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Monday, 23 November 2009 02:55
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Shrinking Groceries: 9 Foods
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Tuna Fish: Less Fish
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Sausage: The Other Light Meat
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Yogurt: Healthier and Lighter
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Sausage: The Other Light Meat


    Pick up some Farmer John sausage and you are in for a treat. They must have your waistline in mind because they’ve cut 25% of the calories out. Lower fat content? Nope, they just decide that a pound should weigh 12 ounces. Its real hard to justify price points on meat since most of us are used to paying by the pound. Perhaps the Deli should take good ole Farmer John's lead and start bulking up the paper that they wrap the meat in.

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    cschutt  - Cereal |2011-07-21 07:06:45
    Has anyone noticed how small that the cereal boxes are getting? I have learned to make my own granola and it's great. Using oats, a bit of brown sugar, honey and oil, I make more granola than what they charge 3.99 for at the store and mine is better. When my kids were small, I refused to pay more than 2.00 for a box of cereal. I am glad they are all grown now because my sons could probably eat a whole box now of his favorite since the boxes are so small. Watch out for cereal!
    Gino Sitkoski  - It's Getting Worse |2011-03-22 20:19:39
    The list is just about as long as there are brands in the grocery store. From a pound of bacon that weighs in at 12 oz. (though the price is significantly higher than the pound price), to a favorite that I now refuse to purchase; Oreo Cookies. The price of the old package gradually grew to the point where it was almost necessary to take out a loan to buy it. Now, the package is much smaller (I don't know exact sizes any longer as I simply walk by shaking my head in disgust), but the price is the same and often higher. Sometimes it is displayed as a "SPECIAL", with the price of the old package and the new, tiny size on the shelf.

    I'm glad to find that others are seeing this too. Do they really believe they are fooling us all? Is there no limit to "corporate greed"? What can we, as consumers, actually do?

    One more question. Most of us buy eggs. The standard is "Grade A Large". Is it legal to sell pigeon eggs? That is the only way "Grade A Large" can be considered large!
    Jane |2010-11-28 20:58:59
    Yeah, the tuna fish.....hmmmmmmm. Now that it's 5 oz.....they (the supermarket chains) didn't bother to put on the store brand of "tuna helper" that you would be using a 5 oz. can.....they still have the ingredients listed as using a 6 oz. can! I called Fry's main office and they couldn't even answer my query on that!
    Numbers Game  - Friendly's Ice Cream |2010-07-23 10:23:44
    I've noticed that Friendly's Ice Cream has so much air in it, that you can take a mouthful of it, crush it with your tongue, and get a bite size piece of ice cream. If you pump it full of air, it makes 1.5 quarts of ice cream a lot ligher.
    debbie |2010-06-12 17:28:44
    I wonder if someone out there is working on tracking down the original butcher with the heavy thumb, and presenting him with a posthumous achievement award for his innovative technique.
    Just Me  - Trop 50 |2010-06-11 12:30:49
    Has anyone tried trop 50, its not only half the sugar, its half the juice! Its 50 percent water sold at the regular juice price!
    Jason  - Toilet Paper |2010-06-11 10:39:21
    Quilted Northern toilet paper pulled a dirty little trick. Instead of less sheets on a roll, they narrowed the whole roll. They can still say it's got the same number of sheets and is the same "length" as the old rolls, but the overall square footage is lower. I noticed when I replaced an old roll and it seemed too small for the holder. I compared the cardboard rolls and the new ones are about 1/2" thinner (lengthwise).
    One Sunny Acre  - Toilet Paper |2010-06-14 20:52:18
    I've noticed that with Scott tissue as well. First they narrowed the roll, then recently they also shortened the length of one sheet. It's already as thin as all get out--come on! :P
    Carole  - Bigger cardboard rolls inside |2010-07-24 11:00:44
    I also noticed that the cardboard roll inside the roll of some toilet paper getting larger in diameter.
    TCR  - Another odd profit maximizing technique... |2010-06-11 05:01:38
    I'm just as concerned about websites that ask the user to click through 9 page when it could all be loaded on one. Sheesh.
    Anon  - agreed |2010-06-11 07:21:16
    If you visit 9 pages you can load a single AD 9 times, or 9 different ADs. Like you said Maximize profits.
    Anonymous |2010-06-11 08:23:39
    Or you could look to the side bar on the right and click "All pages" tada!
    Donna  - The evil "Grocery Shrink Ray"! |2010-05-20 08:31:47
    When an item mysteriously rises in price, seemingly overnight, BUT shrinks in size, the "scientific" term for it is that it has been zapped by the "Grocery
    Shrink Ray"!
    uponfurtherReview  - Other Reductions - Cottonelle |2010-05-18 09:39:53
    Kimberly Clark and their Cottonelle Bath Tissue is another example of deceptive price increases.

    They've reduced their double roll from 305 sheets to 260 but naturally they don't provide notice of that on their packaging.

    Companies like this that play this game of deception show a complete disrespect of consumers and don't deserve our business
    Omiewon  - And of course the problem is.... |2010-05-20 13:06:12
    That virtually every food producer is doing this. You still have a choice in some categories and thankfully they haven't tried to make the marketing department convince us that 10 eggs is the new dozen because you'll get just as much egg!

    mjs  - another method of fooling customers |2010-06-02 20:22:28
    Unilever bought Ben and Jerry's (ice cream) in 2000. They didn't change the name or the packaging, but they did change the ingredients - among other things. [Ref:].
    dc2837998  - or maybe... |2012-01-24 08:45:44
    its a conspiracy theory to get us to consume the pounds roll off, eh ?
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