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4 Reasons I Did Not Want To Recommend This Product But Am Recommending It Anyway

4 Reasons I Did Not Want To Recommend This Product But Am Recommending It Anyway

Yeah, so I got a free sample. So what?

Now, here’s the thing. I usually make it a policy to not review products that I received for free. This is mostly because I don’t get very many free things to begin with and besides, stuff you get for free usually sucks. Unless it’s one of those packets of expensive face cream you get sometimes–those samples are actually better than the real product. Did you know that? Shouldn’t there be a law about that or something? Anyway, I got a coupon for this Tide Stain Release crap while I was at BlogHer and I was really not very interested in the whole thing until one day at the store I was thinking hey, I should get a pack of that stuff and try it out. And so begins the list of reasons I did not want to recommend this product but am anyway:

Here’s why:

  1. The coupon was only good for sizes that are so small that almost nobody carries them. After deciding that I’d get this stuff, I then embarked on a mission to actually redeem it, because it could only be used on packages containing 10 tablet thingys. And this was not easy to find.
  2. I had to go to three Targets. Naturally I didn’t do this all on one day. I just looked in the various Targets until I finally found the stuff. Then, the guy at Target tried to convince me that it was actually a “buy one get one free” coupon. And I had to instruct him on the topic of reading comprehension. I may have used the term, “nonononono” whilst doing this. But I have a two-year-old at home, it’s kind of second nature at this point.
  3. Tired out by the excessive effort required to obtain the stain release capsules, I remained skeptical. The thing is, how often do you have stains that you really pay attention to? Toddlers get stains on their clothes all the time, but they grow out of them by the time it really matters. My clothes don’t have a chronic stain problem, and the fact is that you buy these things assuming they don’t work. I mean, stains are kind of classified into “won’t come out” and “will come out” right away, no? What’s the point of a stain release product, anyway? I mean, it’s not like it’s going to get out grape juice.
  4. It got out grape juice. We just bought a new duvet cover that is white with blue pin striping. Please do not lecture me on the logic of this choice when we have a two-year-old who likes to throw food and juice everywhere. I just wanted the damn duvet cover, and it took Mini about a day before he had spilled grape juice (watered down, but still grape juice) on it. Well, I threw that puppy in the wash with one of these tablets and grape juice gone, my friends! Could not have been more surprised. So yeah, I guess I do recommend it.

Comments (4)

  1. Sep 7, 2009

    TIDE makes my skin crawl, not sure why, but if it really does de-stain stuff…would it be too “purple movement” to wash stuff twice? Once to de-stain with the TIDE, then once to wash the TIDE off? I think not. Water conservation be darned, I want my clothes finger-paint free.

  2. Tim G
    Sep 7, 2009

    And reason number five?
    But what if it wasn’t free and only came in big packages?
    Those Proctor & Gamble marketers are pretty sneaky you know.

  3. anna
    Sep 7, 2009

    Ugg, I am so out to lunch today. Guess there are only four. Off to change the title.

  4. anna
    Sep 7, 2009

    Alexis, I don’t have a problem with it from an ecological point of view, but it sounds like a lot of work . . .

    Now, I haven’t tried this on finger paint, so don’t quote me. I can only vouch for grape juice.

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