Thursday, November 20, 2008

Confessions of a Paper Towel Snob

I just returned from grocery shopping at Wal*Mart - Aka "Mall of America". One of the very important items on my shopping list was paper towels. Despite having one side of an entire aisle dedicated to paper towels, I could not find what I was looking for. I looked high and low from one end to the other and back again, but I just couldn't find them - the cheap paper towels with the cute pastel prints that I usually buy.

I refuse to pay more than $2.00 for a three pack. In fact, I usually only pay about $1.50 for my usual selection - now listed at $1.84 - and there are actually cheaper ones if I am willing to sacrifice the quality, but I do have standards. When it comes to paper towel quality, I don't have to have paper so thick that you can wash the dishes and still re-use them, but I do want something that will hold up as a makeshift "plate" for breakfast or a sandwich. And I like the ones with the cute little pastel colored shapes or animals printed on them.

Today, however, was a different story. There they were, sitting right in front of me begging me to buy them. I tried to look past them several times. I tried to deny they they were my usuals. Something was definitely wrong with these three packs of paper towels wrapped in the familiar generic Wal-Mart brand wrapper. So I snubbed my nose at them as an act of denial and continued to walk up and down the aisle looking for MY paper towels. Where were they? Why couldn't I find them? Finally I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to buy this package that looked vaguely familiar but somehow suspiciously different.

The problem, you see, is that THESE paper towels did not have anything printed on them. They were PLAIN!
No prints to be seen. How could I take these plain vanilla paper towel wannabes home and pass them off as my usual selection. I'm not sure what happened that caused this product change. Did they run out of ink or maybe they had to layoff the person who runs the printing equipment? Was it an eco-friendly decision? Is our economy so strained that we are now going to have to sacrifice those lovely prints and pay more too?

I could go on but I will not. Lets just leave it at this: Yes America, I confess - I AM A PAPER TOWEL SNOB. :-)

1 comment:

  1. What? No pictures on the paper towels!? The horror. How dare they torture us innocent civilians like this? Let's unite, form the WWPPTU (We Want Printed Paper Towels Union). We will not rest until our demands are are fulfilled- printed paper towles in various colors, for cheap. Divided, we are weak. But united, the paper towles shall be ours!


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