Wednesday 11 December 2019

An Open Letter to Pampers

A mother would need a degree in mathematics to work out the best offer on nappies.

Will it be a 45 page, a 37 pack, a 24 pack or maybe go for a 74 pack...
Will it be a 45 page, a 37 pack, a 24 pack or maybe go for a 74 pack...

Lisa Healy, parent.ie

Dear Pampers and fellow nappy manufacturers

This week I averaged 3-4 hours sleep a night, very little of it in a row, so I think it’s fair to say I’m not operating at full capacity. And yet when I nip to the shop to pick up the week’s supply of Size 4 nappies, I find I’d need a degree in mathematics to work out the best offer.

A pack of 45 Pampers Baby Dry is €12.99. A pack of 37 Pampers Active Fit is also €12.99. That one’s easy. A 24 pack of Pampers Simply Dry is €5.59. Ok so two of them would be 48 nappies for just over €11. Have I found the best offer, then?

But wait, there’s a pack of 54 Active Fit for €14.99. And there’s two for €22. The helpful sign beside them tells me they work out at 28c each. But is that if I buy one or two packs? While I’m trying to work that out, I spot a pack of 74 Simply Dry for €12.99, which is 18c each according to the sign. That seems pretty good.

Oh no! There’s a large pack of 62 Baby Dry nappies for €15.49, which is 25c each. But they’re 2 for €25.50. And they’re right beside a mega pack of 86 Baby Dry nappies for €16.39 or 19c each.

By this stage I need a coffee and a calculator, and I haven’t even looked at your competitors’ prices yet!

Have I not been good to you over the years? Have I not taken my hard-earned cash and lined your pockets with my nappy purchases? Why, then, are you so mean to me?

Would it be too much to ask that you take advantage of the decimal system and package your nappies in easily equatable size offerings? Otherwise there’s a danger that the baby will have outgrown these Size 4′s by the time I figure out which one is the best offer!

Have a heart. I beg you.

Lisa

 

 

This blogpost originally appeared on parent.ie

Parent.ie is a new take on parenting websites, covering a wide range of topics relevant to real Irish parents and the highs and lows of raising children in 21st century Ireland.  Find them also on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Editors Choice

Also in Life