For many years, salesmen traveled around the United States and peddled various sorts of quack medicine — ointments that smelled great but did nothing, liquid supplements that were less than worthless, and other medicines that were more sugar pill than anything else. In the twenty-first century, the growing trend seems to be selling things that are already available and making them seem new and amazing.
Take, for example, bags of pre-sliced apples. Apples are perfectly ready as they are when you buy them in the store. If you really need a sliced apple, there are multiple ways to get your store bought apple sliced — many of which do not involve spending any more money than you already have. Yet there is a tremendous business of selling pre-sliced apples — not to mention the many fruits that one can find in plastic jars full of gross sugar syrup.
What bothers me the most, however, is the business of selling water in bottles. Take a quick look at this chart and notice how, in every way, tap water is superior to bottled water. When you factor in the incredible surcharge you pay for bottled water, this statement from the same report is most bothersome. “…an estimated 25 percent or more of bottled water is really just tap water in a bottle — sometimes further treated, sometimes not. ”
Let us now turn our attention to the newest scam artists on the market: the Nourish company, purveyors of Nourish Baby & Toddler Water. How does the Nourish company describe itself on its Twitter page? “Spill-proof bottled water for toddlers and formula ready bottled water for babies.”
In short, the scam that has been pushed on adults is now being foisted on their unknowing babies and toddlers. How much does this scam run? Why, it’s $39.00 for a 12-pack of Nourish Baby or Toddler. A quick look at a few stores tells me that an empty BPA free sippy cup runs about five or six dollars. The good part of getting it that way is that filling it with tap water will run you about a penny for filling your sippy cup thirteen times or so.
Beware the Nourish Baby Water scam. You don’t need to pay an exorbitant amount of money for something that comes out of your tap for next to nothing.