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Posted by: Pirate

12 - 09/06/13 06:33 AM

Way back when I was in grade school we were taught standard weights and measurements...like a foot is 12 inches, it takes 12 to make a dozen, a yard is 36 inches...and a pound is 16 ounces....some where along the way things changed for the pound...got a pound of bacon lately...it is 12 ounces, a full quarter pound lighter than the pound of bacon of yesteryear....can of Spam..use to be 16oz...now 12 oz...pound of dried beans..12 oz.....did someone change the standards while I was sleeping
Posted by: John Rougeux

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 10:24 AM

Does it actually say "1lb" on the package?
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 10:29 AM

A half gallon of ice cream is also several ounces short. I remember when Breyer's, which is what we get, did that. There was no notice, just a new kind of container. It's marked as 1.75 quarts, but on the shelf it takes up the space that the old half gallon took up, and in effect is sold as if it were a half gallon.
Posted by: Pirate

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 11:14 AM

In very small font, same size package as one lb. just shy 4 oz.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 11:53 AM


I noticed it (maybe 5-7?) years ago **

as far as I remember
it started with COFFEE mad
...one of Life's 'STAPLES'...

then pasta went - brand by brand smirk
....since then, it's become pervasive.

Take your tri-focals along when marketing and
Learn to Comparison-Shop using UNIT PRICE TAGS
On Shelves to QWIK COMPARE Prices Per Ounce by Brand.

** Same GREEDY Capitalistic BS as putting the least expensive
brands out-of-reach, placing CANDY at eye-level with kids
in shopping carts, & impulse items next to the checkout
Moving items to the End of the Aisle... giving one the
(mistaken) impression that the item is on sale.

...OH...
And MY FAVORITE! .99 to psych you into
thinking everything "IS LESS THAN A DOLLAR"

Doano about anyone else, but when I buy an
item for $499.99 I feel like bouncing the friggin'
PENNY off the back of the f'n manager's head! mad

At least a dozen more "Tricks" to increase PROFIT
and see families struggling to make ends meet
a little poorer for the shopping experience.

"THANK YOU --- PLEASE COME AGAIN" grin
Posted by: MrB

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 12:51 PM

You are so right. The prices increased and the containers shrunk. I think it was most noticeable , first, with coffee. I can remember when I bought ground coffee. I haven't bought ground coffee in about 15 years. But even before that I could buy a 3LB can f coffee. Then the can became 36 ounces. Now I think it's 34 or so. A long way from a 48 oz can of 3 LB

Same with vegetable can sizes,. Used to be 16 oz now it 15 or less. Soup cans are 11 oz.

Also I some packaging . Like cereal they have kept the same box but just leave the space empty. Or some bacon packaging. Used to show the bacon through the wrapper, now in some the have a picture f bacon on the front showing great looking, meaty bacon. On the inside, little meat, just fat.

I think itwas last year, I took a box of Weaties, took the amount of wheat in the box and calculated the amount the wheat farmer received at current prices for that wheat in that box. Very little.

All about packaging

Dave
Posted by: Jim_

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 02:40 PM

Packages get smaller, yet I get bigger. What's up with that? grin
Posted by: Celandine

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 03:20 PM


...because the ingredients have also changed.

Lots of "stuff" like GM Engineered CORN SYRUP
and GM SOY, GM RAPE Seed Oil(CANOLA),Starches,
"Fillers"and Hydrogenated Fats, that our body
never evolved to recognize as "FOOD".

What they're passing off as food these days
is downright scary! We're walking time-bombs. eek


there..now aren't you glad you'd asked? crazy
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 04:29 PM

Ya.. as time goes by... my package gets smaller too. Shame.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 05:23 PM



indeed frown
Posted by: yoyo52

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 05:57 PM

Think of the alternative and praise the lord.

Posted by: Celandine

Re: 12 - 09/06/13 10:38 PM


Zat the guy
that used to lug'em around in a Milk-Crate? eek
Posted by: DLC

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 07:13 AM

YEAH... and what's with 2 X 4s whistle

Can't wait to get a pound of coffee that at one time was the package size used in Bunn coffeemakers !!

WHY don't they just keep the same size & raise the F-ing price !! They're foolin' NO ONE !! (and they know it)....

Canned Coke - 20 pack now !! crazy

HELLO ! ! - manufacturers !! WTF UP !!
Posted by: MacBozo

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 02:49 PM

You got it, Dave. They reduce the package size in order to not raise the price as much.
Posted by: Celandine

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 03:04 PM


I can understand the reasoning behind it
that psychologically there's a cut-off point
beyond which the consumer is unwilling
(more likely UNABLE) to go beyond before
simply crossing items off the shopping list.

The sensible alternative is GETTING LESS
for the same price we're budgeted for...

No body said we have to like it... it's just
the high cost of living.. waddiyagonnadu? frown

What burns my biscuits is them thinking
we're idiots that don't notice what they're
doing... as if they're getting over on us. mad
Posted by: Pirate

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 04:04 PM

Got a 10 pound bag of potatoes today...it was only 8 lbs, same bag as the 10lb one just less product...same price as 10 pounder
Posted by: Jim_

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 04:57 PM

Originally Posted By: Celandine
Lots of "stuff" like GM Engineered CORN SYRUP
and GM SOY, GM RAPE Seed Oil(CANOLA),Starches,
"Fillers"and Hydrogenated Fats, that our body
never evolved to recognize as "FOOD".
I'm on the fence on the GMO argument, that's a different thread though, but if one eats a lot of prepackaged/processed stuff as opposed to fresh there's more to consider than GMOs anyway.

Except for Velveeta Shells & Cheese, that's the perfect food.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 05:11 PM

Funny how life is the opposite though... I get 10 lbs of sh!!t in a 5 lb bag when I do something wrong. laugh
Posted by: MrB

Re: 12 - 09/07/13 08:37 PM

Originally Posted By: Pirate
Got a 10 pound bag of potatoes today...it was only 8 lbs, same bag as the 10lb one just less product...same price as 10 pounder


Packaged ice is the same. Used to come in 10lb bags. Now it's 8 lb.

Similarly, just saw the KFC ad promoting the 6 piece bucket for $9.99. I might have it wrong but back in the early 80's didn't they have 15 pieces for $9.99?

Dave