Yes, bad cat litter is cheaper than the good stuff. And yes, there's a reason for that. I have fallen prey to cheap cat litter in the past and it happened just a week ago! NEVER AGAIN! (It's like generic mac n' cheese...never the same as the real stuff!) Just spend the buck or so more and save yourself the issue of stink and a shoddy product.
As to future eighty-sixing...I've been eyeing some books and I actually found a place to take and recycle them. Let's see how long it takes me to get them there.