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Old 01-27-2016, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Tucson for awhile longer
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It's absurdly expensive. But look carefully at pricing of different-sized packages. At several stores in my area, buying three packages of 9-rolls is significantly cheaper than buying one 24-roll package of the same brand. I save cash and get three extra rolls of the same size. That seems disingenuous to me. Haven't we been taught that buying big leads to savings? In this case, buying small does.
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Ft. Myers
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I was just noticing that TP does not last as long as it used to, seems to be a lot less per roll that just a short time ago. I buy the 12 packs and switch back and forth between brands, but my supply goes down very quickly these days. A roll only lasts for a few uses and then it is gone.

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Old 01-27-2016, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Scott is just about the same as it always was.
Yeah, and it stinks...*before* you use it. My wife's aunt buys that, it's only one step removed from sandpaper. The last time we visited (we stay for 2 or 3 days) I said I'm going to start bringing my own.


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It's absurdly expensive. But look carefully at pricing of different-sized packages. At several stores in my area, buying three packages of 9-rolls is significantly cheaper than buying one 24-roll package of the same brand. I save cash and get three extra rolls of the same size. That seems disingenuous to me. Haven't we been taught that buying big leads to savings? In this case, buying small does.
I get the 'Angel Soft' and I've noticed that at WallyWorld, the 12 'jumbo' roll package is the best deal, the smaller and larger packages are more expensive on a per sheet basis.

It used to be that larger sizes were always less expensive on a comparative basis, but that went out the window years ago, it's no longer guaranteed. You have to really look at the unit pricing. Personally, I think it might be intentional- playing of what used to be a truism and counting on the majority of the purchasers to either not notice or be too lazy to do the comparison (or simply not care).

I've also noticed that some brands of some products have the unit pricing based on different units of measure, which makes it even more difficult to compare- you can't just go by the unit price on the shelf tag, you have to actually do the math on both sizes using a common quantity.

And then there's the shrinking package sizes- something that has always been a pound of product is suddenly only 14oz, or 13, or 12; a 2lb package suddenly becomes 38oz. I think it's deceitful.

Even worse, something I've noticed particularly at Walmart is that the unit pricing on the shelf label may be *completely* wrong- the math is incorrect, or the label displays the unit price based on a larger size, when the item on the shelf is actually a smaller size than what is on the label.

You just can't trust them anymore, you have to pay significantly more attention to make sure you aren't being screwed. It's usually only only 'a little bit'...but that 'little bit' swiped on 10s of millions of purchases adds up to a lot of dollars.

There's been a lot of talk about what the CEOs of large corporations are being paid (compared to the average worker) but I think a bigger issue is that it seems like many of these companies have an attitude of "We can stiff the consumers and there's not a darn thing they can do about it. Don't like it? Tough cookies. We can do what we want and you can't touch us." It seems to run the spectrum from product companies stiffing consumers on pricing and warrantees to insurance companies giving people the runaround on claims and doing everything they can to get out of paying (coughAlstatecough) to predatory pricing on drugs that people may die without.

It wouldn't surprise me if someday ticked-off consumers started 'going postal' on some of these companies. Of course, they'll be labeled as 'nuts' or 'terrorists'...but I think that a lot of people are feeling like they've been pushed around far too much, whether they see it as coming from the government or large companies, or both, and they're getting fed up and some may be nearing the breaking point.

And on a lighter note: The amount of time that a roll of TP lasts is directly proportional to the number of females in the household vs. the number of males.
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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It's absurdly expensive. But look carefully at pricing of different-sized packages. At several stores in my area, buying three packages of 9-rolls is significantly cheaper than buying one 24-roll package of the same brand. I save cash and get three extra rolls of the same size. That seems disingenuous to me. Haven't we been taught that buying big leads to savings? In this case, buying small does.
You'll sometimes see this with other items too. That's where looking at the unit pricing comes in handy (just make sure you're comparing the same units). I'm sure the stores know that some people think the bulk packages are always cheaper and deliberately price them this way sometimes, but sale prices, of course, could be at play too.

This thread just reminded me I need to stop at Costco after work for TP!
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Old 01-27-2016, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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Because now that we're retired, we're home using our own bathrooms rather than those at work.


And the butts are getting larger!
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:01 AM
 
Location: Upstate NY 🇺🇸
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All paper products are cheesy now, and they're being "downsized" like everything else. Paper napkins don't "stand up" in the countertop holders, and are so thin you have to blow on them to unfold them. I often quickly grab a paper towel from the hanging holder, and the entire roll (now narrow) pops out. Even the large lawn bags we use for fall leaf collection are thinner, and tear almost immediately when we open them.

I'm glad I at least remember when paper products weren't so flimsy and cheaply made.
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Old 01-27-2016, 09:14 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I use the generic from Sam's and they recently put more on the rolls, not less. They also raised the package price.

I used to shop around but I have allergic reactions to a lot of brands now...saving two dollars on a package doesn't save me anything if I have to go to the doctor for a steroid prescription to treat an allergic reaction.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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I had a old lady neighbor tell a store manager that it's getting too the point she cann't afford to wipe her ass. I thought it was funny but she didn't.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Sunny South Florida
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I've always been one of those people who only buy the four-packs. It is therefore a bit of a shock to pay $3 or more just for rolls of TP. Maybe it's one of those things they feel they can charge what they like since....well, we're kind of a captive audience. They quit publishing the Sears catalog.


I still flat-out refuse to buy TP in those 125-roll "superpacks" like you see taking up most of the tissue aisle. I have a small bathroom! Some of those packages are the size of a cocktail table.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:40 AM
 
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Do like I do and use both sides.
Lasts a lot longer but cleanup is a beyatch!
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