Tuesday, January 26, 2010

into thin air?

Fudge! I maybe, sorta, mighta been right (about something?! It's about time, but why oh why this!) It's pretty much official... the aircare line is history. At least at your local Target!

This weekend I noticed at one of my nearby Targets that the pill refills were not only sold out, but the stickers on the shelves had been removed and other aircare items had been placed there to take up the extra space. "Hmm..." I thought to myself, "not good! Not good at all!" I attempted another try at prying anymore information about the aircare line out of method's mouth (which aircare wise, has become the equivalent of Fort Knox. Seriously.) Their response was pretty much a "no comment." Ha ha! So, with that in mind, I just decided to wait and see. (But I'm so impatient! I must know now! I have no life, so throw me a bone here, ok? Or, I could just get a life. Eh, that's probably way too hard. Just throw me a bone. That'll do.)

Well, tonight I ran into Target (again?! Don't even go there) and upon entering the aircare line, my heart sunk. The ENTIRE line - clearanced. Well, almost the entire line. Oddly enough, the aroma rings were not clearanced. What the heck is that all about? I can't imagine they sell more aroma rings than every other aircare item to result in Target still carrying them?! Curiouser and curiouser...

So, it looks like I was right. The line is clearanced. Which at least in Target terms for this current version, is the same as discontinued. Lavender + lemongrass. Sweet water. Vanilla apple. - Run, buy, while they're still here! Meanwhile, here are my thoughts.

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There are three options here, as far as I can tell.

+ Option A. The line is done for. History. Over and out. Neither here, nor there. MIA4EVER. method has just decided to drop the aircare line and be done with it. But, here are the weird things. 1) Target didn't discontinue the aroma rings? Hmm, part of a new line? But why keep these particular scents in the aroma rings, when they didn't in the pills? 2) I'm gonna confess something, given what's happend here I think it's safe for me to do so now. Whenever I'd ask about the line at method, I'd get a "I'd stock up on my favorite aircare products if I were you!" Translation: discontinued! But wait, there's more...

+ Option B. A brand spankin' new aircare line is about to debut! Why not keep the pills then? Well, they want to sell the new scents (and here's hoping they still HAVE the pills, or I will cry scream yell and murder! Well, maybe not murder... but it'll be close!) so they're clearancing off the old ones. But wait... 1) Target isn't clearancing the aroma rings, in the same scents. Even if they came out in new scents, wouldn't they also clearance these current versions if they're doing it to the pills? Gah. And but 2) Many advocates who have called method and asked straight up about the aircare line were told "the aircare line is here to stay. No worries!" But wait, what? You told me to stock up? Is someone just lying? method doesn't lie! Lying is so ungreen! (Right?) Unless... stock up (on the old stuff) but don't worry about the line (cause there will be new stuff!) Whew! Or...

+ Option C. Target is only going to carry the aroma rings. And that's it. No new line. method will still maintain the aircare line, and you'll be able to buy small amounts of it in places like Lowe's (who currently carries them, though not to the extent that Target does.) You'll also be able to buy them on method's online store (though we all know that would cost us a small fortune, so poo poo on that one.)

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Now, what do YOU think? Will you miss the current aircare line? Do you think another one is on the way? My only other reasoning for thinking we MIGHT be seeing a new one is simply method's tight lips on this. I have never in all my years conversing with method felt so locked out of what was going on with a product line of theirs. I mean, what is the point? If you tell people it's being discontinued, it shouldn't hurt sales; in fact it might help them cause people will go and stock up before it's gone. And if you tell them there is a new line, people will still stock up on the old stuff AND be excited for the new stuff. But I'm thinking maybe, MAYBE we'll be seeing a new line and method's just being really hush hush about this one 'til the big debut!

Either way, we should know in mere weeks. Once Target finally pulls the remaining aircare product from the shelves, and puts them on the endcaps (like they always do).. and we find out just what they put in it's place? Hmm...

11 comments:

kirby said...

Sigh.

I used up the last of my stockpiled beach sage pill refills and had resigned myself to the fact that I'd have to have my room smell like lavender lemongrass, and maybe things wouldn't be so bad... I'd talked myself in to it and become accustomed to the idea--and now this? I can't find any pill refills. Not even :gag: vanilla apple. I really hope the aroma pills are just on a brief hiatus, I miss my nightlight pill already (and yes I know it's noon here, but still).

Nathan Aaron said...

OH Kirby, I totally agree. I actually think this "mums the word" attitude about the aircare is hurting things. I mean, I keep wanting to buy another nightlight (I LOVE THOSE THINGS!) but stop myself every time until I find out if they're sticking around or not. If I have like seven leftover pills that I can't do anything with after a while. Grr...

I'm REALLY hoping something new is coming around the corner. A home with no method aircare is a really sad home. I mean, pretty much all you have to choose from is GAG! Glade.

PS - I love lavender lemongrass! It's my fav! Ha ha!

Jon Glover said...

I stopped by my target today and they had the rings on clearance too. Alas.

Nathan Aaron said...

Darn. I wondered if it was just some overlooked Target glitch...

Karin said...

tear.

Tracy said...

Aircare is my favorite thing about Method but I just cant stand the crop they have had for the longest time.
Remember Cut Grass?
Fresh Lychee?
My personal stash will eventually run out and if so I may have to turn to Mrs Myers for comfort
but I so do not want to have to do that

Rebecca said...

I hope they continue the pills, because I switched to them after reading about bad chemicals in the Glade and BBW ones.
Sigh. Everything I like gets discontinued *pout*.
Well, I'll keep an eye out at Big Lots...

Nathan Aaron said...

I know, Rebecca! I know. Karin, you being sarcastic? LOL And Tracy, does Mrs. Meyers even make aircare product. I honestly have no clue, but I've never seen any.

I sorta feel like method's thinking (possibly) that since Seventh Generation, Mrs. Meyers, and the handful of other green cleaning companies aren't making aircare, maybe they shouldn't either. (Though method doesn't make tissue paper or paper towels, and Seventh Generation does, so back at'cha. LOL) But I think that's precisely WHY method needs to stay in the aircare business. Without them, it's Glade in the retail stores. Nasty smelling, bad for you Glade. I mean, could we get a FEW more options here? I know I can't be the only one who likes my house smelling nice when I walk in the door (as proven by the comments above.) So here's hoping method sticks it out, and gives us some new aircare. Cause they're all about revolutionizing home cleaning areas, right? Well, aircare is a BIG one in need of some revolutionizing, let me tell you! So let's keep our fingers crossed! I'm half cringing in fear, and half hopeful in anticipation!

tracy said...

Mrs M makes a scent diffuser - which I havent tried because I honestly prefer Method. I am so with you - I like that every time someone walks in my place they say "oh it smells so good in here" and that is because I use the Method pills. Its subtle but enough to make a difference.
I think I saw the scent diffusers at Bed Bath and Beyond ages ago but they defintley have them on her website

MartyGreene said...

Any idea where someone might be able to hunt down the Pomegranate Tea pills, sprays, or rings? I'd stockpiled them but then in a pack-and-dash to leave an unhealthy and dangerous living situation I lost my beloved stockpile. I LOVED that scent.

I also noticed that the aircare line is pretty nonexistant on the methodhome site. Scary.

Amy said...

I was out of pill refills and couldn't find them at Target either (or on Amazon--even willing to pay for shipping). I wrote to Method today and received this reply:Thanks so much for writing us and for your interest in method.

Air care will be discontinued from our whole line in the very near future. You will still be able to find our air care products at a few retail partners but they will begin to be phased out in the coming months. So this means, if you love our air care products BUY THEM UP NOW because we don’t currently have any plans to reintroduce them.

The best places to find air care are: Methodhome.com, Drugstore.com, Amazon.com, Lowe’s, Duane Reade (NYC).

Sad, Amy

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