Admittedly, this is one of my largest hauls ever, second to last month’s 30 diapers. But they were spread over 2 packs. It was when I was at the shop buying them that I thought to myself, why not try getting a ‘deluxe’ pack of diapers – the usual Tena Slip Super in a pack of 28 instead of the usual 10.
So I started to do my research and found out that yes, it was indeed value for money (I’ll come back to this in a bit), but I’d have to haul the bulk back on public transport, to my school hostel.
Obviously I decided it was worth the risk. So I started to comb the pharmacies in the west. The usual Unity, Guardian and Watsons chains didn’t carry it. The latter two didn’t even carry the TSS. Then I headed over to the Polyclinic pharmacies. But they don’t carry cloth-backed diaper varieties these days, save for some old stock like the 2014-era TSMs… manufactured in 2014 .
I wouldn’t call it a decline, it’s just that plastic-backed diapers are much cheaper. Most people don’t test the products on themselves before putting them on their loved ones, so they don’t know the difference it truly makes. Anyway, a budget diaper costs around 55-65c a piece while a premium economy diaper costs around 70-90c a piece. Most cloth-backs cost more than a dollar. Thus one would save a fair bit of money each month.
So I managed to locate a pharmacy, at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (I still think it should be called Jurong East General Hospital, #moneypolitics).
The saleslady I spoke to was a little loud. Uncomfortably loud, in a cramped space filled with people. But otherwise she was professional, as she helped me check on the stock availability and price. She mentioned that very few places in Singapore carried the 28pc set, and that it usually was snapped up very quickly. They were usually used by stroke patients. Then she asked me ‘how many diapers a day was used’. I coyly replied 1 pack of 28 a month, and that was that, no question on who used them and for what.
In momentarily slipping up my math, I thought it was too expensive and I tried to slip away, but she already had my contact detail. As luck would have it, they were receiving a shipment of inventory the next day, which included just 4 packs of these 28pc TSSs. So she contacted me, and this was the message that I received.
Yea, I appreciate you renaming me after my security blanket, thank you very much indeed.
I was arriving to pick up my package. By then the lady has sent me multiple texts and even called me to confirm AND direct me to a different pharmacy. More walking. Yay.
This pharmacy was empty, so I had a chat with the cashier. It was a casual chat, but she boasted that the prices in that pharmacy ‘are the best in Singapore’. So I paid $29.95 for 28 diapers, so that works out to be $1.07 per piece – a significant discount on the $1.41 to $1.57 per piece I usually pay.
Then the package came and boy was I in for a surprise. It was huge – but who was I kidding? That’s 28 diapers crammed in in there! Now there was the sticky issue of bringing it home. I know that I couldn’t take the train to school now, with the packaging visible and all.
So I decided my best bet was to take a series of busses to school. Waiting for the bus, on a sunny afternoon can be very distressing. Especially when your phone is about to run out of battery and the bus arrival timing was definitely off by 10 minutes. Eventually, I in my hostel.
But I only realised the strange thing about it once I was back in my hostel room – the diapers were the 2014 model… You can see how its stacked in two layers. I was kind of expecting the newer ones. Oh well, not that these are bad, I feel that they look better than the new ones. But the new ones are a fraction thinner and feel more snug, even though both are of the same cut.