It happens all the time. I go to the supermarket, try out some new brands or food products, and they just rot in the fridge because they taste so bad no one wants a second bite. How wasteful.
I buy household items like electric fans and they conk out just a short time after the warranty expires. How convenient.
I buy insect spray and it can’t kill roaches unless I spray a roach continuously for ten seconds while my nose is already stinging from the kerosene-like smell.
Some brands work; others don’t.
The thing is we mothers spend a lot of money trying to find the brands that do work. And we can’t help it if we happen to waste a chunk of our budget because there are A LOT of substandard products in the market. We simply have no way of knowing which is good and which is bad until we have actually tried them.
This never ending process of selection can be a drain on the budget.
I want to do something about it. Not by lodging complaints with the Department of Trade and Industry which either moves too slow or turns a blind eye and a deaf ear when the complaint is against a company that is too well-connected.
I will use my blog and assert my rights and prerogatives as a consumer. Not just as an individual consumer but as a mother who buys big and small household items that my family uses every single day.
Every item we buy — from insect sprays to laundry detergent to bath soaps and shampoos and everything else in between — I will review. Does it work? Does it deliver what it promised to? Or was it a lemon? Was there misrepresentation and exaggeration in the product ads?
Perhaps, every mother who blogs should consider doing the same. We might be able to help one another in a big, big way.