I guess the most famous example of this is New Coke. They took a very successful product that people loved and just changed it. For no reason. And people hated it.
There are two much more recent examples of this phenomenon that I am irritated by.
Pine-Sol. They changed Pine-Sol, for god’s sake! I used to love the smell of that stuff- it made cleaning bearable and almost even enjoyable! I could take the top of a bottle of Pine-Sol and sniff it all day long if you’d let me. So, of course, they changed it. Now it’s a completely different smell. I liken it to cheap men’s cologne. But, they still call it “original scent”. I don’t know how they can call it original scent when it’s not the original scent, it’s completely different! Anyway, I hate them for changing one of my all-time favorite scents, and may they rot in hell forever and ever, amen.
Nestle Butterscotch Morsels. Bakers, beware! If you don’t already know, they changed it! Sometime over the past year, the old familiar yummalicious taste of butterscotch left these morsels. I made oatmeal scotchies last night with them, and the new taste of them is oh, so wrong. They taste nothing like butterscotch anymore- more like old fermentation of something, or chemicals. Plus, in the finished cookie, they turned blue-green! Yeah, that’s something that you want in your baked goods- a nice robust blue-green color… bastards. I’ve seen hundreds of complaints about this change online, so I know it’s not just me. Why, Nestle, why??
I’m sure both of these changes came about for certain rea$on$. But I don’t think this is the way to increase corporate profits.
Are there other things that have changed for the worse, and are out there, just lurking, waiting for me to stumble upon them unawares, causing me untold agony and grief? Or, you know, just some minor inconvenience and annoyance?