March 11, 2014 | There are some things a person buys without much thought, and for me, toilet paper is one of those things.
Years of watching Mr Whipple be reprimanded for squeezing the Charmin have made their mark, and I always automatically reach for Charmin.
Imagine my surprise, therefore, when I opened a pack of newly-purchased Charmin only to discover that the roll was noticeably narrower that usual, leaving a wide margin on the toilet-paper holder.
Gadzooks! What is this? I began to investigate. The package that I had opened was Charmin Ultra-Strong, and when I checked an older package from the other bathroom, I found that it was Ultra-Soft. Who knew?
But wait, there's more!
|Sheets per roll||231||220|
|Width of sheet||4.5 in||3.92 in|
|Length of sheet||4 in||4 in|
|Area of sheet||18 sq inches||15.68 sq inches|
|Cost per roll*||$1.53||$1.67|
|*Price from PG&E website|
It's all there in the numbers: when you buy Ultra-Soft, you get more sheets, with greater area per sheet. When you do the math, each roll of Ultra-Strong has 708.4 square inches less paper than the Ultra-Soft. Multiplying 6 rolls per package times 708.4 square inches per roll gives 4250.4 square inches, or nearly 30 square feet less paper! And it costs more!
What's interesting is that both types make the claim that you can use less, one because it is "soft and absorbent" and the other because of its "DuraClean Texture." What a pile of crap!
The Charmin marketing team is hard at work. In fact, they sell four kinds of toilet paper!
Although in the illustration, each of the four kinds is called "toilet paper," a close inspection of the website reveals that the four are differentiated, respectively, as "toilet tissue," "bath tissue," bathroom tissue," and "bathroom paper." Now that's a marketing triumph!
Ask your backside which is right for you...
Last updated on Apr 29, 2016