Cottonelle Toilet Paper Contained No Cotton Until 2013

Cottonelle Toilet Paper Contained No Cotton Until 2013

Have you ever stopped to wonder whether Cottonelle brand toilet paper has any cotton in it? Well, of course it does–”cotton” is right there in the name, right? That’s what Ed had always thought. Then he saw a sign on the shelf at Sam’s Club that challenged his assumptions. Not that he had really given toilet paper ingredients enough thought to form any assumptions. [More]

This Tissue Coupon Can’t Possibly Be Verizon Math

This Tissue Coupon Can’t Possibly Be Verizon Math

Verizon math, as you may recall, is what happens when copywriters or customer service drones aren’t quite clear on how decimal points or cents signs work. Using Verizon math, $.01 and .01¢ are the same number. Is this item from the Redplum coupon book an example of a silly typo, or of Verizon math? [More]

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Call It Desheeting Or Bulking Up: Any Way You Wipe It, It’s Less Toilet Paper At The Same Price

Regular readers of Consumerist are familiar with what we call the Grocery Shrink Ray, that phenomenon wherein an item sold at X price at a retailer shrinks in size but still costs X amount. In the toilet paper and tissue industry it’s called “desheeting”  or even “bulking up” instead but essentially means the same thing: less product, same price, which means more money for the item’s makers. [More]

Scott is just one of many brands participating in the Box Tops for Education program.

Man Collects $200,000 In Box Tops To Raise Money For Schools, But Did He Cheat?

Where do you draw the line between being industrious and being a cheat? That’s the question the folks at Scott are working through after a Brooklyn man, attempting to get the most out of a school fundraising promotion, submitted around $200,000 worth of box tops to the company. [More]

Diapers, diapers everywhere...

Explosion At Japanese Chemical Plant Results In Run On Diapers In North Texas

Over the weekend, there was an explosion inside a chemical plant in Japan. So it only makes sense that the parents of youngsters in North Texas are buying oodles of diapers. [More]

Kotex Was Totally Going To Get Around To Destroying Tainted Tampons But Someone Stole Them First

Kotex Was Totally Going To Get Around To Destroying Tainted Tampons But Someone Stole Them First

Kotex’s parent company Kimberly-Clark is totally willing to own up when one of its products is less than perfect. That’s why the company said it had intended to destroy a batch of tainted Kotex Natural Balance Tampons, which could contain unhealthy levels of bacteria and “metallic particles” that aren’t so good for you. But some odd villian thwarted that plan by swiping the tainted tampons and selling them to the public despite their unworthiness. [More]

Market Researchers Want To Literally Read Your Mind

Market Researchers Want To Literally Read Your Mind

People lie. What we want isn’t always what we say we want. This poses a problem for marketers, who depend on market research before launching new or redesigned products. Researchers have learned that people in focus groups tend to tell the authority figures running the test what they think the tester wants to hear. They say that they’re interested in products without considering whether they would actually buy them. They say that something draws their eye when it really doesn’t. Fortunately, technology has caught up with our lies. Market researchers can now track subjects’ retinas to see what products really draw their eye, analyze barely perceptible involuntary facial expressions, and even monitor brain waves to see which choices elicit happy thoughts. [More]

Don’t Worry, That’s Just Bread Mold On Your Tampon

Don’t Worry, That’s Just Bread Mold On Your Tampon

Normally, Danielle wouldn’t have pulled her Kotex tampon out of the applicator for inspection before using it. I mean, who does that? One happened to fall out of the applicator, though, and that’s when she saw them. The splotches of blackish mold. “Makes you wonder how many times things like this happen to tampons and we don’t have a clue,” she wrote. Um, yes. [More]

Scott Rolls Out Tube-Free Toilet Paper To Reduce Waste

Scott Rolls Out Tube-Free Toilet Paper To Reduce Waste

The toilet paper business is going down the drain — literally. Starting this week, Kimberly-Clark has begun selling Scott Naturals Tube-Free toilet paper that won’t have you throwing out or recycling anything when the roll is finished. [More]