The Word "Used" Should Never Describe Sanitary Products For Sale

Anyone can appreciate a good bargain on a used product that works just as well as when it was in brand new condition. Used cars? Great! Gently worn clothing? Sign me up. But perhaps when describing an item such as say, feminine hygiene products, such a term should not be attached.

An eagle-eyed and grossed-out Consumerist reader spotted one such case currently being sold on Amazon.com — a six-pack of Carefree panty liners listed as “Used – Like New” for the bargain basement price of $5.22. Which, incidentally, is more expensive than buying them new for $2.75.

Now, of course these have not been actually used by someone and placed back inside the packaging. Perhaps someone opened the package only to change their mind about their feminine hygiene needs.

In any case, Amazon, please rethink the use of “used.” We did a quick search to see which other products (underwear, tampons, lubricant, etc.) sold through the e-tailer might be tagged as such that shouldn’t be, and only came up with a case of toilet paper labeled as “used.” Oh, and then there’s this. Might not want that after someone else has read it.

Buying personal products from a discount retailer could always result in surprises, as well — like cocaine in your tampons. We’re learning a lot of lessons lately.

Feel free to share any other examples of horrifyingly labeled products you come across, in the comments or sent to tips@consumerist.com.