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Vanity Post (Now with 2 extra scoops!)
Bi Lo grocery store | August 31, 2013 | self

Posted on 08/31/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT by Rodamala

Food packaging and pricing... we all know the game... breakfast cereals, orange juice, candy bars, coffee, ice cream... they kept the price the same and shrank the packaging and reduced the amount you purchased...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: foodpackaging; icecream; rant; vanity
I do recall out west on a recent business trip that one ice cream manufacturer, perhaps Blue Bell, proudly proclaimed on their package "Still a 1/2 gallon!"... but yesterday in my local grocery store back in PA, I saw that Breyer's ice cream (which is apparently the east coast name brand for Dreyer's), has changed their packaging, raising the volume of product from it's reduced 1.5 quarts to 1.75 quarts.

The packaging now claims, "Now with two extra scoops!".

I just have to laugh... American consumers are just so stupid. I mean it would be like the 2012 elections... "Obama-Biden 2012: More liberal agenda in every executive action!"... and the voters eat it up.

Can we please get 1/2 gallon packages of ice cream? Oh and while I am asking, can we please get electable conservatives to represent us in Washington D.C.?

Anyways... blah blah blah.

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1 posted on 08/31/2013 3:58:13 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

American consumers are just so stupid.

They vote also.


2 posted on 08/31/2013 4:00:02 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Rodamala

I love when the package says “10% more” and it’s the same ounces as the ‘smaller’ version.


3 posted on 08/31/2013 4:05:36 PM PDT by svcw (Stand or die)
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To: Rodamala

It is the same mentality that puts carbon dioxide sensors in a freezer that contains dry ice...and then not understanding why the alarm goes off.
“But the salesman said...!”


4 posted on 08/31/2013 4:07:04 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare
It is the same mentality that puts carbon dioxide sensors in a freezer that contains dry ice...and then not understanding why the alarm goes off.

Good point, and it's why I keep two CO2 sensors in my freezer, with differing sensitivities. This way, even when I am storing dry ice in my freezer, I have a good idea of the overall CO2 levels. The last thing I want is the the warming effect of CO2 in my freezer.
5 posted on 08/31/2013 4:19:49 PM PDT by golux
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The last thing I want is the the warming effect of CO2 in my freezer.

I must confess you had me right up to there....

6 posted on 08/31/2013 4:24:03 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Uncle Miltie: Obama poisoned race relations for a generation. Everything is racial now.)
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To: golux

Yeah, gotta be careful that it doesn’t melt all your ice.
/ snicker.

Actual event though.
Carbon dioxide sensors in the dry ice storage.
Even better, a bunch of alarms not related to the freezer are attached to that alarm.
So a minor “nothing alarm” comes in as a serious alarm.
Insanity.


7 posted on 08/31/2013 4:27:37 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Rodamala

They have done the same with many products, including coffee.

I can remember a time when the ‘large’ can of coffee was 3-pounds (48 ounces). Over the years, they have removed a few ounces, while keeping the container about the same size. Now, only a few stores have a large can in the 34 ounce range, but many have their largest can at around 27 ounces.

With other foods, I have noticed significantly more liquid before getting to the actual content.


8 posted on 08/31/2013 4:41:58 PM PDT by TomGuy (.)
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To: Rodamala

Reminds me of Crystal White dish washing soap. It came in a straight sided plastic bottle for years, then they took out almost 1/4 of it and put it in a bottle with a narrow middle, then announced, NOW IN AN EASY TO GRIP BOTTLE!

Of course, the price was the same as the larger bottle.


9 posted on 08/31/2013 5:07:27 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: TomGuy

Try finding an actual pound of coffee. The only way to know the actual cost is to keep track of the unit price. Although I noticed CVS has a cute trick. Instead of listing the unit price for coffee by the pound , they now list it by the ounce.


10 posted on 08/31/2013 5:10:40 PM PDT by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
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To: Rodamala

I have a 10 pack bar of Ivory soap purchased three years ago. It is at least three times larger than the current 10 pack. I am keeping it around as proof.

(need to take a photo)


11 posted on 08/31/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT by madison10
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To: madison10
Same here... but I have not bought new stock... I buy homemade soap from the cute girl at the farmer's market instead.

Here is a photo I just snapped of my "New Old Stock" Ivory soap from 2009 or 2010. 3 bars out of 10 are left. 4.5 oz. bars


12 posted on 08/31/2013 5:38:03 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Coupons used to take the edge off some of this, but the offerings in the Sunday paper (I only pick it up for the coupon inserts) are less and less worthwhile.

I’m off to the wholesale club with a list for myself and other family members next week. The “downsizing” of packaging is often evident there, too.

And wait until the “less for more” trend hits our health care system in earnest next year! Whee!


13 posted on 08/31/2013 5:42:11 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: Rodamala

The one that actually made me angry was when I bought a new pack of toilet paper before I used up the old one, and saw that the new pack (two rolls high) was two inches shorter than the old one.


14 posted on 08/31/2013 6:55:52 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: RedStateGuyTrappedinCT
Any shopping trip I would make for groceries for the household included 30 minutes a week of checking the weekly coupon inserts, 30 minutes of list development, 15 minutes of checking the weekly circulars for Shoprite and A&P... then the trip... (it's the best part).

I would have my reusable bags because I was overloaded with plastic and paper grocery hags at home, my coupon and raincheck organizer, and very very important... a calculator. Best unit price with acceptable quality won my consumer dollar.

Coffee procurement was an art. Mom and I both knew the best coffee value and taste was and still is 8 O'Clock Whole Bean, Dark Italian Roast.

A&P would have BOGO sales on the large bags and so on the last day of the sale, I would make a stop at A&P. Because they didn't stock enough every time they had the sale, I could get rainchecks at the sale price... to use any time... and of course when I did buy it was with coupons on top of the sale price... and the register would spit out more coupons. I would be like Quagmire finding a bound and gagged cheerleader in a men's room bathroom stall at the high school.

Dear Diary, Jackpot!

I have pictures on my old phone of 8 of these 34.5 oz. bags lined up on the counter about to go into the chest freezer. It was something like $110 of coffee I would get for $48. That's $2.78/#... for the best G-d damned coffee on the planet.

Anyways... yeah... take a calculator to the store.

15 posted on 08/31/2013 6:59:50 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

There is also blatantly contradictory labeling. My child’s playdoh on one side says ‘Non Toxic’ but on the other side says ‘Made In China.” Which is it?


16 posted on 08/31/2013 7:18:29 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: wolfpat
I've heard this before... here. Toilet paper is so subjective in a macroeconomic sense. I can never understand how there could be a market for 2 ply, quilted, scented, lotioned, left-handed (you know, they wind the spools backward on the tube... heh) toilet paper.

It's toilet paper for cryin' out loud.

I stick with basic Scott in the giant packages always buying on sale with coups. Come to think of it... I do recall the rolls changing size... but it was width, not height. It changed how I would store them in a closet.

17 posted on 08/31/2013 7:20:30 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: posterchild

You know what is great about this country? Well one of them... is that we, as consumers are allowed to make educated choices about the products we consume or services we solicit. I mean take a look at how we have free choice in an open and fair marketplace in how we might secure health care services or insurance for care... oh, wait... nevermind.

It’s sad to consider that cases of Ding Dong Pla Doh can be loaded onto a container, trucked to a port, shipped halfway across the planet on a boat, transloaded to a flatcar... hauled across the country by rail, unloaded to a truck, taken to a warehouse facility, reloaded onto a truck and taken to a store cheaper than just making it domesticly.


18 posted on 08/31/2013 7:41:01 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala

Target sometimes has exceptional buys on scott tp every once in a while.


19 posted on 08/31/2013 7:54:37 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: Rodamala

At least it has been a long time since they changed the size of the whisky bottles from the standard fifth (4/5 quart or 757 ml) to the metric fifth (750 ml). Not much else that hasn’t changed except for gas is still sold by the gallon no matter how hard they tried to push the metric system on us. They just took the lead out and raised the prices. Yea, I’m still mad about that.


20 posted on 08/31/2013 9:38:23 PM PDT by eggman (End the Obama occupation of the White House!)
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I don’t buy “store milk”, but instead half gallon glass bottles of raw milk from the local dairy. I did notice in the store that the “1 gallon” plastic milk containers look “different”. They haven’t gotten to milk, have they?


21 posted on 08/31/2013 10:32:07 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Rodamala
My favorite one is the plastic jars of peanut butter or mayonnaise etc.

The jars look exactly the same size but they put a huge dimple in the bottom so you are getting an ounce or two less but charge you the same price or more.

Also notice cans of tuna fish will be packed with more water or oil but less fish.

And bags of Lays potato chips and such will have the same size bag but have much less in them. I have an old pic of my moms kitchen that had a brand new bag of chips and it said in Bold Letters "One Pound Bag". I got a new bag of chips and set it in the same place in the kitchen. Same size bag but waaaaay short of a pound.

Also noticed that two liter pop like Pepsi and such used to be available all of the time for a buck. Now you have to wait for a special sale BUT you can get a 1.5 liter bottle for a buck now. (I don't remember seeing these much until lately.)

22 posted on 08/31/2013 10:48:03 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Rodamala

I buy almost all my household goods at Dollar Tree. Everythig is 1$. I figure I’m not getting screwed over too bad this way.


23 posted on 08/31/2013 11:06:01 PM PDT by LongWayHome
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To: Rodamala
Overall I'm a frugal person and I'm careful with how I spend my money but when it comes to groceries, I prefer to pay more and get the best. I go to the butcher shop for meat, the fish market for fish and to Whole Foods for produce, nuts, yogurts, eggs, etc.

I haven't had a box of processed cereal or a frozen food entree in my house for years. So they can change and shrink the packaging all they want because I'm not buying it.

It does mean grocery shopping several times a week because I'm buying mostly fresh food with short shelf life.

90% of what you find in a conventional supermarket is crap. And generally speaking, if they are offering coupons for it in newspaper flyers, you don't want to put that stuff on your kitchen table.

24 posted on 09/01/2013 1:52:33 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: Rodamala
Overall I'm a frugal person and I'm careful with how I spend my money but when it comes to groceries, I prefer to pay more and get the best. I go to the butcher shop for meat, the fish market for fish and to Whole Foods for produce, nuts, yogurts, eggs, etc.

I haven't had a box of processed cereal or a frozen food entree in my house for years. So they can change and shrink the packaging all they want because I'm not buying it.

It does mean grocery shopping several times a week because I'm buying mostly fresh food with short shelf life.

90% of what you find in a conventional supermarket is crap. And generally speaking, if they are offering coupons for it in newspaper flyers, you don't want to put that stuff on your kitchen table.

25 posted on 09/01/2013 1:52:34 AM PDT by SamAdams76
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