I think this will be one post that everyone will be able to comment on! I’m pretty sure we all use it, we all buy it, and we all hate doing it! It’s a never ending cycle that usually falls on to one person for one reason or another. It’s a chore that must be done, whether it’s every day or just once a week…it’s the laundry!
I don’t mind doing the laundry. Sometimes I forget that I’ve started the washer and it goes through a whole cycle with an empty drum, but overall I don’t get worked up over it! What I hate about laundry is folding it and putting it away! Why can’t it just go from the dryer to the drawer in one sweep and fold itself mid-air along the way? Wouldn’t that be great? What got me thinking about this in the first place was my last trip to the grocery store.
For the most part we do our shopping at Walmart. Yes, I know. It’s not my favorite place either, but when you’re buying cleaning stuff, toiletries, etc it’s the cheapest place to go. Anyway, on my last trip for this stuff I had to get laundry soap and unfortunately, they didn’t have the size I normally get. As I scanned the shelves, I noticed that our brand came in a *NEW* smaller container with more ‘Concentrated Power, Use Less” plastered on the bottle. So, instead of the 2x ultra I normally get, I got the 3x ultra. According to the bottle I was suppose to get 96 loads out of the thing. The same number of loads I’m suppose to get from the 2x ultra bottle.
I get home and place my new laundry bottle on the dryer next to the old bottle that was almost empty and start to wonder how many loads I actually get out of a jug of laundry soap to begin with. So began my experiment. When I started the new 3x ultra (smaller) bottle of laundry soap, I started keeping track of how many loads of laundry I was doing and tallying it on the side of the bottle. To make sure I was accurate, I read the instructions and filled the little cup to the correct line and used that for each load.
First thing that I noticed was that the prices for each container are the same! The 2x ultra container that has 150 oz cost $10.64 at Walmart. The 3x ultra container that has 96 oz cost $10.64 at Walmart. WTH? Second thing I noticed really pissed me off. The little cups that come on the jugs that also act as the cap, were the same size on both the 2x ultra container and 3x ultra container! The SAME SIZE! Tell me oh wise people, if the measuring cup is exactly the SAME for a container that has 54 oz LESS laundry soap, how am I going to still get 96 loads out of that container? Hmmm? Anyone, anyone??! I still have to use the same amount of laundry soap per load whether it’s 2x concentrated or 3x concentrated! Third thing I noticed was how much laundry I actually do in one week! Holy crap! I was doing 5 loads of laundry some days and I do laundry throughout the week! I don’t save it all for one day! When the 3x ultra concentrated container was empty of it’s 96 fl oz that I was suppose to still get 96 loads out of, I had only done 85 loads.
Hmmm, now I’m no genius, but I’d say this is one great marketing scam! I’m sure someone was given a huge bonus for figuring this out and knowing that America would fall for it! Their slogan should be, “3x ultra concentrated so you think you need less when really you’re getting less, paying the same price and using the same amount so you need to buy more sooner than you would have so we make more money”! Use less my butt!