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    Default when did depends go cheap? It depends?

    I've been buying depends since about 2005, and they have always been a bit on the cheap side to me, I noticed them becoming MORE cheaply manufactured (by cheaply, I mean shoddy) in 2010 as well

    Does anyone remember a time when they were not on the lower end of quality?
    or have they always been this way?

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    Never seen a decent quality Depends here in Australia but yes they have been subject to shrinkflation so even worse these days.

    Time to make the switch to a good quality ABDL Diaper and stay away from this type IMO.

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    Protection with Tabs suited my needs pretty well but they were better back around the time that Attends went bad. Back then, the plastic shell was strong enough to allow for the repositioning of tapes even hours afterwards if you were careful about it rather than tearing most of the time. Now that they've gone to a clothlike cover, I don't have to bother trying to defend them to people.

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    Haven't tried the new cloth,and probably won't. The only reason I bought them is they were plastic. Other brands are cheaper and can hold the same. Now I'm stuck trying to find a local source that has plastic diapers.

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    The new cloth like ones stretch and fall down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trevor View Post
    Protection with Tabs suited my needs pretty well but they were better back around the time that Attends went bad. Back then, the plastic shell was strong enough to allow for the repositioning of tapes even hours afterwards if you were careful about it rather than tearing most of the time. Now that they've gone to a clothlike cover, I don't have to bother trying to defend them to people.

    wow...thats impressive, I dont believe the ABU cushies even have that kinda retape potential, sometimes I can get away with it. but not often


    as a note, I do not still buy depends, I stopped when I could reliably get shipments of ABDL brand nappies. but when i was waiting for a shipment in the past i have been known to get 1 of the depends and double or tripple up on it, and cut slashs into the front so drainage was effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdsu09 View Post
    Haven't tried the new cloth,and probably won't. The only reason I bought them is they were plastic. Other brands are cheaper and can hold the same. Now I'm stuck trying to find a local source that has plastic diapers.
    Same here. The struggle is real, because it seems every store quit stocking anything plastic backed. They put form over function with "breathable", "comfort", etc.

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    Easy, corporate big wigs always want to find ways to save money while producing the same product. Plus, consumers always look for the cheapest product before they look at quality. Little by little depends cut a corner here or thinned the material there. All in pursuit of this. Eventually, the people who need something that works switch to a better brand. Due to the loss of so many customers, depends then had to find a way to save on operating cost. The most common way of course is to make a cheaper product. And the cycle continues....

    It's not just Depends either. Molicare supers used to be super, Abena xplus stood for xplus quality, and so on. Eventually even confidry and northshore will likely go this same route. And when that happens we'll just switch to the next newest manufacturer that works good. (At a higher cost of course)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yooo View Post
    Same here. The struggle is real, because it seems every store quit stocking anything plastic backed. They put form over function with "breathable", "comfort", etc.
    is the breathable comfort for the manufacturers treasury and peace of mind? or is it supposed to refer to us consumers?





    Quote Originally Posted by Slomo View Post
    Plus, consumers always look for the cheapest product before they look at quality.
    thats a bit of a over generalization, I mean i do look for the cheap products requently, but some things like lap tops for instance i am always willing to pay the extra penny.

    that said I agree with pretty much everything else you posted, the scary thing is the same mentality goes to prepackaged food in our supermarkets O.O

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