too bad this is not available to ship in Canada. We seem to be lacking a lot of great products here in the Great White North. Oh well maybe I will see if I can get a shipping address in the States. Great deal though.

  19. How long after an order on Thrive Market before the Primal Blueprint gifts are delivered via email?

    I placed an order on 4/29 (was already registered previously), got the $10 off my Thrive order and a free 2-month membership, but haven’t received an email about the Primal Blueprint coupon or ebooks. I used the special link to place the order. Is there another step I’m missing?

    Cheers

  20. Re: Canadian residents (or Hawaii, Alaska, etc). In the past I’ve been able to get products from companies that don’t ship outside of the Cont USA by using a reshipper. I use reship.com which gives me a Portland, OR address, but there’s others out there. Might be worth a try.

  21. I also signed up through the link on this page but have not received any information about the ebooks. I checked my spam folder to be certain that wasn’t the problem.

    1. Hi Dusty,

      Did you place an order? The bonuses are included in the same email as the order confirmation. However, no purchase is necessary to enter the $500 giveaway, you just have to register with the link.

  22. Yes I placed an order (order# 100080668). I opened a ticket with thrive and also through the contact us page here (https://www.marksdailyapple.com/contact/) with details.

    Thrive was able to give me a $10 coupon code and the free trial, but I’m yet to hear back about the ebooks.

    I can send a copy of my order to someone if you want to contact me directly through the same email I posted this with.

    1. Hi Mark,

      I have the same problem as Dusty. Placed an order (#100078768) via the link in this post and got $10 off and the free trial. However, there was no mention of the ebook bonuses in the order confirmation email.

      I also can send the confirmation email, etc. as needed. Is it best to discuss this with you, or contact Thrive Market directly?

      Thanks for your help!