I am not a hoarder, but I do like to buy in bulk. When you buy in bulk, you get a greater value. I apply my bulk mentality to purchasing socks and undershirts and underpants. I like the bulk approach when it comes to unmentionables because they all tend to wear out at the same rate. Buy quality once, and the degradation of that quality is matched across a bunch of material over time.
I recently bought a batch of Jockey “trim cut” boxer briefs. They were on sale at Macy’s. The price was so good, in fact, that I bought every single last package they had in the store.
I was feeling right and good on the way home with my massive underpants purchase, but that euphoria lasted only a few days after the first washing.
One great thing about modern manufacturing is that it is predictable and everything always fits. You buy one item, and all the other items are made precisely the same. I’m sad to report that was not the case with my Jockey purchase.
Every pair of boxers I bought fit in a different way. Some are tighter in one leg than the other. Some are looser in the waist. Others have problems with stitching. As the days passed and I tried on a new pair of ill-fitting underwear, I began to wonder about the how and why of this boxer mess. Were the patterns wrong? Did I buy a batch that was manufactured on a Friday afternoon? Does Jockey have any sort of quality control on the production line?
As I struggle to find comfort in my fruitless bulk purchase of these underpants, I realize there was no good way to defend against this sort of indiscretion in manufacturing. In fact, since most people only buy a package or two of underwear at a time — the problem would not have likely been noticed — while my big purchase actually proves there is something wrong in the Jockey line that must be immediately addressed because their manufacturing failures affects how I get dressed!