The Items People Feel Have Declined in Quality

It appears that the times where products were built to last are completely over with now. Our consumer mentality has taken over, and this means that businesses often produce products that are built to break within a certain amount of time, just so you have to buy more. Today, we want to take a quick look at things that they just don’t make like they used to. 

1. Jeans

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Jeans, specifically those from Levis, used to be about as tough as humanly possible, but they’re constantly getting much weaker and lower in quality. They just don’t last very long anymore, and that’s even with great care.

“Levis. I had a pair for years as a teenager. Bought a pair in 2020 and within 6 months they had fraying and then holes in the seams.”

2. Honeycomb Cereal

Honeycomb cereal

For anybody who grew up with the serial, you know just how delicious it used to be. All of the pieces used to be delicious, sweet, puffy, and big, but this just isn’t the same way anymore. This also applies to many other cereals out there, that just don’t taste like they used to.

“Now they just look and taste like brown cardboard.”

3. Chef Boyardee Ravioli

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When we are on the topic of food, Chef Boyardee used to make some pretty tasty stuff, mainly their canned raviolis. However, it seems like the ingredient quality has declined drastically, with the sauce not being quite so delicious anymore. They just don’t taste like they used to.

“Same with Chef Boyardee canned ravioli. The sauce back in the 90s was actually pretty decent. Now it’s like ketchup water.”

4. Pine Sol

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For those who don’t know, this used to be one of the most popular cleaning products of all time period as the name implies, pine oil used to be the main ingredient, and it worked and smelled really well because of this. However, in 2014, it seemed as though the primary ingredient, pine oil, was removed from the product, therefore rendering it virtually useless.

“Pine Sol changed its formula in 2014, knocking out the key ingredient, pine oil. Sigh.”

5. Magnum Ice Creams

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This is one of the few items on the list that they technically still make like they used to in terms of the ingredients and quality, but what has changed is the size. The size of magnum brand ice creams has significantly decreased over the years, compared with an increase in price. That was just really expensive ice cream.

“I can swear when I was young Magnum ice cream was twice the size of today.”

6. Refrigerators


Home appliances like refrigerators used to be built to last forever. Some people bought their refrigerators back in the 1970s or 80s, and they still work. However, newer appliances that are built in our modern time just don’t last the same way anymore.

“My grandfather has a refrigerator from 1959 from his wedding in his basement, still works. Only have to defrost it from time to time. The more modern one upstairs has been replaced like three times since I’ve been alive (I’m 38) and the current one is struggling.”

7. Washing Machines

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Back in the day, so to speak, you could wash virtually anything in a washing machine and it would get totally clean, and you never had to worry about the washer breaking. However, this just isn’t the case anymore, as many models appear to actually be meant to break.

“Planned obsolescence is an actual term and design structure. It’s insane”

8. Band T-Shirts

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Another thing that just isn’t built the same way anymore are T-shirts, specifically those with bands and movies on them. Back in the day, you could buy a T-shirt and it would last for years to come, and now they start to fall apart within just a few washes.

“Seriously, they just feel cheap too. I still have 3 shirts from like 10 years ago that are in great condition.”

9. Software

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This is a very unique one, but true nonetheless. Back in the day, ever since the computer revolution, we could buy our software and then permanently own it. However, nowadays, most software has to be rented on a subscription basis, therefore greatly increasing the purchase of it.

“We can’t even buy software anymore…It’s all services and subscriptions or passes… We can’t have anything simple anymore.”

10. Children’s Toys

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Children’s toys used to be made out of wood, metal, and anything else that actually lasted and was able to withstand the punishment thrown at them by children. However, this just isn’t the case anymore. It would almost appear as though toys are built to break.

“Children’s toys. When my daughter was little, I was floored by the flimsy cheap plastic parts, compared to my solid and sturdy toys (many still in great condition) from the late 80’s/early 90’s.”

11. Candy Bars

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Have you ever noticed how chocolate bars and candies in general just keep getting smaller, compared to their rising costs? Yes it’s called shrinkflation, and it’s real.

“Candy bars, the king size was actually a big hunk of chocolate, now it’s a share size and smaller than it used to be and costs twice as much.”

12. Video Games

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The production of video games used to involve many months and years of programming, and now most of the games people play are simple mobile games that are just full of advertisements. They’re just not very fun anymore. Most modern games just have to spend a bunch of money for a chance at winning.

“Candy bars, the king size was actually a big hunk of chocolate, now it’s a share size and smaller than it used to be and costs twice as much.”

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