Last week, I shared some Black Friday sales that looked good, including JC Penney’s $4.99 pajama pants. I was especially excited about this sale, because my son is allergic to polyester, and it’s often tough to find good sales on 100% cotton pajamas.
I went through all of the styles on sale and selected three that specified 100% cotton:
To save money on shipping, I opted to ship-to-store, thinking that we’d make sure they were cotton before we picked them up.
My husband was in town when I got a text from JCP that the pajamas had arrived, so I sent him over to pick them up. The pants were inside a brown, stapled bag. He asked if he could open the bag before accepting the order, and the clerk told him “no. You need to take the bag and exit the store before you open it.”
So, he left the store, opened the bag, and here’s what was inside:
It’s frustrating, because we often turn to buying clothing online for our son when we can’t find 100% cotton apparel items locally in stores, and this is an ongoing problem with many retailers — the fabric descriptions listed online don’t always match what the products’ tags say.
I realize that this is kind of an oddball issue too, but each time I blog about clothing allergies (contact dermatitis) I hear from other people who either have the same thing or are shopping for someone who does. I had a buy-return-buy-return cycle going on earlier this year with Amazon in which I was looking for a specific kind of shirt for my son and ordered three different styles from three different brands. All said cotton in the description, and not one of them was when they arrived.
For anyone else who might have purchased these pajamas looking for cotton ones, my apologies — the price was definitely great, but the fabric wasn’t. :(