Am I fantasizing a lost Eden that never existed, or did supermarkets once place all the chocolate chip cookies together, the oatmeal cookies together, the crackers together, etc.? So, you know, if you, like, wanted some chocolate chip cookies, you could look at all the chocolate chip cookies at once and decide which kind you wanted?
Instead of having to look at all the Keebler cookies and crackers jumbled together, then all the Nabisco cookies and crackers, then all the Pepperidge Farm cookies and crackers (and if you've got a downscale supermarket, like our closest one, that's about it--we're probably lucky to have Pepperidge Farm)? And if you want Mallomars, and have no idea what brand they are, you have to walk back and forth in front of the shelves, with not a clue as to where you should even begin to look? And if all you want is some generic ginger snaps for a crust, forget it?
I know it's because the Big Food Corporations pay Big Bucks to get their product on the shelves, and they want their product all together so that we'll just go straight from their cookies to their crackers, because we're so tired of shopping already.
Still, it's annoying.