Hopefully, this entry will go through this time as I've been having trouble uploading it today.
Anyways, for those who didn't already know, I currently work at a jail. There are lots of interesting details about jail life, but the one I am interested in today is the inmate personal hygiene products. They seem perfectly functional, and I would imagine to be very affordable.
A quick google showed
For comparison sake, however, I decided to check out the bulk prices for similar items on Amazon. (These jail supplies have to be ordered in bulk as well, so this is a fair comparison.) The results really surprised me.
For example, I found toothpaste for $0.27 per equivalent tube. It's still quite good, but jail prices are better.
However, I also found toothbrushes for as little as $0.015 a piece! That's right, toothbrushes for as little as a penny and a half a piece! I thought something had to be wrong here, and according to some of the reviews, the brushes are considered disposable and will fall apart after a few uses at most. Not bad if that's all you wanted.
Soap turned out to be a little tricker, as the lowest price I could find right now is liquid body wash for what amounts to only $0.03 per ounce! I guess it's just as well since I prefer body wash anyway.
(Shipping and handling was not included in any of the calcuations.)
Well, regardless of which route I take, I have learned that it is indeed possible to get really good prices for personal hygiene products.