Following are a couple rants about consumer products. But this isn't just empty griping. No, this griping is bursting at the seams with constructive feedback that, if heeded, will give those manufacturers/retailers a decided edge over their competition when it comes to selling stuff to me. And since it's all about me, the smart ones will pay attention.
First up, we have cotton. I like cotton. Wearing cotton says, I don't care what you have to look at, 'cause I'm comfortable, dammit. And I like saying that. Sometimes I say it out loud. Then, I'm not only comfortable, but I also get plenty of personal space.
As much as I like cotton, it doesn't like me. I'm talking about variable shrinkage here. You know that first time you pull it out of the drier, it'll have shrunk. How much, is anyone's guess. Just tonight I bought two pairs of pants. I got them too loose and too long, as preemptive shrinkage compensation. Will it be too much? Not enough? Who knows? They're manifesting their destiny in the drier as I type.
Why don't they just preshrink everything, charge a couple bucks more, and slap a big "preshrunk" label on it? It can't cost that much to wet stuff down then heat dry it. To me, $30 for something I know I can wear more than once is a better investment than $25 for something that's a gamble. As an aside, I was looking at the care label on one of these. Who actually irons jeans? Isn't the whole point of jeans to not be in that uncomfortable formal dress clothes zone?
Next up, we've got ketchup packaging. Specifically, the foil packets. When I run through the drive through at Mickey D's/Burger King/Tasty In 'n' Out/Big Al's House-O-Ground Beef, and order fries, they give me ketchup in those flat little packets. What am I supposed to do with this? Squirt it on the dashboard, and dip my fries there?
If one of these places had ketchup in the same little plastic tubs with the peel-off lids that they put pancake syrup in, it could very well be the deciding factor in which place I go. Ironically, I don't need a free-standing container for syrup, which I'm just going to dump on pancakes. A flat foil packet would be fine.
Finally, pancake/waffle mix. Anyone who knows me well knows my special relationship to waffles (and yes, I'm getting help). The mix requires you to measure it. The box it comes in isn't quite big enough to comfortably fit a measuring cup down into, to scoop. But pancake mix doesn't pour. It's tenacious in its determination to stay in the box, and when it does relent, it all comes out.
Again, put it in a different container. One that accommodates a cup measure. I often end up transferring it to a different container myself. If the manufacturer did this for me, it could be the deciding factor in which brand I buy.
Okay. I'm done now.
Anyone else with any constructive rants?