Monday, September 26, 2011

Try This

I'm involved in an online consumer group that, periodically, sends me surveys to fill out. I get rewarded with fake cash which I can use to get things. I've accumulated roughly $400 in rewards and I really should see if there is something good I can get with this.

A week ago, I was asked if I wanted to participate in a survey about a new toothpaste. I read the ads they intend to put in print media. Meh. It didn't stand out for me via advertising. They asked for people who might me interested in trying the toothpaste. I said, "Sure." The tube came on Thursday.

I need to use this for 2 weeks and there will be a follow up survey about my impressions. As the survey is on-going, I won't reveal the name of the toothpaste. In 2 weeks, I can.

My initial impressions are favorable. It's got a pleasant taste that is not overpowering. It doesn't make a lot of foam when you're brushing. I take that to mean the toothpaste is scrubbing and not going to foam. The aftertaste, when you're finished, is pleasant and dissipates quickly. I'm not left with 'toothpaste' mouth for a couple of hours. In the morning, my mouth doesn't feel quite so gunky. It's quite thick and I have a hard time getting it out of the tube, particularly in the morning. I need a new toothbrush.

It's nice, but this is one area where it comes down to price. There has really got to be something stellar about a toothpaste to make me pay full price. I used to buy Tom's of Maine, paid full price for that. Their ecological stance is very attractive to me. But their toothpaste never has coupons and it's roughly $5.00 per tube. When I can get Aim for $0.99 for the same size tube and I'm pinching pennies, it's tough to justify the extra cost. When this finally gets to the stores, I will have to see what it costs and whether it will be on sale with coupons.

I hope I don't have to give back the unused portion when the two weeks are up. I am liking this better than the Aim I bought. It's sparkly.

Beverage:  Edinburgh's Finest tea


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