I almost never buy Q-Tip brand cotton swabs, since store brand tend to be more affordable (and it’s not like I need surgical-grade precision; I mostly use them to apply spot treatment and remove waterproof eye makeup), but on a trip to Target a few weeks ago I picked up a package of Q-Tips because (a) they were on sale and (b) they came with a bonus pack of cotton rounds, which I use every day to apply toner and remove makeup, and of which I was running out.
I actually really like the cotton swabs more than my usual Target brand, but that’s a post for another time. My real problem is this: These Q-Tips brand cotton rounds are honest to God the best cotton pads I have ever used in my entire life. No joke. I love them. I loooooove them. They feel great and they hold up under saturation and they don’t leave a single scrap of cotton fuzz on my face. They are absolutely the most effective cotton product I’ve ever used, of any shape or style.
And now here’s my problem: I’m about halfway through my bonus pack, and I can’t seem to find any more of these Q-Tips brand cotton rounds for sale anywhere. Target doesn’t have them on display with the rest of the cotton products. They don’t even have any more of the bonus packs attached to packages of Q-Tips. And yes, I love these cotton rounds enough to buy an extra 500 Q-Tips just to get my hands on some more. I haven’t seen them at any of the other places around town where one can find Q-Tips products. A search of the Target website yields nothing, and, surprisingly, so does a search of the Q-Tips website. (I did, however, learn that Q-Tips has an entire section of its website devoted to the many uses of cotton swabs in holiday crafts. No joke.) In fact, the entire Internet seems to be ignoring the existence of any such product as a Q-Tip brand cotton round.
Q-Tip’s clever plan to get me hooked on their name brand cotton rounds has worked. But there seems to be a second, key component of the plan missing: Namely, in order to keep feeding my addiction to these wonderful pads, somebody’s going to have to give me an opportunity to buy more of them. I’ve only got about a week’s supply left. I suppose maybe I could go back to using regular old cotton rounds and pretend it was all just a wonderful dream… but I’d much rather find a way to replenish my supply…