They don't make socks like they used to.

@megamatt (14329)
United States
February 9, 2011 12:04pm CST
The biggest problem with socks I think used to be that they tend to sometimes vanish in the laundry to be never seen again. I think that there might be some alternate dimension with some creature who feasts on socks and just opens a rift in time and space to steal our socks. Still I noticed that socks when they could be found used to last much, much longer. These days, they tend to go to pieces and get worn out in the heels. It just proves that they really do not make things like they used to.
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9 responses
10 Feb 11
I agree with you completely! Every time i do the laundry i always lose my socks! I always keep an eye on it so it cannot walk away but by the time im folding my dried clothes, there are always odd socks! It is truly unbelievable. I also agree that socks these days are made very cheaply and badly. I always get holes in my socks from worn holes after a day at work or even when i put my socks on, they rip! I try to buy decent socks but the prices are ridiculous! A decent sock price is abouyt £10
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@megamatt (14329)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I think the prices on many things in this world are absurd. And they are just going to keep getting slightly more absurd, based on the state of the economy. That is just really the nature of the world today in general. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
9 Feb 11
I guess that in a small way it depends on how much you are paying for socks and where you purchase them from. I have purchase some where all over the heel you can see where it is just fading away, underneath the sock is a little similar and then holes just then start to arrive as they are not that strong. Many years ago they did last a lot better. However, i tend to buy a load of cheap ones so that when they do start to get in a bad condition then i can bin them, but when it is cold, which it often is here in the UK, i tend to buy thermal socks, these also can be picked up for a reasonable price and as the are thermal they are a lot thicker and warmer and so they tend to last longer. We have just had a freezing cold winter, the worst for many years, i was so tempted to get some thermal socks that were really thick, they were about a 2.5 tog sock, they would keep me really warm, but would also need some thick footwear for these. I may buy them later in the year if it does start to get so cold again, hopefully with these being extremely thick they will last a long time, well they better had as they are more expensive.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
9 Feb 11
Yeah I'm pretty sure that it will depend on the type of sock. Some are more long lasting then others. Then again, there are times where I think that they are downsizing on the materials a lot of the time, thus it is going to wear out rather quickly. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
15 Feb 11
A few years ago, frustrated with the process of buying socks, I found a website called Blacksocks.com, which delivers socks by sockscription. The socks are made in Italy, with fine PIMA cotton. I ended up partnering with the Swiss owner and now run the North American operations-it's a great service delivering quality socks!
@bird123 (10501)
• United States
11 Feb 11
Yes, just where do those socks go in the laundry??? For years and years I searched for that monster getting my socks, but with no success. One day I discovered the truth. I sock got stuck in the washing machine's water pump and locked it up. Yes, it was a mess but I got it working again. The answer is that the socks are being pumped out in the drain. Now that I discovered the real truth, I can not longer believe in those sock monsters. You are right socks don't seem to last as long. They are also trying to get us to like those socks cut off at the ankle. I hate those the worst. I guess they are trying to get by making a half a sock for the same price. I guess there is no end to corporate greed.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
11 Feb 11
That is an intriguing explanation and it does make a lot of sense when you think about it. Well it would only account for half of the socks, the one's that make it into the wash that is. There is really nothing that people would not do without making a couple of bucks. That is just the way life is going to be. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@yoyo1198 (3643)
• United States
10 Feb 11
I don't think a lot of things are made the way they used to be. Quality has gone away and quantity has taken its place. I really don't buy socks anymore. I've started making them. I can crochet a good-looking pair of good quality socks in one evening. The crochet and knitting yarns of today are examples of some things that are made with eye on quality. But of course, it is not cheap. But I use good sock yarn and don't wash via machine. Taking care of them and washing by hand will let me keep them for a long time.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
10 Feb 11
That is so very true. Everything across the board is not being made like it used to. Which really when you think about it is intentional. Because they want you to purchase from them at a regular basis. Therefore, they are going to make it good enough so people will keep buying it but not too good. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
oh mine is worst. hahaha the socks are lost..and usually just one of the pair. lol..maybe some creature who eat our socks!
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
10 Feb 11
The sock eating creature does seem to be the most logical explanation. Or they just dissolve in the washer or the dryer. Whatever really floats your boat and seems more plausible. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@Monkeyrose (2850)
• Canada
10 Feb 11
hehe yes we have a sock gremlin too. I'm not sure what he's doing with all the socks but he could probably cloth the entire world twice over with all the socks he's claimed through the years. We usually buy cheap socks and I haven't noticed a difference. Some last for years and some for only one. I recently bought some really good wool socks for up north. They are excellent quality and will probably last me a good long time. we bought under socks and over socks. They are very warm.
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
10 Feb 11
If I had added up all of the socks that have disappeared over the years, at the very least, I might be able to stock the sock aisle at a clothing store. At least once, maybe twice. Still a lot of my socks, are bought in bulk, at the dollar store, but they actually last a bit longer from socks where I buy from other places. Go figure. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
• United States
9 Feb 11
Yeah I've noticed that too. Just the other day I was folding my clothes and noticed that almost every load of laundry I do there is a missing sock that I just can't seem to find. With such large consumerism, it seems like the small things like socks just get so mass produced and the quality suffers from it. I have a baby hole in the sock I'm wearing, and I'm sure it'll surely start to grow. Some scoundrel from another universe keeps tearing all my socks up!
@megamatt (14329)
• United States
9 Feb 11
Mass production does seem to be the case. It does save time and money. But it also leads to lesser quality products. Then again, I think that's what companies want. It does make a lot of sense. Of course they have to be good enough for us to buy them but they can't be too good. Thank you for your response. It is much appreciated and it contributed to the topic well. Have a nice day and thanks.
@vivamir (673)
26 Jul 11
Ha ha..I just implied that in another discussion LoL.. Its true though..where do they go..? I put them in pairs now.. so maybe Im losing twice the amount?. (",)
@cream97 (29167)
• United States
17 Mar 11
Hi. megamatt. I admit that they don't make socks and clothing like they used to. But as for my socks, they seem to hold up much longer than they normally should. Even when I buy them as they are very cheap. I still am able to wear them. My son was bought dark socks last year and they still are holding up good. I guess it just all depends on how you are wearing your socks that would make the difference.