I hate it when I find a good product that gets changed by its manufacturer just to save on production costs.
Laundry detergent companies are notorious for doing this, as well as shorting on their amounts to save a few pennies here and there.
Cheap laundry detergent isn’t the same unless you buy the right brand, but these are often out of stock when I get to the grocery store. I don’t like going from one batch that smells wonderful to one with a strange chemical odor a month or two later. The disruption in global supply chains is likely to have repercussions generations into the future. Therefore, the rising cost of raw goods, materials, and components that go into making other products will inevitably lead to issues. A supplier can either raise their prices across the board, or seek a cheaper manufacturing process. Sadly, this was the decision that my air conditioner filter brand took with their once-great odor reduction filters. They were the first company to start spraying one of their allergen filter options with a layer of activated charcoal crystals. The amazing thing about the charcoal is that it doesn’t simply absorb odors, but also toxins released from mold spores if you have them getting in from outdoors. Unfortunately, my once beloved charcoal air conditioner filters are being made poorly and are shedding crystals into my HVAC air handler. These small, black charcoal crystals can lead to damage in the evaporator coil and fan motor. I took my a/c filter back to the store immediately and got a refund to buy a normal allergen filter.