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Freethinker
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It isn’t my responsibility or decision about what manufacturers produce or stores stock, so I guess this isn’t really a complaint, but I’m still amazed by the incredible proliferation of very similar products. I never saw it long ago when I was young, but now entire sections of shelves are covered with different varieties of stuff that are almost the same.

I recently saw 6 or more feet of shelf space with 17 different textures and scents of one brand and size of deodorant. Tide laundry detergent is available in three or four different sizes, and in HE, non-HE, with bleach, without bleach, with odor killer and bleach, with odor killer only, without, with dye and odor to give it color and scent, without dye and odor, and no doubt things I’ve forgotten. This isn’t only in mega stores either: My local small supermarket that doesn’t have all that many rows of actual food nevertheless had 42 varieties (including different packaging) of cucumber pickles the last time I looked, and that was only a couple/three brands.

I sometimes think it might be nice to have more different products available rather than every possible version of one product.




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I agree that things like laundry detergent are out of control. I'll take the concentrated version that's on sale, please. I'm not even sure why they sell the non-concentrated version anymore, you're buying 2 gallons of liquid with 16oz of actual soap, vs just buying 16oz of soap (you're filling the tub with water anyway, right?).

But don't mess with the pickle selection, man! Stacker slices in dill, spicy and bread&butter chips, sweet relish, and dill spears please.
 
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Six feet? Have you been down the cereal and cookie aisle lately. Big Grin
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Oy.

Every try to find a can of just plain chicken noodle soup?

Diet, heart healthy, low fat, low salt, organic, big noodles, little noodles, chunky...
 
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I agree...back in the day if I stopped by the store to pick up eggs or milk...I picked up a dozed eggs or a gallon of milk Smile...

NOW...you have to choose from free range, brown, white, grain fed, meat fed (just kidding), Egg Lands Best, Omega 3, low cholesterol...now you must choose what egg package...styrofoam (bad), plastic with lids that flip three ways (less "bad" than evil styrofoam) or paper mâché ("best") Frown...

Milk...1%, 2%, whole, almond (how do you milk an almond...little udders?), milk from "happy cows", milk from "sad cows" (buttermilk?), organic, milk from grass fed cows...the only thing missing is milk from cows that feed only on Taco Bell tacos...

The list goes on and on...

You used to only worry about broken eggs in the tray or sour milk in the carton...now it's a life changing purchase Eek

Don't even get me started on gun powder and primers for reloading!


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...laundry detergent is available in three or four different sizes, and in HE, non-HE...


High Explosive detergent? What a great idea!
 
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Toothpaste used to be regular or mint!
 
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Originally posted by sigfreund:
...laundry detergent is available in three or four different sizes, and in HE, non-HE...


High Explosive detergent? What a great idea!


Blast the dirt away with HE KABOOM!




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I'm hung up on OP's use of the term "cucumber pickles". Yes, I know lots and lots of things can be pickled, and I'm familiar with pickling cucumbers, but isn't it the case that 99% of the pickle-eating world will assume by default that when you reference "pickles", you are, in fact, referring to pickled cucumbers?

-Rob




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[B]ut isn't it the case that 99% of the pickle-eating world will assume by default that when you reference "pickles", you are, in fact, referring to pickled cucumbers?


Possibly, but the point of this thread was to comment about the large number of different varieties of basically the same product. When I cited the number (the ultimate answer—42) I wanted it to be clear that I wasn’t larding and thereby exaggerating my observation by including other types of pickles. Smile




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Originally posted by BurtonRW:
I'm hung up on OP's use of the term "cucumber pickles". Yes, I know lots and lots of things can be pickled, and I'm familiar with pickling cucumbers, but isn't it the case that 99% of the pickle-eating world will assume by default that when you reference "pickles", you are, in fact, referring to pickled cucumbers?

-Rob


My grandmother would pickle just about anything in the veggie group. Pickled cauliflower anyone?

Personally i have tend to have 4 or 5 types of pickled cukes at any one time. The longer they sit in the jar the better/spicier they get.







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It's a plot. when you finally find the specific item your wife sent you to the store for, they know you'll need a six-pack to decompress.


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One day, while I was trying to decide which brand and flavor of cereal to buy someone behind me said, "I know what to buy. I just don't see it; there are too many choices. I'm going blind looking for it."
I reply to him, "Yeah, it didn't used to be like this."
When I turned to leave, I realized the guy wasn't talking to me. He was on his cell phone.
 
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It's a plot. when you finally find the specific item your wife sent you to the store for, they know you'll need a six-pack to decompress.


HA !

Get this: My wife sent me to the store (in the snow) with a grocery list that included "cous cous" or however you spell it. I looked and looked - finally had to ask the manager and he guessed wrong first try and got the right aisle on the second guess...


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Originally posted by muzzleloader:
It's a plot. when you finally find the specific item your wife sent you to the store for, they know you'll need a six-pack to decompress.


HA !

Get this: My wife sent me to the store (in the snow) with a grocery list that included "cous cous" or however you spell it. I looked and looked - finally had to ask the manager and he guessed wrong first try and got the right aisle on the second guess...

its near the rice.




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Originally posted by sigfreund:
...laundry detergent is available in three or four different sizes, and in HE, non-HE...


High Explosive detergent? What a great idea!


Farmers love HE detergent for getting the racing strips out of their underwear. I like the Farmers Brand! Big Grin

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1) Mfgrs think we're idiots
2) mfgrs work with retailers for maximum shelf space; more product skus is more shelf space even though there is no real difference between skus. Deals made on the golf course.
3) retail buyers are not doing their jobs in getting products that people want or what maximizes profit but rather reflect what deals are made on the golf course.

It's why I like Costco - they have buyers who do reasonable jobs. It's why I like Prime because I dont care about shelf space. I just wish they would get rid of all the shit made in China.

Most supermarkets try to make us think we have lots of choices. But it's really just a handful of companies with the same products under different names.




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I was beyond happy when the "normal" manufacturers started putting the "Free of dyes and perfumes" detergent on the shelf, and I didn't have to buy it at Costco in the giant jug. The regular, scented crap about kills me. I can barely go down the soap aisle at the supermarket due to the damn smell. I don't want shampoo that smells (I can tolerate the cheap shampoo I buy that is called "Daily Clarifying", but if I can't find it, I have to buy unscented stuff at the beaut supply store for 5x+ what the Suave stuff costs), I don't want dishwasher soap that smells(even the lemon stuff annoys me), and fabric softener is something I avoid, even the so called "unscented" sheets have a smell I don't like. Air fresheners have no place in my life. My deodorant is unscented. I hate going to a friend's house because his wife has that poupurri crap in every room, and even their dog has some kind of perfume scent. I would rather smell wet dog than the crap she puts on him.

But as far as soap and that stuff goes that I do buy, I buy the cheapest stuff there is when it's on sale. When there is a deal, I buy three or four bottles of it.
 
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