"Look out kid / They keep it all hid" -- Subterranean Homesick Blues
Some companies try to bluff their way past shoppers’ rip-off radar.
Mueller’s 25 percent downsize of its spaghetti packages, from a pound to 12 ounces, features a box design that flags its “NEW — 6 servings” quantity. Of course, that’s two fewer servings than the old box contained. Those classic stacks of Premium saltine crackers proved too easy to count when Nabisco tried marketing smaller packages, and consumers protested. So the company rolled out a line of round saltines, packed loose in a bag. -- Package size changes mask product price increases
"Sugar lost the fifth pound at least ten years ago. Hubby just now noticed this.
"Cereal boxes with less cereal, but packaged in taller---but narrower---cartons to make it look like we're getting more.
"And Kleenexes! Over a year ago, I noted that the small box that goes in our craft fair holder seemed smaller. Because I stockpile, I could go to the closet and compare it to a box purchased months before: yup . . . old one had 110 tissues, now we get 100. And the lotion ones went down to 70 count! But price is the same.
"Oh, and each Kleenex is also about 1/4" narrower all the way around; don't even get me started on how thin they've become.
"Tuna dropped two ounces about two years ago. And almost anything else in a 16-ounce package has shed 1-2 ounces and now weighs 14-15.2 oz." -- Comment Posted by: NeeNee toSide-Lines: "And what to my wondering eyes should appear but a 4 lb bag of sugar. "
"I'm waiting for the Obama dozen." -- Chuck.
Voila! The Obama Dozen: