- potato chips in bags, but detergent in boxes. So is the detergent going to get smashed or something?
- half-filled boxes to fool me into thinking they really contain the same amount of stuff they used to. I'm not ignorant--I can read the ounces and pounds, ya know.
- snack/junk foods claiming to be healthy. A Twinkie is a Twinkie, even if it's a little Twinkie and still has little to no nutritional value.
Clothing manufacturers have some odd tricks too, like:
- zippers on the side of skirts and pants. I don't know about you, but these are such a hassle to get zipped up for me, and usually end up getting snagged.
- "one size fits all." Uh, have they really looked at Americans? How can something that fits a 5'10" willowy woman with long arms and legs also fit short, stocky me, with my short arms and average legs? We are nowhere near "one size."
- clothes that look great on the hanger in the store, and when you wear them the first time--but are wrinkled and shapeless after one wearing. Wal-Mart clothes are great for this. a tee shirt will look nice for about one wearing, then the color fades, the shape shifts and it looks like you've washed it one hundred times. Not a bargain at any price, even at the resale places.
Then there are the ads! Like:
- buy now and save! How can I save if I'm spending money?
- "all you can eat" buffets. Why is that a good idea? We're fat enough already.
- "Get a free (cheaply made) something-or-other with purchase." Why do I need it? I've got plenty of junk, and another piece of poorly made electronics or tools isn't going to sway me to buy something I don't need.
Okay, those are some of the things that drive me nuts. What about you? What's on your list?