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(The Consumerist)   The dreaded Grocery Shrink Ray strikes again, this time targeting children's cereal. Can anyone stop this insidious menace from destroying the trust of the American consumer?   (consumerist.com) divider line 86
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2013-02-26 10:40:26 AM
Shrink Ray?

This sounds like a job for BIIIIIIRRRRRDDDDMMMMANNNNN

/I'll TAKE THE CASE!
 
2013-02-26 10:48:15 AM
I can understand why cereal, chips and crackers may come in certain sizes like single serving of 2-3oz, med like 14oz and family size like 25 oz.  But I have never grasped why there are like 6 other sizes as well like 15.04oz and 19.07oz and 24.9oz and 32.78oz.

Seems like a lot of work to confuse those purchasing your product
 
2013-02-26 11:29:19 AM
You know what, The Consumerist?  Your contributor should get down on her knees and thank god that they changed the size of the Aldi brand "cereal" she was about to buy.  It will mean two less ounces of sugary poison with rat droppings and I'm going to say broken glass shards that the kid doesn't have to ingest because you're a terrible parent who makes terrible decisions like eating "cereal" from Aldi and contributing to The Consumerist.
 
2013-02-26 11:30:21 AM
this mysterious shrink ray is how food companies have hidden inflation from us for several years now.    Can't raise your prices? Sell smaller packages, charge same.

It may help us lose some weight
 
2013-02-26 11:33:30 AM

weiserfireman: this mysterious shrink ray is how food companies have hidden inflation from us for several years now.    Can't raise your prices? Sell smaller packages, charge same.

It may help us lose some weight


I tis not going to help us lose some weight. You have to reduce the amount of processed stuff you eat to make it work.
 
2013-02-26 11:34:10 AM
It's not like they hide the size of the box... there's also the 'unit price' clearly displayed.

You can thank inflation and bad gov't policies more than anything.
 
2013-02-26 11:34:51 AM
My "pound" of coffee knows that feel, bro...
 
2013-02-26 11:38:34 AM
I bought a 30oz  quart of mayo the other day. When did they change that?
 
2013-02-26 11:41:01 AM
Canned tuna went from 6.375 to 6.125 to 6.0 to 5.0 ounces.
 
2013-02-26 11:47:20 AM
Eventually companies will have to resort to Homeopathy to keep reducing the amount in the box.
 
2013-02-26 11:51:26 AM

xanadian: My "pound" of coffee knows that feel, bro...


As does my five pound bag of sugar which weighs 64 ounces.
 
2013-02-26 11:55:15 AM
This is a relief. I thought my hands were getting bigger or sumpin'.
 
2013-02-26 11:59:46 AM
weiserfireman


t Can't raise your prices? Sell smaller packages, charge same.


This exactly, consumers hate when prices are raised. It gives them the death by 1000 cuts feeling.
 
2013-02-26 12:00:36 PM
I like the way they shrink individual units of something, like a yogurt or string cheese.  Then the give you less, charge you more, by saying it only has X amount of calories.  Yes, because you gave me less product.
 
2013-02-26 12:03:17 PM
They started selling chips ahoy in family sized boxes.... should have been labeled "me size" FARK YEAH
 
2013-02-26 12:13:57 PM
The scam that I really hate is the "double roll" toilet paper BS. When double rolls first came out they were really double rolls and they barely fit on the toilet paper holder. Little by little they have gotten smaller and smaller and now they are pretty much the regular sized rolls from back in the day, the doubled price has stayed though. 18 bucks for Charmin  LOL   It's insane.
 
2013-02-26 12:19:25 PM
Remember when all other ice cream packaging dwarfed the size of Haagen Daz?   Now They're about the same size".

Edy's/Dryer's  used to be 1.75 quarts for years and years. Then it dropped to 1.5 quarts probably two years ago.  Then yesterday in the store I saw it again at 1 quart - the same exact size as Haagen Daz.  Of course,  the store must have forgot to change the price tags,  as the Edy's price has remained consistant through each of those sizes.


Same was true for spinach, where the packaging was 1/2 size, but the price remained unchanged.

The other fun thing supermarkets are doing, is that when the smaller packaging they put them on "sale" for a limited time, to keep the pricing consistent in what you pay for what you get, then they raise it back to normal pricing w/ smaller packages.
 
2013-02-26 12:20:19 PM
i listen to old radio show mp3's. a personal size bottle of asprin years ago was 6-12 tablets and the family size was 40 tablets. wiki says anacin had 50-100 pill in their family sized bottles but i know i've heard of smaller sizes for bayer in the 30's-50's. i know i've seen packs of 300-400 pain reliever tablets and maybe 500 for the walmart brand today.
 
2013-02-26 12:26:26 PM

wiseolddude: Canned tuna went from 6.375 to 6.125 to 6.0 to 5.0 ounces.


Old folks know that there used to be 7 oz. in the same sized can. Anyone remember nickle candy bars that were 2+ ounces? I do.

Fiat money has no intrinsic value, so no surprise that it erodes. As a home owner (7 in forty years) inflation is my friend. The mortgage numbers are fixed, but the dollar price increases (most years). This transfers real value into my pocket.
 
2013-02-26 12:29:16 PM
They got my box of raisins a few months ago. From 24 to 20 ounces! How dare they!
 
2013-02-26 12:38:38 PM

sandi_fish: I like the way they shrink individual units of something, like a yogurt or string cheese.  Then the give you less, charge you more, by saying it only has X amount of calories.  Yes, because you gave me less product.


Look at the label of Low Calorie/Low Sugar juice.  I wonder how they kept the same serving size, cut the sugar and calories exactly in half, and made it taste watery compared to 100% juice?

//Hence why my wife buys regular and mixes it 50/50 with water.  I mix it 50/50 with vodka.  I win.
 
2013-02-26 12:39:14 PM
How about you feed your kid a real breakfast instead of oversugared cereal?
 
2013-02-26 12:42:23 PM

MugzyBrown: It's not like they hide the size of the box... there's also the 'unit price' clearly displayed.

You can thank inflation and bad gov't policies more than anything.


Actually, grocery stores are making bank right now. People are accepting the price increases at regular grocery stores. On the flip side, Aldi and Trader Joes are selling the same exact thing for 1/3 to 12/ the price - and even those sellers are showing outstanding profits.
 
2013-02-26 12:44:52 PM

weiserfireman: this mysterious shrink ray is how food companies have hidden inflation from us for several years now.    Can't raise your prices? Sell smaller packages, charge same.


It happens with candy bars, too...
 
2013-02-26 12:48:30 PM
After 9 decades of a modern consumer economy, Americans are still confused by how marketing works.

Film at 11.
 
2013-02-26 12:48:54 PM
Consumerist, you ignorant slut. English is read left-to-right. So when you place the smaller 12.5 oz package on the left and the bigger 14 oz package on the right, it appears as if the peanut butter cereal is actually increasing in weight.
 
2013-02-26 12:54:40 PM
fresh fruit and veggies are still reasonably priced...as are most unprocessed meats if you consider ground beef to be processed.
I spend less than 200/month not buying processed crap. That feeds me, my girlfriend a lot of the time, and my sister some of the time.

/the trick is to get into the kitchen and learn how to make food from scratch..
 
2013-02-26 12:59:38 PM

madgonad: Actually, grocery stores are making bank right now. People are accepting the price increases at regular grocery stores. On the flip side, Aldi and Trader Joes are selling the same exact thing for 1/3 to 12/ the price - and even those sellers are showing outstanding profits.


Most grocery stores operate on ultra-thin margins.
 
2013-02-26 01:09:53 PM
I wonder what Randy Taylor has to say about this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4RNb3tt0LM
 
2013-02-26 01:13:27 PM

Boxcutta: You know what, The Consumerist?  Your contributor should get down on her knees and thank god that they changed the size of the Aldi brand "cereal" she was about to buy.  It will mean two less ounces of sugary poison with rat droppings and I'm going to say broken glass shards that the kid doesn't have to ingest because you're a terrible parent who makes terrible decisions like eating "cereal" from Aldi and contributing to The Consumerist.


Target is way worse:

dailypicksandflicks.com
 
2013-02-26 01:15:34 PM
it really does make sense, silly rabbits!

give the little people less, and charge them more.

that way, the Owners (stock holders and company brass cocks) can laugh all the way to the bank!

see, its Good for Business!!
 
2013-02-26 01:16:31 PM

Xaneidolon: I bought a 30oz  quart of mayo the other day. When did they change that?


you'd better buy another one before it becomes 27 oz.
 
2013-02-26 01:17:33 PM
the only things getting larger in America are the wealthy/corporate bank accounts and their Egos.
 
2013-02-26 01:18:17 PM
but how about the Schooner Tuna ?
 
2013-02-26 01:18:46 PM

MugzyBrown: madgonad: Actually, grocery stores are making bank right now. People are accepting the price increases at regular grocery stores. On the flip side, Aldi and Trader Joes are selling the same exact thing for 1/3 to 12/ the price - and even those sellers are showing outstanding profits.

Most grocery stores operate on ultra-thin margins.



and the stock holders can barely make ends meet.....

nice one.   lol
 
2013-02-26 01:20:33 PM

Endive Wombat: I can understand why cereal, chips and crackers may come in certain sizes like single serving of 2-3oz, med like 14oz and family size like 25 oz.  But I have never grasped why there are like 6 other sizes as well like 15.04oz and 19.07oz and 24.9oz and 32.78oz.

Seems like a lot of work to confuse those purchasing your product


My grocery store marks the price per ounce next to cost of the full product. Are there stores that dont do this?
 
2013-02-26 01:22:17 PM

starlost: i listen to old radio show mp3's. a personal size bottle of asprin years ago was 6-12 tablets and the family size was 40 tablets. wiki says anacin had 50-100 pill in their family sized bottles but i know i've heard of smaller sizes for bayer in the 30's-50's. i know i've seen packs of 300-400 pain reliever tablets and maybe 500 for the walmart brand today.


Please cut back on the sugary cereals.
 
2013-02-26 01:29:51 PM

Linux_Yes: and the stock holders can barely make ends meet.....

nice one. lol


Grocery stores average about a penny per dollar in profit.

I know they're real jerks.
 
2013-02-26 01:48:57 PM
Same thing happening with soda.  The 2 liter bottles are giving way to 1.5 or 1 liter bottles (at prices the 2 liter bottles used to be).

Other backhanded thing some stores do is pricing things x / $ in the hopes some of the dimmer shoppers think they're getting a "deal".

If your regular cat food price is 5/$3, just say 60 cents per can and be done with it.
 
2013-02-26 01:49:25 PM

MyRandomName: Endive Wombat: I can understand why cereal, chips and crackers may come in certain sizes like single serving of 2-3oz, med like 14oz and family size like 25 oz.  But I have never grasped why there are like 6 other sizes as well like 15.04oz and 19.07oz and 24.9oz and 32.78oz.

Seems like a lot of work to confuse those purchasing your product

My grocery store marks the price per ounce next to cost of the full product. Are there stores that dont do this?


I know the target near me does not give you the per unit/oz breakdown.  My Kroger does this and I am thankful for it.  Although it can still cause people to spend more money if they end up buying more than they actually need.  Yes, it may be cheaper per unit to buy the 100oz jar of jelly vs. the 8 oz jar, but if you don't eat jelly that much and throw out 75 oz. of moldy jelly, you still spend more.

My pet peeve is the 10 for $10 sales when they will still sell you one for $1.
 
2013-02-26 02:02:58 PM

NuttierThanEver: Shrink Ray?

This sounds like a job for BIIIIIIRRRRRDDDDMMMMANNNNN

/I'll TAKE THE CASE!


A modicum is a very small amount.
 
2013-02-26 02:12:27 PM
Meanwhile Clorox is releasing smaller bleach bottle sizes for all their brands since they have a new "Concentrated" formula.

Bullshiat. Tide and Gain did the same thing years back, and are now pushing the "Pods" individual packets. How small are groceries going to get until they _have_ to raise prices? This all reeks of desperation.
 
2013-02-26 02:26:06 PM
natazha: ... Anyone remember nickle candy bars that were 2+ ounces? I do.

Remember 'em? Hell, I ate two or three of them for lunch some days.

/Thank god we had PE back in those days
 
2013-02-26 02:46:23 PM

MugzyBrown: Linux_Yes: and the stock holders can barely make ends meet.....

nice one. lol

Grocery stores average about a penny per dollar in profit.

I know they're real jerks.


yea, maybe the Stores.  but the way milk, and meat, etc industries jack their prices up over the span of weeks lets me know they are doing quite well these days.

when ever i hear a large company talk about 'tightening belts' and 'its tough out there' and 'the competition is killing us', i only have to remember reading 6 months later about these same companies lavishing their brass with big year end bonuses to realize they are full of red, white, and blue poop.

but believe what you want.  after all, we are in the 'land of the free'.
 
2013-02-26 02:47:55 PM

MugzyBrown: Linux



and when gasoline prices went down recently, i don't remember milk, etc following.  weird, huh?
 
2013-02-26 02:49:03 PM
sandi_fish : I like the way they shrink individual units of something, like a yogurt or string cheese.

Ritz crackers now sells crackers where the size of the column is 1/2 the size of a regular ritz column.

Which works out well for me, because I usually eat 1/2 a column with port wine, or some smoked ham and cheese.

The problem.

1) The amount in a 1/2 column stack isn't a multiple of four (I break a slice off of the cheddar block into four pieces to make four little ritz sandwiches).

2) The 1/2 column boxes of ritz have a much higher unit price (way more than the packaging should entail).

3) The 1/2 column boxes has fewer ritz overall than the traditional 4x1 column box.
 
2013-02-26 02:49:06 PM
its the new math.  fuzzy math.

one quart = 30 oz.
 
2013-02-26 03:31:37 PM

Linux_Yes: its the new math.  fuzzy math.

one quart = 30 oz.


That's the part that pisses me off. I don't mind if your stupid box of cereal is 20oz or 24oz or wtfever. I care that the HALF GALLON contains 1.5qts. That shiat just ain't right. If I buy a pound of pasta, I have to double check that the bag says 16oz, and not 12oz or 10oz. HOW THE fark CAN YOU SELL 12oz PINTS?  But if you labeled the product as a 12oz beer I wouldn't have a problem with it. The units of measure are being abused. I don't mind attempting to sell me less of a thing for a higher price. Nobody's trying to sell me 3 eggs and call it a dozen. Yet this is exactly what they're doing with the other items in the grocery mart.
 
2013-02-26 03:40:21 PM

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: I care that the HALF GALLON contains 1.5qts. That shiat just ain't right.


I am just under the impression that what was a "Half Gallon" is now 1.5qts.   Is there any examples where someone calls something a "Half Gallon" and it isn't really 2 quarts?

Being mad about the "size" that was a Half Gallon being 1.5 quarts now you can get mad about, but, unless I am missing something, other than not "announcing" shrinkage (obviously), they aren't trying to say a "1/2 gallon" is "1.5 quarts".
 
2013-02-26 04:09:01 PM
Laughs at your shrink ray:

www.passionforsavings.com
 
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