Tide Laundry Detergent Liquid Gold?!
Apparently, my laundry room is a treasure trove of high value assets.
YahooNews (“Tide Detergent Being Stolen From Stores Across the Country“):
Tide laundry detergent is meant to be used for household cleaning purposes, but thieves are turning it into something dirty. Authorities are reporting a spike in thefts of Tide, and in some cities they are setting up task forces where the detergent is sold to track the number of bottles in stores. Police believe thieves are using the soap on the black market, which retails for $10-$20, to buy drugs. On the black market, Tide is often referred to as “liquid gold” and can go for $5-$10 per bottle.
Last year, in St. Paul, Minnesota, a man is alleged to have stolen $25,000 worth of Tide over 15 months before authorities captured him. Stores such as CVS have amped up security measures to prevent theft; at some locations the detergent is kept in a locked container and an employee must retrieve it for customers.
So why is Tide the only detergent being targeted? Authorities list several reasons: Tide is instantly recognizable because of its Day-Glo orange bottle; it is one of the most expensive brands of laundry detergent; and it does not have serial numbers, so it cannot be tracked.
Now, I know that times are tough. But, seriously, who’s buying black market laundry detergent? Particularly at nearly full price?
A quick check shows that, by virtue of Amazon Prime, I can get 50 ounces of Tide Original Scent 2x Ultra shipped to my house for a mere $7.99. Why would I give some joker on the street $10 for it? Especially since, apparently, it would make me a target for criminals.