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Why Do They Do That????

November 1, 2010

Well…it’s been a while, but this has really peed me off!!      Why do they do it????

My beef is with companies who change a product, but don’t change the name!  It’s a different product, for f**K’s sake!!!  Change the name!!!!!

OK, I hear you ask, what has got me wound up now??  Fabric softner, that’s what!!  Comfort, to be exact.  I finally found one that smelled gorgeous called Sunshine…it had a nice fresh scent with a hint of amber or sandalwood.  Then it’s name apparently changed to Sunshiny Days…and it stank like lavatory cleaner!!  It was vile!!!    😦

Anyway, Robert came home from shopping, last weekend, and said that Sunshine was back on the shelves…so he bought some…YAY!!!  Washing was bunged in the machine, powder, then a liberal dose of Sunshine.  Sandi was a happy bunny…until clothes were dried and I went to iron them…!  Lavatory cleaner???!!!!  AAAARRRGH!!!!!!  VILE!!!!

Why do they do that????  It’s misleading the customer…in fact it’s cheating the customer!!!!!

20 Comments leave one →
  1. Natalia permalink
    November 1, 2010 10:16 pm

    Sandi, sometimes these companies are their own worst enemies. As to why they tamper with the product in such a malodourous fashion, my guess… cut corners to save money in production. xx

    • November 1, 2010 10:32 pm

      Well, it’s certainly put me off of Comfort! There aren’t many fabric softeners that actually smell nice, so when you finally find one that does, you want to stick with it. Then they change it and make it smell vile…like you say, Natalia, they aren’t doing themselves any favours!!

  2. November 1, 2010 10:57 pm

    I stopped using the conditioners and liquids that had the fancy name smells to them. I found that they did smell awful as whatever gave them the scent seems to disintegrate while they are in the airing cupboard or draws etc and ended up having to wash them again. Really annoying when it is the duvet cover and sheets that need re washing. I use the Ariel Gel all the time now and that is ok, (and brilliant at getting pots and pans clean if you leave a smear of it over the burnt on bits for as long as you can), don’t need softener although if I do use the tumble drier, one of Tescos own drier sheet thingys is all that is needed to make stuff soft and non static.

    • November 2, 2010 7:39 am

      And another thing…..if the Ariel gel/powders etc are sooo good and the ultimate in cleaning even at low temperatures as they are keen to advertise WHY bring out a new Stain removal product to use with it???

  3. Rocket Man permalink
    November 2, 2010 12:32 am

    They do it because they can and think there’s nothing we can do about it!

    Well, I say there is something we can do about it. We need to form a mob, find out where their corporate headquarters are located, storm the place and show them just how much we hate their tactics.

    Sandi, you start making torches. You have enough scraps of cloth stashed away to make a couple hundred, at least.

    Robert, start rounding up pitch forks, scythes, anything sharp and potentially painful.

    Simon, fuel to soak the torches in and a few electrical “surprises”.

    Anne, we’ll need a pictorial record of the event to send out to other corporate big shots as a warning. I’ll provide the rope and firearms. I figure if we post video on the Internet as we string a few up and burn a few at the stake that’ll get someone’s attention!

    Which brings us to Natalia. We’re probably going to need money for bail bonds and legal representation so start scouting out petrol stations to knock over. The chimps are old hands at this and will be glad to help.

    Now, is it time for my Prozac yet?

    Has anyone seen my left shoe?

  4. Mike Mac permalink
    November 2, 2010 7:17 am

    All this pales into insignificance compared to when McVities changed the constitution and taste of their Digestive biscuits….i’m besides myself with anger….honest! You used to be able to reasonably neatly break one in half and dunk it in your morning coffee/tea without fear of it almost instantly dissolving into a mushy mess and it actually tasted fantastic…nowadays it breaks into at least eight pieces (i’ve even tried gently using a carving knife!) and resembes the taste of cardboard thats been left outside in the rain for a week!! Bring back hanging i say!!

    • November 2, 2010 7:43 am

      Awww, the demise of the decent dunking digestive.

  5. November 2, 2010 9:43 am

    So…Unilever HQ first…then on to McVities…any others we should know about??? LOL!!

  6. November 2, 2010 10:58 am

    Mmmmmmm….haven’t had Digestives for ages…I used to munch my way through packets of ’em…until I checked out the calorific values!! Ouch!!!!

  7. November 2, 2010 11:29 am

    Sorry can’t stop laughing at RM and Mike’s comments!
    I only ever buy the sensitive fc so don’t notice the smell… although I have blown my nose off trying to have a smell at some of them!

    • November 2, 2010 11:15 pm

      Some of them smell bloody awful, but now Sunshine/sunshiny days can join them!!
      Oh well…back to the drawing board!!

  8. Arlene permalink
    November 2, 2010 4:22 pm

    Wow Sandi, you might have been gone for a while but you’ve come back with a vengeance, what!
    I’ll add to misleading adverts, I went to the garage to fill up the car last week and as I was standing there holding the pump i was gazing idly around and my eye fell on a largish poster by the reception door, saying ‘Get 2p a litre off you petrol if you spend at least £5 in shop’ well that’s a bit of OK as I was filling up with £50 worth, I picked up a gift card to put away for Christmas and asked was it OK, yes he said, but it’s only the first 25 litres so that’s a saving of 50p I told him in no uncertain manner where to put his gift card and paid, I did notice when I checked my card details he’s taken the 50p off, but what a swizz and very misleading, a few other people in the queue thought so too. SHELL watch it , we’re onto you.

    • November 2, 2010 11:09 pm

      Misleading advertising also goes to Currys…Free Delivery stated the posters all over the store, so when we bought the washing machine we expected…well, free delivery. No chance! We were charged twenty-odd pounds and told that if we wanted free delivery we would have to wait several weeks for a free slot. Robert checked online…Free Delivery it stated…so he phoned the store and complained about it…and got the delivery charge refunded! Cheeky buggers!!

      • November 3, 2010 7:46 am

        What about all these ATM’s that state Free Cash! There is always a catch.

  9. November 3, 2010 10:52 am

    LOL! The bu**ers take the money out of your account…so not giving away free money at all!!

  10. November 3, 2010 4:59 pm

    My pet peeve is with the printer manufacturers. You get a good deal on a printer only to find out, when it’s time to buy replacement cartridges, that there’s a new model of the same machine, complete with new cartridges, and it’s cheaper than buying new cartridges for the printer you just bought! I’ve purchase 7 printers in that past 5 years, 3 of which are all in one machines, and 4 of them are out in the storage shed while I try to figure out what to do with them!

    I say we build a medieval catapult and bombard HP, Canon, Epson, Lexmark and all the rest with flaming out of ink printers! Sandi can make the period costumes and we can reenact the storming of the Bastille!

    • November 3, 2010 8:01 pm

      Sounds like a good idea to me, Chip…but are we doing Medieval…or French Revolution…or just a mixture and to heck with historical accuracy. Fantasy is good!

  11. December 16, 2010 5:40 pm

    the biggest most horrendous change to a wonderful winter warmer was when THEY removed beef extract from the BOVRIL drink . . .

    • December 29, 2010 3:09 pm

      They what??? But that is what Bovril is all about, isn’t it!!!

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