More people have mentioned drinks that are no longer sold than those that still are. That sums up one of the most infuriating aspects of retailing in Taiwan. Whenever I find something new in the convenience stores or supermarkets that I really like, I make the most of it while I can and stock up on it if it’ll keep, because I know how likely it is that they won’t continue selling it for very long.
If you looked at a typical basket of the imported stuff I bought in Wellcome say 10 or 15 years ago, you’d probably find that 80% of those items are no longer on their shelves. Of course, often they’re just testing the market for something new, and if it appears to sell well, they quickly arrange with a local manufacturer to put out something that looks more or less the same (though is always infinitely inferior) and quickly put that on the shelves in place of the imported item, figuring that most of the locals will buy it all the same and won’t be able to tell the difference, while the manufacturer and retailer can share a nice fat profit.
My addition to the list of favourite drinks that used to be but are no longer sold in 7-11: Lucozade – totally delicious, gives a great energy boost, and brings back happy childhood memories.