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Toilet Paper and Greed? Just One More Stinking Issue to Crab About.

Updated on March 20, 2016

At least my cat listens to me


All about bathroom tissues

the wrong way to hang toilet paper
the wrong way to hang toilet paper | Source
cheaper paper - higher costs -  flush our money down the drain
cheaper paper - higher costs - flush our money down the drain
cheaper quality making us use more
cheaper quality making us use more
no longer comes in colors
no longer comes in colors
no longer comes with prints or designs
no longer comes with prints or designs
the original outhouse
the original outhouse
the correct way to hang toilet tissue
the correct way to hang toilet tissue

A basic essential

Bathroom tissue is a basic essential that we cannot live without.

It has been extremely lessened in quality for increases in profits.

This is just another example of corporate America putting net profits above quality, or customer satisfaction.

This is just one more thing to crab about.

Now here is an issue you don't hear about everyday.

We just seem to ignore the problem by flushing it down the toilet. Literally.

When the greed set in

I am old enough to remember when toilet paper was not an issue. You could buy any brand and it served the purpose it was supposed to without any 'stinking' hassle.

Once the greed started setting into our decent society, the problem started. Mid 1970's is when it all began. We all saw it coming, but no-one paid any attention and we never dreamed how bad it could get. It was so insidious that people thought it was just another passing fad - much like the hula hoop, or the maxi - midi - mini skirts, or bell bottom pants.

The manufacturers of toilet paper, in their infinite quest to make greater profits, started making their paper products thinner and weaker in order to promote greater usage, ergo, greater profits.

It didn't matter about the comfort of the users of their products. And it just kept getting worse in severity as each year passed.

When the other manufacturers of toilet paper saw the outcome, and that they could make more money from a product that no-one could live without, they all started following suit.

One by one they weakened their products to strengthen their profits. And we just sat around idly; poking our fingers through those little sheets of paper and grumbling to ourselves.

The last turncoat

After the 80's and 90's passed the only paper manufacturer that stayed true to their convictions and to the comfort of their customers, was Scott brand. The cost was higher, but your fingers stayed cleaner, so it was worth the extra price.

Their competition was crowding them out of the market with their cheaper products. Then they introduced those little moist hand wipes so you could clean your finger after the multiple "breakthroughs while using their cheap crappy products."

So Scott caved in and followed suit - after all, no-one seemed to care about this issue and we simply complied by using greater numbers of pieces, and those little moist finger wipes, to do the job that one or two pieces used to do. Oh, boo hoo.

The Toilet Paper Song

Going with the flow

Young people don't know the difference, so they just live with it.

Old people, like me, who know the difference just shrug our shoulders and say - oh, well, it's just a sign of the times.

I never thought i would see the day that using toilet paper would be such a traumatic social issue. Not only to your finger tips and psyche, but to your pocket book as well.

There, now i feel better about it psychologically, but still long for those days when using your toilet paper did not cause daily anguish and disdain for the system of greed that created all this mess.

Hence, from the "bowels" of the past, cometh all the woes of today.

Special comments:

#1) I just wanted to add the comment made by fellow hubber: 'one good woman': It is not only comical, but shows how complacent we have become in accepting things that we have little or no control over.

Her comment: ''It still beats using leaves, corncobs and the sears catalog''.

You probably have to have been brought up in the country to appreciate the humor in that comment. Thanks 'one good woman' - check out her hubs.

#2) I just had to add the second hilarious comment below by M.A.Hook:

''It's been so many years since we had to resort to the sears catalog i forgot this great tragedy: when Sears went from pulp paper to that slick colored paper". Thanks M.A.Hook. L.O.L.

by: d.william 10/26/10

Why toilet tissue will never be a thing of the past

© 2010 d.william


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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and commenting. I added your comment to the addendum on my hub. Funny. Thanks for your input.

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      M. A. Hook 7 years ago

      Yeah, the same thing happened in the past, too, when Sears went from pulp paper to that slick colored paper...

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I look forward to reading your work as well.

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      Granny's House 7 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Funny and so true. Thanks for writing a hub about nothing. Anymore it seems like they are all about some issue. This was fun

      Great job

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thank you for reading and your comments.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, ha ha I can't say I had noticed! but then again the amount that my son uses, he could write a book on it! thanks for the laugh! cheers nell

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Thanks for you OK. I did add an addendum to my article above.

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      d.william 7 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      That is hilarious. I wish i had thought of that, i would have added it to the end of the hub. thanks for you comment. As a matter of fact, i think i will, but i will say it is a comment from you, OK?

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      You have to admit, it still beats leaves, corncobs, and the Sears catalog!


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