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Posted on 01/24/2011 7:55:30 PM PST by wrrock
It's not your imagination.
Orange juice is not going as far as it used to. Same for toilet paper. Dish soap. And cheese slices.
You are making more trips to the store.
In fact, a Consumer Reports investigation found that while many products have reduced their packaging size; their prices have actually increased.
It how businesses are dealing with higher prices for wholesale food and energy. Instead of raising prices significantly, companies are shrinking the packaging.
They are hoping you do not notice too much.
Consumer Reports (paid subscription required) first noticed the trend when they started hearing complains about higher toilet paper prices despite smaller packaging. Their investigation identified many other products.
Here is a complete rundown of Consumer Reports findings...
(Excerpt) Read more at saladchefreviews.org ...
Yeah, at Sav-a-Lot they replaced the 5 pound bags of sugar with 64oz bags of sugar. I didn’t notice the price dropping 20%.
Well the added benefit is a reduction in consumption of calories.
We eat too much anyway. /S
They started this YEARS ago with 13 oz coffee tins in place of 1 lb...
My Yuban Coffee was 44oz. and it’s now 33oz. AND the price rose by $2.00. The government elites might fool themselves, but every shopper knows the truth about inflation.
I’ve noticed... especially with ice cream. The containers are much smaller and sale prices use to be two for five dollars and maybe they are now two for six dollars. I’ve also seen pasta 12 oz. instead of 16 oz (1 lb). Spaghetti sauce is also smaller. Just a thought
My wife brought home 3oz cups of yogurt last week. I told her Karen Carpenter and Annie Rexia don't eat at our house! I mean who the hell eats a 3oz cup of yogurt? That's three tablespoons!
If they shrink some of the cereal boxes any more, they’ll be the size of the individual package. Wendy’s has been doing this too for a long time with their sandwiches.
I ordered this action: It's for your own good.
The last time I went shopping I noticed a couple of items had changed from 16 oz to 14. I have been sitting here trying to think of what they were but have a mental block.
yeah, heard Walmart started the universal shrinking of goods forcing the lower payments. That’s how they make 29million an hour.
We like del monte fruit naturals. The container went from 8 oz to 7 but the price stayed the same. Same thing with ice cream. Our local store brags that its carton has 1.75 qt when all the big names are just 1.5. Of course 2 qt used to be the standard.
The downsizing of paper towels was annoying because we have a wall mounted holder. The slight decrease in size caused them to keep falling off the towel holder, which was designed for the old size.
Besides the inflated prices it is actually a headache for recipes now you have to buy 2 of something because of it or use less and alter the taste if you can do that, some things don’t turn out right if you try to skimp. Thanks a lot banana ben bernanke.
I was half-watching some fat show at my parent’s house the other night. The lady helping the fat woman at the grocery store held up one of those small Ben and Jerry/Haagen-daz type containers of icecream and asked her how long one of those would last her. The fat lady looked at her like she was crazy. I guess we are to believe it would take a skinny person a couple of weeks to go through one of those tiny containers.
Ice cream started doing that a long time ago.
agree with you, this is not new..sugar used to come in 5 pound bags, haven’t been in 5 lb bags for years. Its 4 pounds. I guess if your old :O) you notice things.
Ah, that is just an illusion.
Just for fun, check out the width of toilet paper. My hubby said that something is wrong with this roll. The roll had as many sheets but was not as wide as usual.
Even blog excerpts are getting shorter.
I buy sugar in 50 lb. bags ... they haven’t downsized. Got three of them stored for when TSHTF. It is one of those things that I haven’t figured out how to produce myself.
Even worse, stealth inflation !
Okay, seriously?? You lifted your blog word-for-word from this blog!
The last ‘big’ can of coffee I purchased at Walmart had dropped to 27.8 oz from a previous 34.7 oz.
The ‘large’ can used to be 48 oz or 3 pounds — 25 years ago.
Wait...you mean you can’t print prosperity?
I was noticing last summer.
Been keeping an eye out for when more size decrease/price increases hits, buying what I can store NOW. Been doing that for awhile.
Better yet, how about both of your blogs just linking to the Consumer Reports original article? Same info, but not filtered through your regurgiblog.
That was one of the items I noticed.
Not only are they making the sheet sizes smaller, the roll length is getting shorter too.
*or however low it currently is
yikes, thats a lot of sugar...:O) I live alone and it would take a year to go through that...Sugar was so high in price a decade or so ago, that restaurants wouldn’t even put in on the tables for about a year. Thats when I noticed 4 pound bags instead of 5 pound. It was quite a while ago, could have even been more than 10 years ago.
I’ve been noticing this for a number of years with coffee being the first. Product sizes have been shrinking. I am waiting for a dozen eggs to only contain 10.
>>Even blog excerpts are getting shorter.<<
Good for us with all the government regs. We can read the packaging specs and know what we are buying. Now we can make sensible decisions such as narrow with added length or wider with less length.
cottage cheese....the large size used to be 32oz....not...28oz...
Of course, they all started growing marijuana instead . . . .
This article mentions an average of $350 or so per month for groceries. Is that for one person? We spend about $1200 a month, serious, but that is for a couple of teen boys and four other people. Also we never eat out. I thought we were keeping it pretty low! Am I spending too much?
unit pricing is helpful....compare, compare...compare....the food giants have to learn that for most things we’ll go for the cheaper item...
Geez, I went throught this same thing during Jimmy Carter’s term...everything old is new again.
This has been going on for years. The really telling point for me was when they changed Ice Cream containers and the previous container was five quarts, but the new container is almost down to four quarts. But even the size of bread loaves has been adjusted downward. Another tactic is to reduce to near nothing any ingredient which is expensive (like real vanilla) and substitute an artifical copy (vanilla flavoring?... a chemical that just happens to taste like vanilla!). I noticed that one ten years ago, with frozen key lime pie.
Standard sidearm use to be .45 caliber. Now it's 9mm or .40 caliber! And, the guns cost more!
The only thing getting better are Obamas poll #s
Frankly I dont understand it.
It is like there is mass delusion going on.
Someone pass the SOMA....
Well I was only off by 25 years..at my age that’s close. Jimmy Carter stikes again, moonshiners sad..
IIRC, Walmart doesn't tolerate their suppliers making packages bigger while keeping the same or less amount of food inside. And a big part of Walmart's success probably has to do with them being one of the largest non-government users of technology in the world.
Campbell’s is ridiculous as of late.
They have more than quadrupled the price of some of the offerings.
Did you notice how the container industry has helped this by ‘innovating’ the new ‘handle stamped into the shape’ containers which reduce the volume for contents in measured amounts? I try to clip them back by making ‘cannisters’ out of the palstic popoff lid containers with built in handles. Keep my coffee beans in the original bag, but store then in the ‘Folgers’ handle cannister/container. I store pantry amounts of wheat and oat flour, sugar, cake flour, and two types of rice in these pop off plastic containers. If critters are a problem, place a sheet of clingy plastic wrap on top before closing the lid.
20 sodas in a case? Unamerican!
The kneepad wearing media whores are faking the popularity polls for barry the bastard. The fools want the Republic to fail so they can high five that they are so effective.
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