Do you know anyone who’s absolutely convinced their favorite product is the best invention since boxed wine? My mother swears by low sodium salt. For a while, I believed it was healthier because, hey, it has less sodium.
One day while sprinkling my grits with regular sodium salt, my mother told me to be careful not to use too much. She said I only needed a small amount of regular sodium salt because, well, it’s saltier. Then it occurred to me how much more salt I had to add to my food using the low sodium salt in order to get it to the desired level of saltiness. To this day, my mama refuses to acknowledge she’s consuming the same amount of sodium by using low sodium salt.
Another product I never could understand was roach sterilizing spray. I have a family member who, after over a decade, is still pretty upset RAID Max Roach Sterilizer was discontinued. Instead of killing a roach, this product prevented it from reproducing. The question shouldn’t have to be asked, but wouldn’t killing the roach stop it from reproducing?
I mean, I’ll let a small spider or harmless ant chill in my apartment as long as they’re respectful of my space. But roaches are inconsiderate and intrusive. I hate to sound like a bigot, but for the most part, all roaches look alike. What was most disturbing about the non-violent roach sterilizer, was that it caused the roach’s wings to lift up. So when you saw it again, you knew it was a roach you’d encountered before. That’s weird. What’s the point of sterilizing it? It’s not a dog. You can’t domesticate a roach.
There are other products that are/were marketed effectively enough to entice otherwise reasonable people to buy them. I still don’t get mittens or lambskin condoms. Neither make much sense to me, but they’re still in the stores, and people still buy them. There are others we could discuss, but the fall finale of Glee starts shortly. Gotta get ready for that.
Are there any products you believe are just stupid; products you can’t understand why anyone would ever buy them?