It makes me a bit sad. I get it. Once they gain a customer, that customer likely does not need their services again for 5+ years. I understand why they try to flog cleaning solutions, cleaning vessels, pouches, new colours, glittery cups, etc. But one of the reasons I committed to using menstrual cups is the environmental factor, which is out the window if I start buying finger cots and vag wipes and cup wipes and then a new cup just because I want a different colour (please don't interpret that as me judging anyone who buys a cup because of its colour - it's so tempting! The marketing works!).
I guess I'm pretty passionate about cups, and I want the companies to succeed, but not by having a negative impact on the environment, or making us feel like we should be uncomfortable with our natural processes.
I'm obviously not a marketing person, but I feel like there must be another way. Has anyone noticed companies trying some sort of refer-a-friend scheme? I have never seen any advertising for cups. Should they be advertising, and should they be gearing it towards the eco-friendly types? I bought Thinx underwear, maybe menstrual cup companies should be linking better with companies that offer similar products? Maybe instead of trying to sell us cup-related products that we really don't need, they should be trying to sell us other reusable products? For example, I have quite the collection of reusable coffee cups, and they all get heavy use. Cups cups cups. And there are some beautiful grown-up lunchboxes around.
Sorry for the rant. Happy menstrual cupping, everyone!