I know, companies have planned obsolescence so we will buy their latest and greatest but darn, for us old farts who get to like something and want to keep one thing, geez, we have no chance whatsoever.
My favorite electric toothbrush, Oral B Sonic Complete. Discontinued for a long time now and according to Oral B, better ones have come out, but the bottom drawer of my bathroom vanity tells a different story – of other Oral B and Phillips electric toothbrushes that make my head spin. I now have duct tape on my original Sonic Complete and pay a fortune on Amazon for their proprietary-only-fits-Sonic-Complete brush heads (another pet peeve).
My favorite Eileen Fisher jacket, a simple black wool car length sweater, no collar, snap front, dress up or down, covers the backside. Perfection. My old one is nearing a decade old now, starting to show age, a hole here and there but I’m hanging on to it for dear life.
This isn’t it exactly, but close enough for you to get the drift:
My favorite old car size Kleenex boxes, now replaced with boxes that make one have to be an Olympic gymnast to access the Kleenex from the car side pocket. Puffs brand makes a car cup design that is are about the stupidest design ever.Kleenex brand new wedge design, equally tough to access one sneezenex. Begs the question: why would you take a winner, a proven product, remove it from the market??
And if you aren’t discouraged enough about things constantly being discontinued, CHANGE is a pretty awful fear for consumers too. My housefrau outfit includes a Lands End long-sleeve polo shirt. Been wearing them forever. I bought a couple more recently, same model, same size, but Lord, they are completely differently made, the sleeves come down to my knees and the length overall of the shirt is almost FIVE INCHES MORE. For me, a shortstride, this makes the shirt long enough to be a mini skirt on me.
Same goes for a pair of TravelSmith pants I bought for the trip. I ordered the same model, the same size as the old ones, and I couldn’t pull them on. I had to return them. I notice many merchants are referring to their ALL NEW sizing. Hey, what if we want the OLD sizing??
To further the frustration level of consumers, when I returned the TravelSmith pants and two other things to another merchant, I wrote a note attached the return slip, saying how disappointed I was that the old sizing is gone. Not one merchant reached out to me for comment, or further discussion. So when they say “add comments”, who reads it and what do they do with it? Apparently nothing.
I don’t buy all that many clothes but I’m a tough fit because I’m short so when I find a brand that fits me perfectly, I am brand loyal, but I guess the merchants aren’t as loyal back. Sigh.
In political news, like many of you, I’m in full panic mode, worried about a bomb dropping on Trump, not wanting to be optimistic about a chance for his win, but but but when the leading democratic statistician and odds maker, Five Thirty Eight, says, hmmmm, there might be a chance for Trump to get the Electoral College win, well, I might think that means there IS a chance.
A week from today, we’ll know. Hard to comprehend. Hang on tight. Otherwise, have a good Wednesday.