The great rip off.

Have you ever wondered why the containers that many household products come in are constructed as they are?  The simple answer is to rip you off.  A prime example is Kraft Mayo.  I buy the Kraft mayo with Olive Oil because it is heart healthy.   Its plastic jar looks simple enough, and it should be, after all it is just a jar that is constructed to contain mayo.  Look at it closely.  It has ridges on the inside of the jar.  Those ridges serve no purpose whatsoever when it comes to containing the product, what they do achieve is to make you throw away a bunch of the product so then you will buy more.  A smooth sided jar would mean that you get every ounce of mayo out of the jar before you toss the empty.  The ridges mean that while you are paying for so many ounces of product, unless you work really hard at it (like I of course do) you are leaving at least two or three ounces of mayo in the jar when you toss the so called “empty”.

The same is true with laundry detergent and fabric softener.  You may have often wondered why they have such weirdly constructed lids.  It makes no sense.  An open top (think of a milk container) would mean that you get every single drop of the detergent or softener out of the bottle.  The way they are constructed however ensures that you can NEVER get the last drop of product out of the container unless you take a knife and slice below the actual pouring spout and get the product out of the container.  (which is, of course, what I do).

There are a myriad of containers that are constructed like this.  ON PURPOSE.  They are constructed so that you pay for a certain amount of product and are then precluded from using the amount of product that you have purchased.

A stick of gel deodorant for instance is listed as 2.5 ounces.  You will only ever get to use 2 of those ounces because the dispenser is created in a fashion that the last .5 ounces are stuck in the container, impossible to retrieve.

These product packaging tricks are used by manufacturers every single day to preclude you from using the product that you have paid good money for.  They do it because they can.  It is about time that we told manufacturers like Kraft that we are on to them.  The ridges in the mayo jar are such an obvious ploy to get us to throw away stuff we have paid for that Kraft should be put on notice that we are not fooled by their ploy.  Give us straight sided mayo jars or we are going to switch brands.  Hellmans has straight sided jars, as does my Food Lion generic brand. Ditto the laundry detergent and fabric softener manufacturers.   We have a choice.


One thought on “The great rip off.

  1. This made me laugh – ater 50 years of never using any beauty products, I took a look at my eye wrinkles and went ‘Well, let’s have a go” – found some posh L’Oreal stuff at UK equivalent of TJ Maxx (TK Maxx) for 5 quid, originally 40 quid and used it and actually saw some improvement in the wrinkle department, only to run out of cream and have a sad – until I realised the ridiculously constructed container had at least 50 percent more stuff in it – if you took a screwdriver to the container! Have finally run out completely – must make another visit to TK Maxx … for another knock-off eye cream in a posh plastic bottle. PS my s-in-law uses Creme de la Mer regenerating serum at 500 bucks a pop – different PLANET, maybe different UNIVERSE!!!

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