Next time you buy bath tissue, be careful – you might be getting rolled.
I am not one of those guys who is too lazy to put a new roll of “tp” on the holder. (I’m a pretty civilized bathroom user. At the risk of being kicked out of the “typical male” club, I’ll even admit, here and now, that I wash my hands.) But I’d rather reload the roller less often, so I prefer larger rolls. And in shopping for those, I’ve noticed that several manufacturers have begun playing a game that forces the consumer who wants a goo deal to pay way more attention to the product than it deserves.
Quickie quiz: which do you think has more sheets on it – a “large” roll or a “big” roll? And how do those compare to “double” rolls? Truth is, you have to look for the sheet count to really tell. And chances are, they’ve rolled out a few more choice adjectives for the custom sizes they sell to dollar stores, etc., to confuse you even more!
Does your mind really have space for a deep consideration of your choice among 12 double rolls at 6.99, 36 big rolls at $ 15.99, 9 large rolls at $8.99, or 16 “mega” rolls at $14.99? They’re hoping not. I’ m wondering if this is just one more reason why so many people across the globe hate us – perhaps American industry could do something more important than change production lines and retool dies to provide us an unlimited variety of sheet-count options.
You might be saying “get a life” – and granted, it’s not a big, huge, or large issue. But I guess that all depends on where you stand – or sit – when you’re nearing the end of the roll!
Last second update – as I was completing this post, I saw an ad for a paper towel manufacturer introducing its new “HUGE” roll. As one of my favorite writers Dave Barry would say, “I am not making this up.”