Why did they do it that way?

Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
I recently had the need to purchase some, erm, unmentionables. Of course I turned to ebay, where I can usually find anything I need or want at a reasonable price.

Concerning the unmentionables, of course I wanted white, so I could wash them in hot water and bleach along with my sheets and other white things.

Well, even on ebay, I found vendor after vendor selling the item in question in every conceivable color, adorned with every conceivable pattern, except white. Those that were white were marked with a designer label and sold for a price for an individual item that was more than I would pay for a package of five.

Finally, on page 9 of the listings, I found one that was close enough to what I was looking for.

Why are some things designed in a way just the opposite of what someone may be interested in buying?

Do you know of any other objects besides Miss Amanda's unmentionables that you have noticed fit this category?

Comments

  • CaissaCaissa Shipmate
    I can only assume that the demographic being targeted for selling unmentionables online is different from the demographic you fall into.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate, 8th Day Host
    I have tried online unmentionable buying. It seems they sell mostly for those designs that one would be embarrassed to be seen buying. Some come into the NSFW category.
  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    Miss Amanda is going to try to get people's minds off her unmentionables and bring the thread back to the discussion she hoped to spark by the OP.

    I've always wondered why telephones have number keypads that advance the numbers from top to bottom, but calculators, computer keyboards and other such devices have number keypads that advance from bottom to top. Why not use the same numbering scheme on all devices on which numbers are entered from a keypad?
  • mousethiefmousethief Shipmate
    Miss Amanda is going to try to get people's minds off her unmentionables and bring the thread back to the discussion she hoped to spark by the OP.

    I've always wondered why telephones have number keypads that advance the numbers from top to bottom, but calculators, computer keyboards and other such devices have number keypads that advance from bottom to top. Why not use the same numbering scheme on all devices on which numbers are entered from a keypad?

    Because they evolved separately and are used quite differently and there's absolutely no reason to try to reconcile them?
  • ClimacusClimacus Shipmate
    edited April 18
    They are definitely not at the expensive end, but I don't mind some discreet pattern on my work socks...just for some variety. But each pack, they come in 3s, seems to have 2 'normal' ones and one so (to me) hideously garish I would never wear it. Surely the people who want their socks to have intense patterns and colours would prefer to buy their socks in packs of 3s, and dull uninteresting types like me would like 3 subtle pairs.

    Assorted biscuit (cookie for you Americans) packs. They seem to go for 5 well-loved varieties of biscuit, then throw in a 6th that no-one eats.
  • balaambalaam Shipmate, 8th Day Host
    I only buy plain black socks. No problems with pairing them after the wash, just pick two and go.
  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    And why are there 10 hot dogs in a package of hot dogs, but 12 buns in a package of hot dog buns?
  • MooMoo Kerygmania Host
    And why are there 10 hot dogs in a package of hot dogs, but 12 buns in a package of hot dog buns?

    The brands I buy have eight hot dogs and eight rolls to a package.

  • balaambalaam Shipmate, 8th Day Host
    And why are there 10 hot dogs in a package of hot dogs, but 12 buns in a package of hot dog buns?

    Because convenience stores are run for the convenience of the shop owner, not the customer.
  • Nick TamenNick Tamen Shipmate
    Moo wrote: »
    And why are there 10 hot dogs in a package of hot dogs, but 12 buns in a package of hot dog buns?

    The brands I buy have eight hot dogs and eight rolls to a package.
    Same here.

  • SipechSipech Shipmate
    I find the layout of the big high street shops to be baffling. If I go to buy any clothes, mentionable or otherwise, they are usually grouped by brand, rather than clothes type.

    For example, I might go to Debenhams to buy a t-shirt. Yet there is no t-shirt department. They'll have an area for this brand, the other brand or t'other designer, each of which has some t-shirts, but no one area where I can browse for what I'm after. Frankly, I don't care about what label it has on it. My concerns are more about whether it fits, does it suit me and is it affordable.
  • FredegundFredegund Shipmate
    But they are designed to encourage you to browse and impulse buy. Those of us who know what we are looking for are neither expected nor wanted. Hence the attraction of the supermarkets selling basic clothing - you can at least find it.
    Thinking about it, Miss Amanda, is this the answer to your unmentionable problem? Sainsbury's over here package basic white ones very clearly, and you don't have to be a size 6 (UK) to wear them.
    The telephone/calculator thing is baffling, though. You'd expect it to be hard-wired into the brains of the designers, but no.
  • Amanda B ReckondwythAmanda B Reckondwyth Mystery Worship Editor
    Fredegund wrote: »
    Miss Amanda, is this the answer to your unmentionable problem? Sainsbury's over here package basic white ones very clearly.
    Well, I'll know what to ask Secret Santa for.
  • Why are things you once could buy in single form now only come in multiples. I do not need 3 chap sticks for my lips, I will never use up the 4 rolls of mailing tape. No, I do not want a shampoo and matching conditioner set as I only use the shampoo. Of course I know they do this to sell more product but it is annoying.
  • PigwidgeonPigwidgeon Shipmate
    Why are things you once could buy in single form now only come in multiples. I do not need 3 chap sticks for my lips, I will never use up the 4 rolls of mailing tape. No, I do not want a shampoo and matching conditioner set as I only use the shampoo. Of course I know they do this to sell more product but it is annoying.
    The Big Office Supply Store does this. What am I supposed to do with ten boxes of paper clips? The smallest number of glue sticks I can buy is six -- four or five of them will dry out before I get around to using them.

  • RossweisseRossweisse Shipmate, 8th Day Host
    And why are there 10 hot dogs in a package of hot dogs, but 12 buns in a package of hot dog buns?
    It is Mystery.

  • BroJamesBroJames Shipmate
    Nah. Two are for the vegetarian. You did remember that two-pack of vegetarian hot dogs?
  • Golden KeyGolden Key Shipmate
    They figure maybe you'll burn a couple of hot dog buns, or mindlessly eat them while minding the grill/fire, or dogs/seagulls will partake.
  • Golden KeyGolden Key Shipmate
    Re multi-packed products:

    Probably because big-box stores (like Costco) that let you buy in bulk are popular. Plus it can be handy to have extras on hand, especially if you tend to run out of things at an odd hour--but really need them. (Like toilet paper.) 3 tubes of Chapstick? One for your nightstand; one for your purse, other bag, or pocket; and one in the medicine cabinet, in your emergency kit, in glove compartment in your car, in your desk at work, in your locker...


    Some things, like paper clips and tape, will probably be used up eventually. You can also share what you don't need. A bottle of conditioner can be donated to a shelter, or kept at home for guests.

    FWIW, YMMV.

  • FirenzeFirenze Shipmate
    Desserts in three packs (when you’re a household of two). Burger buns in packs of four (how many burgers do they expect you to eat at one go? And no, putting two in the freezer to be forgotten about is not the answer).

    In fact most multipacks seem configured for maximum waste (why might that be?)
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