In the past few months a couple of products I purchase on a regular basis have changed and in my opinion, for the worse. Based on these changes, I will not purchase these products again.
The first was Hillbilly bread by Franz. It was a nice light wheat bread that made kick ass sandwiches. I was even willing to pay $2.39 a loaf for it, even when other kinds of bread were on sale for much cheaper. Last month I noticed my local Safeway had Lumberjack bread instead of Hillbilly bread. The packages looked the same except for the name so I figured maybe the name was changed to be PC. Wrong. Lumberjack bread has a totally different taste and texture. I contacted Franz to see what was going on and I was told it was a marketing decision, here in the Pacific Northwest, folks could relate to a lumberjack easier than a hillbilly. I will no longer purchase Franz products.
Then this morning in the shower I got another rude surprise. When I first grew a beard about 10 years ago, to combat the itchies, I used Head and Shoulders shampoo to wash my beard. I have had no reason to change over the years, my beard is always nice and clean, it doesn’t itch at all, and I don’t get dry skin flakes (beard dandruff?). Last weekend I noticed my current bottle was almost empty so I had my wife pick up a new one. This morning I noticed that the H&S bottle was different and it had those words on the front: New and Improved. Hmmmm. I figured they made it better at preventing dandruff and the itchies. I squeezed out some on my hand and started working it into my beard. Then I notice what was new. The smell. Someone decided H&S has to smell. And to me anyway, it is not a pleasant smell. It is a musky scent that it popular with a lot of younger folks today. I don’t like it. I have visited the H&S website and let them know too. In the mean time I have a $6 bottle of shampoo I will not use. Looks like a trip to Walmart tomorrow to sniff other brands of dandruff shampoos.
Any product change recently that made you change your mind about buying that product again?