April 13, 2006
Three Sheets to the Wind, or Less
Bed sheets are normally sold by "thread count" -- how many strands of fiber run horizontally or vertically through a given inch of the fabric. Two large retailers, Bed Bath & Beyond and Wal-Mart, have been sued for selling sheets with lower thread counts than those marked on the packages.
It should be an interesting case, with a potential trade usage issue, given that the meaning of "thread count" used by manufacturers and that used by the Federal Trade Commission appear to be different -- a study reportedly showed that 8 out of 9 sheets had fewer actual threads than advertised. Manufacturers appear to count a double-ply thread as 2 threads, while the FTC says it's only 1. Stay tuned.
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