Then we hit the supermarket and are confronted with whole sections of aisles devoted to different brands and permutations of very specific things. I'm pretty sure this has got worse as I'v got older. I remember when we moved to the US in 1979 and being amazed by the variety of types of thing in the supermarket. What amazed us there then has long been the norm here now, too.
But I'm pretty sure I remember, when I was young, that supermarkets could fit all the tins and bottles that related to 'tomato' (tomato paste, tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, bottled sauce) in one aisle. Now they're spread out among at least two. (Oh, the difficult lives we lead!)
Then there's this stuff:
PanadolWHY are there a million types of Panadol? I'm not talking varieties of painkillers or brands, but different types of the SAME brand of the SAME kind of painkiller.
I understand choice of delivery system: some people prefer soluble tablets, some prefer traditional tablets, and some (like me) prefer "caplets". (Capsules are no longer sold as they can be tampered with). But still, aren't a couple of choices enough? As long as one of those includes caplets?
As for type of pain targeted and speed of relief: headache vs osteo, normal vs "rapid relief": do they really work differently? It doesn't seem plausible to me, and if you turn the packets over and read the back, they seem pretty much the same. But apparently I am wrong: there are apparently (small) differences which you can read about here.
Band-AidsWhen I was a kid, I'm pretty sure there was just one kind of Band-Aid. That one kind was one size, and came in little paper envelopes threaded with red string that was supposed to tear the envelope open when you pulled it down, but usually did not. They stuck to your skin like glue, left a grey residue outline, and were ripped off by your mum when a corner came unstuck and they started to tug at your knee hairs but you were still too chicken to tear them off yourself.
But I'm on board with child-friendly band-aids. I've bought my share of Dora, Wiggles and Barbie band-aids, marveled at how easily they peel off, and stifled impatience at kids rifling through the packet searching for the one they want or refusing to wear Dora when we've run out of Barbie. I'm kind of glad we're past that now, and the kids will only wear regular band-aids.
But the shapes - so many shapes! When did it ever get so complicated?
Dog mince and Cat minceHere is beef mince for dogs:
Here is beef mince for cats:
They are actually not different colours though it looks that way from my photos. (You try taking surreptitious product photos in a supermarket).
Since they're both made of minced beef one can't help but wonder, what is the difference?
Well, it's not much. Both are mostly beef and contain the same ingredients. They both contain kangaroo and seaweed extract, and the cat mince has a little more of those in it. I bought one pack of each and feed my dog and the cat both from the same pack. We used the dog meat first and then the cat meat. No preference was shown by either animal, of course.
The only important thing for both pets is that meat from the other animal's bowl generally seems to taste better.
What kinds of consumer choice make you happy, and which ones make you crazy?