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Tavish
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   Posted 5/20/2005 6:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes it is trivial clutter, but I thought I'd throw it out there anyway, just for fun. Really it is not that fun to me right now, as I am having to scramble to find new staples.
 
A few years back, the only body lotion that I liked seemed to disappear from shelves.  When my grandmother passed 2 years ago, I found a Walgreens brand version of Vasoline that I loved, and found a suitable replacement.
 
Recently I noticed I can no longer find my favorite underwear anymore. All the ones I have tried since then are too tight here, ride up there, or whatever. Can't find the right ones.
 
Shortly after, my bras seemed to be taken off the shelf. This is a real problem, considering I have 2 different cup sizes, and bra shopping is a terrible challenge.  If I find one where the cups work well as a compromise, then the straps are bad or the wire is bad or something just does not work right.
 
So while I am still trying to find new bras and underwear that fit, now I think my hair mousse is gone.  Over the years I have tried dozens of products and always gone back to mousse, the same brand. Now I have to find another one. 
 
Anyone else going through product withdrawal?
Sigh.....
Lori


gma
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   Posted 5/20/2005 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori, you may be surprised if you Google what it is you are looking for. I used to buy Silver Fox shampoo and all of a sudden it was gone, a friend mentioned it was in some Vermont CountryStore catalog. I searched through Google and found it at CVS at a much lower price than the country store, and even with shipping costs it was not bad if I bought a large quantity. I liked a cotton nightgown and was having trouble finding them, and once again Google helped. Just put in the brand and see what you get. I am with you in hating to lose something I really like. Hugs MK


Tavish
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   Posted 5/20/2005 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. I have done that with a craft product that I use on baby gifts, I buy it from the manufacturer. I may do that for my other items, if possible. You also reminded me that my favorite cotton PJ's from Nordstrom's are gone too.....


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   Posted 5/20/2005 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Lori: rofl....does your post sound familiar. I had found a perfume that I loved. The store stopped carrying it. I found out that the company had stopped making it. I called England (days before computers in every home) and the company sent me the few bottles they had in the store room. The same thing has happened with certain foods, gum, etc. My family has asked me NOT to find a favorite of anything because they know that if I really, really like it, it will be discontinued!

Deb


 


DiVanDyke
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   Posted 5/20/2005 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
My favorite salad dressing, Carb Options, Olive Oil is recently gone from here too. Also, I was collecting white plates from Wal-Mart. They were square with rounded edges. They are gone now and my set wasn't complete. As if like wasn't tough enough. di

lemonz
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   Posted 5/20/2005 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL seems we are all in the same boat.... I am tired of finding something to make do.. I just ordered a case of Oregon Royal Anne Cherries. My SIL and I both use them and none of the stores around here sell them anymore. We went on the net and found the company number and called and ordered a case, even with shipping it still came to a lot less. Same with vegetable bags. I ordered a case of them and split that with someone also. Seems some products sell better in other parts of the country so they stop selling them where sales are down but if you ask, sometimes they are still available. Well I think I will go wind my Hop a long Cassidy watch and drop in at the Great Atlantic and Pacific food company and then go to the Flying A gas station and get my car filled for me and my windshield cleaned and a smiling attendant to take my money and bring me my change and give me my S&H green stamps. LOL Ah think there is a song about this stuff..... Those were the days my friend.... We thought they would never end......Love and hugs and hope you get a smile. Joyce


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Post Edited (lemonz) : 5/20/2005 6:42:01 PM (GMT-6)


wackygal
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   Posted 5/20/2005 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I too suffer from PVS (Product Vanishing Syndrome).  I live in terror of the day that my favorite brand Walmart Equate Facial cloths will dissappear, as they totally cleared up my "once-a-month-zit" for good.  So I buy a double pack everytime I go there...I must have a dozen or so in stock in my bathroom closet.  ;-)

Also love Herbal Essence Mousse, it makes my hair so shiny!  Again, I have to buy 2 with every trip to walmart. (gee maybe that's why I always end up spending $100 every time I go there????) 

My list goes on and on.....hand cream from Bath & Body Works (scent: moonlight path) I would FAINT if they discontinued that one....and I still miss my pattern at bed, bath and beyond... i think it was called golden pear (?) loved it, bought a few items... serving platter, bowls....then it was discontinued. (*!@)(&!@

May your vaseline never be replaced Lori!!!  ;-D

Stef

 

 


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Tavish
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   Posted 5/20/2005 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL Stef....let me clarify, that is Vaseline Instensive care lotion...Walgreens makes a knockoff version that is just like the Soft Sense I used to use. The only one that does not make my skin feel dry or tight afterwards. But my Finesse mousse....I've been using for years, and in one fell swoop, I fear the worst. I am still looking though, and should be able to find a suitable replacement, but not possible for the past few years...

I did start buying this lacquer product that I was using on some crafts that I made for friends who had babies, then it too disappear from Michaels and everywhere else. Luckily I had one bottle left, with the manufacturers name and I have been ordering those too.

Really, the Playtex bra and the Warner's underwear have me the most broken up...maybe next time I find a favorite item, I will find a backup just in case.

PVS? I must have a glass of wine to help with the cure!
L&H,
Lori


MNlady13
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   Posted 5/20/2005 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had this problem, too. Favorite hot cooked cereal was Pettijohns, a rolled wheat version of oatmeal made by Quaker. One day it was gone every place I looked. I sent Quaker and email (they call them oat mails, cute huh?) and learned the cereal was availabe in limited markets under the name Mother's Own. To my surprise I found it on the shelf at my DD's supermarket in Noblesville, IN. Some products are just not carried in all parts of the country. DD cannot buy Old Dutch potato chips in Indiana and when we lived in Ohio, I could not get little macaroni rings. Used to import them everytime I came home to visit.

DH has struggled to find regular Dentyne chewing gum. Seems the company has gone to selling new versions. But, he likes the same of things (guess I am glad about that,since I am one of the same old things in his life). I found "Classic Dentyne" in a gas station/convenience store in Pagosa Springs, Colo., last summer and bought the last five packages they had. Recently, he found his gum at a local drug store, that ironically caters to area seniors. He is a happy camper again. Lori, you might try contacting Playtex and Warners and see if the styles are carried anywhere. Perhaps one of the outlet mall shops. What an interesting topic.

Maybe we need a list of what people are looking for and see if we have it in our market place. Hugs to all, Lauri
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   Posted 5/21/2005 8:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Lori, I feel your pain. I have always loved Farina, it's a hot wheat cereal. I never had a problem getting it when we lived in the east. When we moved out here in Oct., I arrived with one unopened box which disappeared pretty quiickly. Off I went to Vons, Albertson's, Smith's, etc. Not a box to be had any place. Desperate for sustinence, I called DS who lives in NJ. He sent 2 boxes. Of course, there the cereal is on every shelf in every supermarket. In March DH had to go to CT for the closing on our country house. He brought back 3 boxes which will take us through to the end of June. By then we'll be going to NJ for DS's wedding and this time will probably come back with a case. The same thing has happened with teabags. I love an Irish breakfast tea called Barry's. Can't get it here, but I DID find it online. But then I wonder if the web supplier discontinues carrying it what I'll do. Oh, the stress!!! L&H's, Luci
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ardee
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   Posted 5/21/2005 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, I'm glad you brought this topic up. I've been looking everywhere for Quaker Oats Instant Oatmeal in cinnamon roll flavor. Since I haven't seen it in the last 5 or 6 trips to the grocery store, I'm guessing it's discontinued. Maybe they'll bring it back in the fall. Also, I finally bought Calvin Kline's Obsession from Robinson's May, and it was very expensive. It used to be everywhere. My son and I looked all over for it when we were in Mexico two years ago. I might have bought another bottle if I didn't have to take a second mortgage to buy it. Another gripe I have is that they bring out so many different variations of products that sometimes it's difficult to find the original, or I grab the wrong one by mistake. Why is life so complicated sometimes???

L&H,
Rita


gma
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   Posted 5/22/2005 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
LOL I love this thread. Remember how I used to go on about New England hot dogs? The kind with tough or real casing.... I have paid a small fortune for hot dogs here in TX that seem to be what I am hungry for according to the label. NOT! I like New England baked beans, too, and once in awhile I can find a jar of B&M beans here. Now I have seen a commercial that Bush's bean company is coming out with real Boston baked beans. I have been looking for them but so far have not found them in the stores.

Luci have you looked on line for Obsession? I bought my mother some of her favorite from Macy's on line, it is a different brand and also expensive.

I will be keeping my eyes open for the items you all are looking for. LOL

Hugs MK


Pegzilla#2
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   Posted 5/22/2005 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
And now for your Marketing 101 lecture....
 
Every product has a "life cycle"...and when a product hits the stage called "maturity" (meaning its been selling well for a while) they sometimes decide to avoid moving into the next stage (decline) by CHANGING IT. mad   So much for giving the consumer what they want. Okay, lecture over.
 
Lori, I used to love Soft Sense too. I've switched to Aveeno, and I really like it (which means it's sure to disappear soon). I use Aveeno shave gel on my legs, and it's sometimes hard to find.
 
I bought a trash can for my kitchen that I just love, because it's a little bigger than the standard can, and it's square, so it fits nicely in the spot right in front of the phone...but being larger, the only can liners that fit are the trash compactor ones, more expensive than the standard ones and harder to find.
 
This thread was fun to read!!
 
Peg

Tavish
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   Posted 5/22/2005 4:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Went to a CVS today and found 4 varieties of my mousse (Finesse) including 2 cans of the formula that I like. You bet I bought them!

Also have had trouble finding my Almay makeup, but still see it now and then.

Some company websites (like Kellogg, for example) have a product locator. A contact from work in Baltimore was looking for a certain cereal, and we found it at some local stores here, so now I bring him a few boxes when I see him.

I should do the same with my bras and underwear.

Glad everyone has had fun with this clutter thread, seems we can all relate!
L&H,
Lori


MiaB
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   Posted 5/23/2005 6:13 AM (GMT -7)   
this has been a fun thread!  It reminded me of make-up, clothes, food and odds and ends I used to love but could no longer find.  DH should read this and then when I stock up on something I really like (like the super comfy Vassarette bras I found at Wal-Mart) he will understand.  These bras were the only ones of about 6 I tried that I could wear during rads.  They have all the support of an underwire without the wire!  I got 2 colors but each time I go to Wal-Mart I look to see if they still have them.  This thread has me ready to head out the door to go get a dozen or so!
Mia
 
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