I remember when Pop-Tarts got smaller. Not signficantly smaller, mind you, just shorter, a little off the top. And then when they switched from six/box to eight? They started out as a free bonus pack. Those were the days. All of this shifting of weight/size/quantity, and other attributes went on while they juggled prices, and was designed to improve Pop Tarts profit margins without perceptibly rocking the consumer's boat.
It's not clear, but the same thing might be happening right now with Pampers. I've noticed some differences between boxes of Pampers purchased in NYC and DC lately. And here's what DT reader Brad says:
The Pampers Swaddlers and other Pamper diapers seem to have two kind of diaper but called the same thing.Shanntastic, a new mom's blog, has a side-by-side comparison. The verdict: one Swaddler is "rough and cardboard-y," and the other is "delightfully squishy and soft and powder-scented." [remember, she sacrificed her weekend for her readers.]
One is soft, well lined, and the logo is printed very clearly on it.
The other has a fuzzy logo sometimes, some kind of mesh net lining that seems somehow half-finished, and the diaper feels like a cheap, bad version of what the diaper should be. Is it just me, or is this a trend?
One Shanntastic commenter said the consumer hotline for P&G [Pampers' manufacturer] said they'd changed their manufacturing process, but that "their focus group studies had concluded that most people didn't notice the change."
But on Amazon in October, one reviewer said P&G claimed it was "a glitch in their manufacturing process." When successive packages still showed the "glitch," she called again, and was told there's no glitch, it must be her hand lotion [presumably not a P&G brand].
Unlike the mainstream baby media, Pampers hasn't bought Daddy Types' silence by placing pages and pages of ads each month. [And fortunately for my credibility, you can't see me making the universal thumb-in-ear, pinky-near-mouth "call me!" sign at P&G's agency right now]. So I'll ask the tough questions: WTF is going on with the Pampers these days?
Related: What's that? You get a $20 Amazon credit when you buy $89 of Pampers products? [Offer ends Dec. 31st, some restrictions apply?] Oh, why do you grinches complain about the company that gives us so much?