Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Quality Control?

It seems that everyday I find something has changed in whatever I buy. The large box of cereal which once had 25 ounces now has 20 ounces and a higher price. Canned goods have less in them. Prices are not going down. Gee, imagine that. Every time I see "new, or improved" I have to wonder what is new or improved. Sometimes the "new, low fat" just means it has 10% fat as opposed to 15%. What does "new formula" mean? Companies are getting sneakier in how they list ingredients or amounts of product. I've seen smaller containers of laundry detergent or softener which proudly say they are better than before. Sure they are.

A friend of my husband had time on his hands one day so he decided to test the truth on a package of AngelSoft toilet paper. He decided to count all the squares on the roll. I told you he had time on his hands. The toilet paper was advertized as having 200 sheets per roll. When he counted the sheets on a roll, he discovered the roll was short a few sheets. Instead of having 200 sheets, it had 158. So, he tried another roll and so on. He wrote the company. This company was very impressed with his concerns. After thanking him and promising to improve, they sent him some of the new 200 sheet paper rolls. Curious, he again counted the number on sheets on the rolls. There were 168 sheets, still not 200. Quality control must not be an exact science, at least for toilet paper.

4 comments:

Dr.John said...

Quality control is not a science for anybody. New and improved means they have figured out how to take more of your money.

cube said...

I guess that's what they call progress. Sheesh.

pineapple said...

Where is Ralph Nader when you need him? Oh wait, he is "running" for president...

quilly said...

Quality Control is in charge of making sure the lowest quality product is offered for the highest possible price.