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Posted: 6:00 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, 2013

Top laundry detergent to get cheaper?

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Laundry detergent packets

By Clark Howard

In an effort to fight back against discount laundry detergents, Procter & Gamble is considering a budget-priced version of Tide.

Nearly half of Americans are now buying discount detergents -- brands like Costco Wholesale's Kirkland Signature and Target's up & up, to name just two.

Procter & Gamble is reportedly considering a budget liquid detergent that would be called Tide Simple, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Several years ago, up & up HE (high efficiency) laundry detergent won the coveted Best Buy rating from Consumer Reports. It was the only detergent to do so. At that time, Target's store brand cost 11 cents a load. Tide detergent, meanwhile, was 23 cents a load, though it only scored a little higher than up & up. So people were paying more than double the price for roughly equivalent cleaning power.

The funny thing is I read in the The Wall Street Journal article about Tide's discount gamble a quote from a detergent industry insider who said, "Nobody wins a price war game."

Huh? Talk about untrue words! If "nobody" means 315 million Americans, then the sentence should read "Everyone wins..."

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