I know this is a bit of a dead horse topic as of late but it needs to be addressed and we need to figure out a solution. As you all know We have lost many plastic backed diapers over the years only to be completely replaced by breathable products. North America lost plastic TENAs years ago. the UK (and I believe the rest of Europe?) also lost plastic backed TENAs. The majority of Abena products were replaced in Europe and North America with the exception of the S-L4 line I believe? That was a real shame, I wanted to try the plastic backed Delta Forms. Molicare is now the next to go at least in the UK (and the rest of Europe I believe?) but not in North America (yet.) Then of course over the years the various store brands that were completely replaced with breathable products even though store brands have always been better or worse than Depends. It's not a matter of IF our favorite products will go either way with no choice in the matter. it's WHEN.
So an important question remains: What's the next plastic backed product to go? Who's the next company that's going to take away consumer choice the market has enjoyed for years?
Let's settle a debate right off the bat.
The whole breathable trend started with clever marketing. They sold various "benefits" over plastic backed products as objective facts that in reality were just subjective personal preference.
Plastic backed or breathable, it makes no difference as one is not objectively superior to the other or vice versa. It's all personal preference
Some like breathable, others like plastic backed. for years people who both wear for fun and/or need alike have had the ability to choose what product they wanted. Now companies are slowly taking that choice away from us. Why?
I now fear for the uncertain future. Two possible scenarios come to mind
Scenario 1: Eventually ALL companies abandon the ideals of consumer choice and the market for plastic backed products becomes dominated by ABDL specialty companies which might not sound bad, but could lead to a financially devastating oligopoly if there's not enough competition in the market, which could drive up prices and these companies may have to manufacture their own more medical looking products in house for those that wear for need.
Scenario 2: after some time companies begin to wise up and rediscover the importance of consumer choice and began reviving old plastic backed product lines alongside the new breathable product lines, once again offering consumers a choice.
So I ask to the companies themselves and to all people who wear diapers for both fun and medical need alike.
Why are companies killing consumer choice?
And what can we do about it?