Doncha Just Hate It When...

(2/13/09) - Chris opines about things you get used to, then they go away...

I gotta take a break from talking about DTV and weather to let off a little steam right now.  We'll get back to those topics in another day or so.  Right now, I just want to vent.

Doncha just hate it when you get used to a product and the store - or the manufacturer - decides you don't need it anymore?  I thought I lived in America.  What's happened to our country?

Within the past three weeks, two of my very favorite products have mysteriously left the store shelves for some unknown reason.

Like VO5's Extreme hair putty.  It was on the store shelves at it's not there.  In fact, most of the VO5 products are gone.  Why?  I used that putty!  There are just certain things that work for me and that was one of them.  It didn't stink and it didn't make my hair look like I glued it together.  I cannot stand hairspray.  Other hair goop brands just don't cut it...not even Vitalis which is made for guys.  They're either too goopy, stinky or runny.  The VO5 product suited me best.  I checked the Alberto-Culver (who makes VO5 products) website and they're still selling it everywhere but my Walmart!  From the looks of things, I suppose I will have to order it on line and get it through the mail.

And what about the Chocolate Chip Eggo brand Muffin Tops??  My wife and I were very happy to occasionally pop these in the toaster for a quick snack or treat.  Then, about three weeks ago, Walmart stopped selling them!  Correct that...they stopped selling the Chocolate Chip version of the Muffin Tops.  If you go to Walmart right now, you'll see only the Blueberry flavored Muffin Tops.  Again...why is this??  From the looks of things, the Blueberry version is usually stocked full while the Chocolate Chip version was moving product pretty well.  The last three weeks we've gone from (what we refer to as) the "old" Walmart on Campbell Lane and the "new" one on Morgantown Road in search of the Chocolate Chip Eggo brand Muffin Tops.  They're gone!  Yet, the freezers are full of the Blueberry kind.

I checked the Eggo website and found a store locator for their brands.  It says for the Bowling Green area, only Kroger is selling the Chocolate Chip variety of Muffin Tops.  Immediately I ask...why would Walmart stop selling them and Kroger decide to carry them?  Being a curious guy, I ask these questions a lot and it drives people around me crazy.  But it just doesn't make sense.  I hate it when some nameless person in another place thinks they know what I like or don't like, then make the decision to pull a product I've been faithful to.  It's un-American!

Believe me...I will get to the bottom of this!  (Some poor stock clerk is shaking in their shoes right now...NOT!)

Look, this is not against Walmart...I love them and will continue to be a dedicated customer.  I joke every time I'm in there that without me, this store would close!  But you know, if you really think about it, what I'm saying is true.  Without us buying the products, where would stores like Walmart be?  Shelia and I are in there at least two or three times a week for something.  We make it a habit to start our Saturday morning's early with a bite of breakfast at Cracker Barrel then off to "WallyWorld" to beat the crowds.  It's America at its best.  However, I do wish Walmart would make it easier to sound off about such things as product availability.  When I went to their website, I got as far as Customer Care but found a lot of gibberish about this and that and sustainability.  I could care less about "greening" up my life or that of my nearest Walmart store.  (I'll save that for another blog - and by "saving" comments here, I've decreased my carbon footprint...right?  Whatever.)  They really need a place for customers like me to simply say "what happened to__________?"

Well, tomorrow is Saturday and we'll be there like faithful shoppers...pushing our cart down the Health & Beauty aisle looking for my VO5 Extreme hair putty and seeing an empty shelf.  Shelia will be turning the corner down the frozen food section hoping that maybe...just maybe...her Eggo Chocolate Chip Muffin Tops will somehow reappear.  If not, we'll make do.  We always do.  We're Americans.
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