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Where to Buy Discontinued O.B. Ultra Purple Tampons

Discontinued O.B. Ultra Tampons Hit the Black Market

"Very rare!" "Unopened." "Brand new." These are words eBay sellers use to describe tampons for sale, but not just any tampons — the beloved O.B. Ultra (the purple box), which Johnson & Johnson discontinued late last year.

Soon all O.B. tampons were reported missing from store shelves, and though they've started to return, many women still can't find them. So, of course, enterprising eBay users are all over this opportunity. O.B. Ultra is going for $50 (seller also has a "cracked" box available for $45) while the same-size box (albeit nondiscontinued absorbencies) sells for under $6 on

The crazy thing is they're probably selling, otherwise so many people wouldn't be offering them. Once women do get their hands on the discontinued tampons they may have an Elaine from Seinfeld-like conundrum (are you sponge-worthy?) on their hands. Is today's flow ultra-worthy or just super?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
PostM: "I never understand it when women have a really picky preference for a specific tampon. " I can understand the applicator preference, one is often more comfortable than the other (depending on what you're used to). I personally stick with Tampax because the others I've tried don't fit me right. Sounds weird, but the way the Pearls open up causes only one side to be useful and I leak out with half of it still dry. Your description of the faces girls make is funny :P If I need one, I don't care what it is, but I only buy Tampax myself.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 6 years
I don't like using applicators, to me its just wasteful. I also like O.B because it expands in width, not length. So they fit much more comfortably. I'm not crazy loyal where I'd buy them for 50 bucks though.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 6 years
I think tampons are pretty expensive to begin with (another stupid necessary expense men don't have to put up with), I can't imagine paying $50 for them. What's the difference between the discontinued Ultra and the Ultras on anyhow?
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I never understand it when women have a really picky preference for a specific tampon. I could care less what tampon I use, as long as they aren't like dollar store brand with no applicator types. But I've had girls ask me for a tampon and when I don't have Tampax Pearl, they act like I'm handing them an uncapped dirty syringe or something. I especially don't understand a preference so specific that they're willing to spend $50 on them. I mean, really? Out of all the tampons out there, you still just have to have OB?
Pistil Pistil 6 years
Phew! I was afraid the whole product was being discontinued. I never used the ultra anyway, but if only I had known I could have started stock piling last year and made some extra cash.
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