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(New York Magazine)   Now here is the story of how how Tide became an underground currency, and my life got turned upside down   (nymag.com) divider line 84
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2013-01-20 03:35:56 AM
That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.
 
2013-01-20 03:49:33 AM
soap, how does it work?
 
2013-01-20 07:38:00 AM

Smashed Hat: That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.


Tide is the new gold standard.
 
2013-01-20 07:42:23 AM

Smashed Hat: That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.


Click the New York Magazine article at the bottom.
 
2013-01-20 08:24:07 AM
I swear I'm not crazy. That link lead to a much shorter article originally.
 
2013-01-20 08:50:49 AM
www.mteleha.com

And I liked to take a minuteJust sit right thereI'll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air
In west Philadelphia born and raisedOn the playground was where I spent most of my daysChillin' out maxin' relaxin' all coolAnd all shootin some b-ball outside of the schoolWhen a couple of guysWho were up to no goodStartin making trouble in my neighborhoodI got in one little fight and my mom got scaredShe said 'You're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air'
I begged and pleaded with her day after dayBut she packed my suite case and send me on my wayShe gave me a kiss and then she gave me my ticket.I put my walkman on and said, 'I might as well kick it'.
First class, yo this is badDrinking orange juice out of a champagne glass.Is this what the people of Bel-Air Living like?[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/fresh-prince-of-bel-air-theme-lyrics-will- s mith.html ]Hmmmmm this might be alright.
But wait I hear there're prissy, wine all thatIs Bel-Air the type of place they send this cool cat?I don't think sowI'll see when I get thereI hope they're prepared for the prince of Bel-Air
Well, the plane landed and when I came outThere was a dude who looked like a cop standing there with my name outI ain't trying to get arrestedI just got hereI sprang with the quickness like lightening, disappeared
I whistled for a cab and when it came nearThe license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirrorIf anything I can say this cab is rareBut I thought 'Now forget it' - 'Yo homes to Bel Air'
I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8And I yelled to the cabbie 'Yo homes smell ya later'I looked at my kingdomI was finally thereTo sit on my throne as the Prince of Bel Air

Read more:
 
2013-01-20 09:45:37 AM
8th grade education can take you so far these days...
 
2013-01-20 10:08:33 AM
Maybe they just really like tide.
 
2013-01-20 10:09:38 AM
i1079.photobucket.com
A-How-How-How
 
2013-01-20 10:19:55 AM
Can you use it to cook meth or something? Hell as many loads as you can do with a bottle of detergent its not like its expensive.
 
2013-01-20 10:22:07 AM

PhiloeBedoe: [i1079.photobucket.com image 391x649]
A-How-How-How


My first thought as well.
 
2013-01-20 10:23:47 AM
Subby, you tried but failed at headline

/not really new news to me
//still an interesting read if you never heard of the story
 
2013-01-20 10:24:54 AM
Ask anyone who's ever worked at a Rite Aid, CVS, etc.... laundry detergent, diapers, and formula are ghetto money.
 
2013-01-20 10:30:24 AM
Here in Canada Persil is seen as a premium brand since only Miele-licensed dealers can import the stuff. A box of it goes for about 40$. So I can easily see some similar scam driving up the price of Tide somewhere else.
 
2013-01-20 10:31:49 AM
I have a family of seven, plus friends and relatives with children that stay over quite often. We do a metric fark ton of laundry every week and a large bottle of detergent (Tide or otherwise) lasts us 3-4 months, with ease. The consumption simply isn't great enough to warrant an illicit Tide trade, unless what is going on is something else entirely.

/shens called
 
2013-01-20 10:33:52 AM
spelletrader: I have a family of seven, plus friends and relatives with children that stay over quite often. We do a metric fark ton of laundry every week and a large bottle of detergent (Tide or otherwise) lasts us 3-4 months, with ease. The consumption simply isn't great enough to warrant an illicit Tide trade, unless what is going on is something else entirely.

/shens called


Yeah, I'm thinking there must be a non laundry use for it. Can you use it to cook meth or something? Anyone... Bueller.
 
2013-01-20 10:34:56 AM
The Tide is (a) High?
 
2013-01-20 10:36:45 AM

Smashed Hat: That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-01-20 10:38:18 AM
People robbed a store to steal Tide. They placed the Tide in their Honda.
 
2013-01-20 10:38:44 AM
Have you all not RTFA? It's pretty explicit why it's being stolen. It's actually quite fascinating.
 
2013-01-20 10:39:15 AM
Who the hell buys 68 articles of clothing a year?
 
2013-01-20 10:41:27 AM
I cannot stand scented laundry detergent.  Everywhere I go, there are people proudly clad in their eyeball-bleeding Tide-scented cheap polyester Ross Dress for Less foreign slave-labor fashion of the day.

There should be a law:  natural cotton khaki school uniforms for all citizens all the time, washed in organic environmentally-friendly unscented state-manufactured detergents at domestic state prison run laundry facilities.  Any other clothing should be illegal.  Any scented detergent should justify summary execution under the stand-your-ground rule.
 
2013-01-20 10:42:54 AM
i'm a chemist and use tide-with-bleach-alternative for a variety of cleaning operations outside of laundry. the TEA/DEA in it is anti-histamine and anti-circulatory, a bit, i think, too.
 
2013-01-20 10:45:31 AM

TexasPeace: I cannot stand scented laundry detergent.  Everywhere I go, there are people proudly clad in their eyeball-bleeding Tide-scented cheap polyester Ross Dress for Less foreign slave-labor fashion of the day.

There should be a law:  natural cotton khaki school uniforms for all citizens all the time, washed in organic environmentally-friendly unscented state-manufactured detergents at domestic state prison run laundry facilities.  Any other clothing should be illegal.  Any scented detergent should justify summary execution under the stand-your-ground rule.


Meh. 5/10. Inner Party members had to wear blue jumpsuits but the Proles could wear whatever the hell they wanted. Personally life sounded better as a prole...you drink and screw to your heart's content.

BOT: I'm off the Tide tit. Too expensive. Now it's Purex or nothing for me.
 
2013-01-20 10:45:42 AM

TexasPeace: I cannot stand scented laundry detergent. Everywhere I go, there are people proudly clad in their eyeball-bleeding Tide-scented cheap polyester Ross Dress for Less foreign slave-labor fashion of the day.

There should be a law: natural cotton khaki school uniforms for all citizens all the time, washed in organic environmentally-friendly unscented state-manufactured detergents at domestic state prison run laundry facilities. Any other clothing should be illegal. Any scented detergent should justify summary execution under the stand-your-ground rule.


yes, yes, we elected Obama... just wait a few more years and we'll be there. you forgot integrating the school system with the prison system, though. oh, and, KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD.
 
2013-01-20 10:45:51 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: Have you all not RTFA? It's pretty explicit why it's being stolen. It's actually quite fascinating.


Yeah, it's getting stolen to be wholesaled to shady retailers. That is the damndest thing I've ever heard of.
 
2013-01-20 10:49:45 AM

Pointy Tail of Satan: Have you all not RTFA? It's pretty explicit why it's being stolen. It's actually quite fascinating.


This,


And this gem stuck out like a sore thumb; FTFA: Later, Thompson reviewed weeks' worth of the Safeway's security footage. He found that more than two dozen thieves, working in crews, were regularly raiding the store's household-products aisle, sometimes returning more than once the same day and avoiding detection by timing their heists to follow clerks' shift changes.


They have farking cameras and they're NOT looking at them? With computerized inventory matched against sales they can't see the goddamn SHRINK thats going on? I worked retail when I was a teenager 25+ years ago and it amazes me these people are still employed yet they're so bloody incompetent.

Example: They caught 2 guys with over 100 bottles of the stuff. Do the math and lets say each bottle was approximately $10. Roughly $1000 worth of theft, over and over and over again.

I understand some shrink is inherent in a store with tens of thousands of different items but....damn.
I'm heading to Safeway now. I heard there's an insane sale on Tide.
 
2013-01-20 10:52:11 AM

S.A.S.Q.U.A.T.C.H.: Ask anyone who's ever worked at a Rite Aid, CVS, etc.... laundry detergent, diapers, and formula are ghetto money.


this is why we can't have nice things.
 
2013-01-20 10:53:08 AM
I'll get whatever is BOGO, unscented preferably. Usually it's Arm & Hammer
 
2013-01-20 10:53:18 AM
Shoppers have surprisingly strong feelings about laundry detergent. In a 2009 survey, Tide ranked in the top three brand names that consumers at all income levels were least likely to give up regardless of the recession, alongside Kraft and Coca-Cola.

This is the part that intrigues me. Really? Something you can't give up? I absolutely have no idea what detergent is in my laundry room right now. And I'm the one who buys it (wife's pretty flaky on remembering staples). I think it was yellow, so Sun maybe? I think it's one of those things where there usually isn't a store brand, so I'm always grabbing something discounted.
 
2013-01-20 10:54:14 AM

Oldiron_79: spelletrader: I have a family of seven, plus friends and relatives with children that stay over quite often. We do a metric fark ton of laundry every week and a large bottle of detergent (Tide or otherwise) lasts us 3-4 months, with ease. The consumption simply isn't great enough to warrant an illicit Tide trade, unless what is going on is something else entirely.

/shens called

Yeah, I'm thinking there must be a non laundry use for it. Can you use it to cook meth or something? Anyone... Bueller.


RTFA. Crackheads steal it and sell it to shady businesses for 5 bucks a bottle. They then sell it to hood-rats for more, but less than retail.
 
2013-01-20 11:00:44 AM

Smashed Hat: That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.


I'm curious as to what makes you so curious.
 
2013-01-20 11:03:12 AM

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: I'll get whatever is BOGO, unscented preferably. Usually it's Arm & Hammer


Arm & Hammer makes me itch, for reals. Every time, and no matter which version.
 
2013-01-20 11:07:02 AM

MFAWG: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: I'll get whatever is BOGO, unscented preferably. Usually it's Arm & Hammer

Arm & Hammer makes me itch, for reals. Every time, and no matter which version.


I've never had that problem from any detergent. My skin isn't sensitive and I don't have any allergies. I just get unscented because I don't wanna smell like a flower.
 
2013-01-20 11:09:38 AM

Smashed Hat: That article explained nothing and now I'm curious.


Ok, thieves steal tide. Cost $0. They sell tide to middlemen for a few dollars. The middlemen sell the tide to local stores, who sell the tide at full retail price. In the meantime, the stores that Tide was originally stolen from have to buy more to make up for it, and the wholesale on Tide is ass high. They generally only make $2-$3 per bottle despite the fact it costs $20.

Now, one or two bottles, that's chump change. The problem it that it's turned into a machine, a machine that is costing chain stores tens of thousands of dollars and making the grifters and middlemen tens of thousands of dollars.

And further in the article, they discuss how the police are breaking up those rings, and putting the folks responsible away for a good long time because the value of the goods (in aggregate) is up in the tens of thousands of dollars range.
 
2013-01-20 11:10:59 AM

Maus III: TexasPeace: I cannot stand scented laundry detergent.  Everywhere I go, there are people proudly clad in their eyeball-bleeding Tide-scented cheap polyester Ross Dress for Less foreign slave-labor fashion of the day.

There should be a law:  natural cotton khaki school uniforms for all citizens all the time, washed in organic environmentally-friendly unscented state-manufactured detergents at domestic state prison run laundry facilities.  Any other clothing should be illegal.  Any scented detergent should justify summary execution under the stand-your-ground rule.

Meh. 5/10. Inner Party members had to wear blue jumpsuits but the Proles could wear whatever the hell they wanted. Personally life sounded better as a prole...you drink and screw to your heart's content.

BOT: I'm off the Tide tit. Too expensive. Now it's Purex or nothing for me.


>>>>>Personally life sounded better as a prole...you drink and screw to your heart's content.

Until, of course, you're conscripted as cannon fodder to fight Eurasia. (We've always been at war with Eurasia.) As I recall, the whole rationale of the System, according to Goldstein, was to use up excess production in war. Excess production includes, of course, excess living bodies.

>>>>I'm off the Tide tit. Too expensive. Now it's Purex or nothing for me.

The article explained a few things. Now I know why many very poor people use Tide. Personally, I've always preferred the cheaper alternatives, that work just as well at, you know, CLEANING CLOTHES. I remember an old Consumer Reports article that mentioned that all detergents were essentially equal at clothes cleaning, and that the only differences were smell and amount of suds (suds actually have nothing to do with cleaning).

We usually get a 105 load bottle of Purex for $8 at Walmart.
 
2013-01-20 11:13:09 AM
Who can even afford to use Tide? I usually buy whatever is on sale for $2-4 a bottle. Tide is like 4x that amount and I don't care for the smell.
 
2013-01-20 11:17:35 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Who the hell buys 68 articles of clothing a year?


Your mom.
 
2013-01-20 11:23:51 AM
"Say man, can I turn on the radio? You should slow down. Why we gotta keep going in circles? Can I put my feet out the window? Man, you really like Tide."
 
2013-01-20 11:29:17 AM
Washie washie washie in the New Blue Cheer.
 
2013-01-20 11:40:07 AM
why Tide? and why not Publix generic brand?
 
2013-01-20 11:52:30 AM
static.tvguide.com

"It tastes like detergent."
 
2013-01-20 11:53:01 AM
Let's see: Tide for $15/2L ooooor, Xtra for $3/2L.

They both clean my clothes. Hmmm. I've never ever ever used Tide. And never will. As far as name-brand markups go, laundry detergent is the highest (% increase of price)/(% increase of quality) of any product ever.
 
2013-01-20 11:54:50 AM

Agent Smiths Laugh: [static.tvguide.com image 300x206]

"It tastes like detergent."


what does a white rectangle have to do with detergent??

(i have Bright House internet)
 
2013-01-20 12:13:16 PM

TexasPeace: I cannot stand scented laundry detergent.  Everywhere I go, there are people proudly clad in their eyeball-bleeding Tide-scented cheap polyester Ross Dress for Less foreign slave-labor fashion of the day.

There should be a law:  natural cotton khaki school uniforms for all citizens all the time, washed in organic environmentally-friendly unscented state-manufactured detergents at domestic state prison run laundry facilities.  Any other clothing should be illegal.  Any scented detergent should justify summary execution under the stand-your-ground rule.


This!

The whole article was totally boggling my mind because I cannot stand the stench of the stuff.

There's actually a six year old bottle of it in my laundry room from the last time my mom helpfully went grocery shopping for me while visiting. Sometimes I try to use it up on things like the dogs' towels, but I don't really like it even on that.
 
2013-01-20 12:17:59 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: Who the hell buys 68 articles of clothing a year?


I bought 24 socks this weekend, so I guess I'm well on my way to beating the average.
 
2013-01-20 12:37:41 PM
The article is mildly interesting up until the part when they nail the Nail Salon, then it gets weird....or something.
www.theroadhousebirmingham.com
/ Tide is high, and I'm going under
// I want to be your number one.
 
2013-01-20 12:50:11 PM
Choosy drug lords choose Tide.
 
2013-01-20 12:50:14 PM
So since this is a thread about laundry detergent, I have a question. Is it true that you aren't supposed to use soap on jeans? I read that you should put them in a ziplock and freeze them every few weeks or something instead. Have any of you tried this?
 
2013-01-20 12:56:40 PM
came for zz top, leaving satisfied
 
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