do you notice skims?

 

I knew casinos did it, but today, I was looking at online groceries (never used them before), and orange juice is now 52 oz.?

I knew of course it was 64 oz. almost my entire life, then reduced to 59, but now 52?

When will we as Americans push back? Certainly we shouldn't be taken advantage of just for having poor math skills!

Routinely, say at Walmart, a 1.5l bottle of cooking oil, costs less per unit price than a gallon.

Ever see a 3/4 gal bottle of bleach? It's crazy imho

Simple

If you do not like something do without and do not buy it !

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more likely

since things are interrelated it's more like if you had your ski poles stolen, you steal someone else's, and it sets off a chain reaction, until someone decides ah shucks I'll buy a new set.

Your repsonse

Marketing!

Manufacturers notice that the public will slow down their purchases if the price increases. SO, instead of increasing the price, they lower the quantity and hold the price, all in hopes the public don't notice!

You need to get out more often!

johnnatash4 wrote:

I knew casinos did it, but today, I was looking at online groceries (never used them before), and orange juice is now 52 oz.?

I knew of course it was 64 oz. almost my entire life, then reduced to 59, but now 52?

When will we as Americans push back? Certainly we shouldn't be taken advantage of just for having poor math skills!

Routinely, say at Walmart, a 1.5l bottle of cooking oil, costs less per unit price than a gallon.

Ever see a 3/4 gal bottle of bleach? It's crazy imho

A 1/2 gallon of ice cream has been 1-1/2 quarts for years. Tuna fish cans have been 5+ ounces instead of 8 ounces for years.

A pound of coffee these days seems to be around 12 ounces.

Must be the math the kids are taught in school today.

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John from PA

Remember the 1 Pound Coffee Can

I think some are 10oz now, which would be OK if. But for some reason the package size grows or stays same size and they give you "Free Air" at no extra charge!

Speaking of coffee package size ...

I buy my coffee beans at the Dunkin store (they also have ground coffee if you don't have your own grinder). They still sell full 16 oz bags, while the Dunkin coffee bags you get at the grocery store are only 12 oz. Also, if you buy 3 one pound bags at Dunkin for $20, you get a 4th bag for free ... much less expensive than buying it at the grocery. I just bought 4# today at the Dunkin drive thru.

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It's not the math

Years ago when the price of coffee went up dramatically, the major coffee brands reduced the weight of their bags of coffee so that the new higher price wouldn't seem so bad. Other food companies copied the strategy. 8 O"Clock coffee used to be in a 1 pound bag (16 ounces), now it's down to 12 ounces. They're using a little psychology, but it hasn't gone unnoticed by most of us. "You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

As for the price per unit being lower for a smaller bottle or package, that has to do with volume. The more you make of one size, the cheaper it gets. Plus, stores often lower the price of convenient sizes as "Price Leaders", hoping that the customer buys the larger size thinking that the price is the same per unit when it is not.

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Tuna fish too

Used to be 7 ounces cans, and they slowly shrunk to the 5 ounces of today.

Glad I'm not the only one paying attention

mr55 wrote:

Manufacturers notice that the public will slow down their purchases if the price increases. SO, instead of increasing the price, they lower the quantity and hold the price, all in hopes the public don't notice!

I use an app for my shopping list. Since I'm a bit OCD, I have a list of things we routinely buy described by item, size and price. I've seen the gradual shift to smaller quantities for the same price. In some cases, the package is physically the same size, just not as many ounces. At least that jug of milk still appears to be 1 gallon.

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the best

is when 2 different sizes are on the shelf, and the units are different on the tag for comparison.

Just ran to our cupboards to look at pasta--like bacon, some packages are 12 oz., but most are 16 oz hahahahahahahaha

Bacon is a good one when the package is 12 oz. Let's be very honest, we are used to dealing with meat by the pound. I'm not even that old haha We don't deal in 3/4 pound

You just reminded me

johnnatash4 wrote:

Bacon is a good one when the package is 12 oz. Let's be very honest, we are used to dealing with meat by the pound. I'm not even that old haha We don't deal in 3/4 pound

Since I spend the winter in Mexico I am used to buy bacon by a 1/2 kilo, a tad more than a US pound. My thinking was it's about the same price we pay at home but forgetting we don't get 1 lb packages anymore!

BTW: Mexican bacon is so lean you need to add butter in the frying pan so it doesn't stick to the pan!

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First time I noticed it was

First time I noticed it was a long time ago, a coffee can seemed slightly smaller, looking at the oz I found it was 12 not the 16 it used to be, but magically still made the same amount of cups of coffee..

Everything has done it now it seems.

Some are even tricky about, for instance a snickers bar, package is the same size BUT now there are two pieces inside instead of one larger one. Some will tell you that the product is 'new and improved' in reality it's smaller but the price is the same so if you regularly shop for that item you might not notice.

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Orange juice drinkers are getting squeezed...

Tropicana orange juice used to come in a 96-ounce jug but was downsized to 89.

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John from PA

Toilet Paper

A couple of months ago, my neighbor was complaining toilet paper rolls are smaller and there aren't as many sheets yet the price is the same.

He said he used to use two sheets each time but now will use only one (lol).

Many companies have been doing this for decades.

On many products. Lowering the amount of product and maintaining the same price is a price increase which many don't even realize.

If you are old enough (as I

If you are old enough (as I am) to remember the "nickel candy bar" you will appreciate this: https://www.candywrapperarchive.com/candy-collector/candy-pr...

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amazon

I wanted to get Listerine online, as I see it going down down down in my bathroom.

Great, they had a buy 3 get $5 off deal, so I got 3.

Then 500ml grabbed me, so I went to see what's in the bathroom. 1.5l.

Check some more--amazon sells 500 ml for $5.24, 1l for $5.37.

the liter for $5.37 also has buy 3, get $5.

I totally get that we live in a day and age of caveat emptor, but how about having vendors we can trust instead of having to double check them all the time?

And yes, I own amzn stock and it's done very well recently--it's not even down due to the pandemic.

that begs another question--are shareholders first, customers second? In many cases yes.

caveat emptor

johnnatash4 wrote:

I wanted to get Listerine online, as I see it going down down down in my bathroom.

Great, they had a buy 3 get $5 off deal, so I got 3.

Then 500ml grabbed me, so I went to see what's in the bathroom. 1.5l.

Check some more--amazon sells 500 ml for $5.24, 1l for $5.37.

the liter for $5.37 also has buy 3, get $5.

I totally get that we live in a day and age of caveat emptor, but how about having vendors we can trust instead of having to double check them all the time?

And yes, I own amzn stock and it's done very well recently--it's not even down due to the pandemic.

that begs another question--are shareholders first, customers second? In many cases yes.

I don't see it as an issue of trust.

In my neighborhood I can go to the local CVS, Giant, Acme, Walgreens and Walmart and they will all have a different price for the same item & size. All I have to do to get the best price is look at their respective circulars.

The way I see it, Amazon is like a neighborhood of stores under one roof. I have to thumb through a few pages to get the best deal, or I can be satisfied with the first store I come across.

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Toilet paper

The toilet paper companies add patterns and loft to "add softness" but it really makes the paper thicker so you don't notice a 250 count roll is the same size as the old 500 count roll.
Costco tries at least with 425 sheets per roll, you'll notice it's a real squeeze on most roll holders.