As it turns out, there is a small and fleeting silver lining to the introduction of the "improved" Depend Protection With Tabs design. I just picked up a pack of the plastic backed version at Fred and Meyers for $5.89 It was marked as a closeout price, so one can surmise that the deal will not last long, and ushers in the dreaded cloth backed version.
But for now, let the good times roll. Although I like the plastic backed version, they are cheap and almost wholly ineffective against large voids but fit well and do protect a bit, this is actually closer to the price that I would put on them normally. I've always felt they were marked up too much for what they were.