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Friday, July 13, 2007

The Great Bottled Water Ripoff.

Part of my job entails occasionally helping costumers load groceries into their vehicles especially with heavy items. One of theitems that I most frequently help them with is loading cases of bottled water into their cars. Usually while I am doing this, I think "What a great marketing scheme some one has come up with. Take tap water, bottle it, and sell it to the public."
I mean, what a great gimmick some one has come up with. All you have to do is come up with a catchy name like Absopure or Propel. Put a few athletes or celebrities in your comercials and you can really rip off some very unsuspecting consumers. All with great product placement. I have seen people will bypass the relatively free water that comes from a drinking fountain and go to a vending machine to pay $1.50 for what is essentially bottled tap water. Are we, as a people, really that stupid? Or are we just that ignorant?
Do people really think that bottled water is really better than the water we can get out of the tap? For the people who do not have the benefit of having city water and have to rely on well water, the water filtration systems that are available are still a cheaper alternative to always using bottled water, in the long run. Yet, every day, I see people walk out of our store with entire shopping carts filled with case upon case of bottled water. Some one is getting rich off of our collective ignorance.
Come on, people. Bottle water. What a rip off!


At 11:02 AM , Blogger Woozie said...

At my school BW is actually the better way to go because there's lead in the pipes so tap and fountain water are bad ideas.

At 12:29 PM , Anonymous pcguy said...

When I traveled to lesser developed countries, bottled water was the only safe source of water. But here in the US and other countries, bottled water is a ripoff.

At 2:46 PM , Blogger larrybla said...

There are hundreds of chemicals in water from the sink. There are different types of water some are from the tap like Aquafina. Some are from thousands of feet below the surface where the rocks filter it and make it contaminant free and naturally ionized. There are different plactics. Regular plastic leeches contaminants into the bottled water. However some botlers who care use a hard plastic that virtually eliminates chemical in the bottle from leaching. I hope to start a blog on water soon since potable water is going to going to become a raarer commodity.

At 11:51 PM , Blogger speeddemon0117 said...

I saw a piece on Entertainment Tonight not too long ago saying that most of these bottled water companies get their from a P.W.S.-Public Water Source.


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