Yeah, I just bought a salami at Sam's. If was labeled "Yard of Beef," but
was only 18" long!
When I pointed this out to the check-out person, he said: "It's a short
I think that was a line from the movie: "The Night They Invented Burlesque."
On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:49:39 -0800 (PST), greg2468
I don't follow the other products mentioned, but candy bars get
smaller and smaller and then they get bigger in one big jump and the
price goes up.
Then they start getting smaller again.
AIUI most economists think that mild inflation is good for the economy
because it encourages businesses and people do things now, but the
cost of the war will imo cause greater than mild inflation for quite a
On Wed, 27 Feb 2008 14:49:39 -0800, greg2468 wrote:
Take a walk down the aisles in a grocery store sometime. A pound of
coffee is about 9 ounces. 5# of sugar is 4#. Prices are more or less
It's a way to trick consumers into thinking the economy is hunky-dory and
that inflation is in check. We're so used to buying containers that we
forget to read what's actually in them. By downsizing containers and
quantities, we are actually paying a higher percentage for goods than we
were 5 or 10 years ago.
Next time I paint a wall, I'm going to paint only 80% of it and charge
the full amount. Same effect. I'll just have to convince customer that
the 20% unpainted looks great and is part of the decor.
On Thu, 28 Feb 2008 13:42:53 +0000, JoeSpareBedroom wrote:
It's more than transportation costs. If a supplier were to raise prices
20%, the consumer may not buy the product but go to a competitor. Keep
the packing the same in looks but smaller in size and keep prices close
to what they are, the consumer will grab the package without thinking of
increased cost. The vendor wins. The consumer thinks he/she is getting
the same goods at the same price.
Now that fuel costs are rising, we'll see more price increases, but the
smaller packages have little to do with it..
It's a marketing and a way to increase profits.
Now that they're rising? I deal with trucking groceries all day long.
Freight costs began rising 4 years ago. I'm surprised that price increases
have lagged so far behind. It had to happen eventually.
The OP describes it as an attempt to fool people. That's bullshit. What kind
of work do you do? Do you expect to get salary increases from time to time?
This reminds me of a long debate in a cooking newsgroup, in which whiners
were complaining that Breyers had shrunk their 64 oz ice cream package. This
was portrayed as evil. Some of the idiots seemed to expect Breyer's to send
a post card to every household in America, informing them of the change.
Packaging: Already done. The new size is printed on the labels.
Advertising: You think manufacturers should pay for ads informing customers
of shrinking sizes?
By the way, does paint depend on any petroleum-based raw materials?
I don't begrudge a price increase when needed. The reason for the change
was profit by deception.
Breyers (and others) took a deceptive way out of raising prices. Ice cream
has been in 64 ounce containers for 60 years that I'm aware of and prices
have risen as cost have risen. It worked that way for a long time. Suddenly
the marketers found they could scam a lot of people into thinking they are
getting the same product for the same price. No matter how you look at it,
the purpose was to raise prices, not help the consumer. Egg cartons,
thankfully, still have 12 eggs in them.
If you were the CEO at Breyers, how would YOU have instituted the price
change so it was not a "scam"???
You run the company, and people will do exactly what you say, no questions
asked. Describe your plan.
I'd just raise the price, the same as they have been doing for many years.
Breyers used to be 79¢ a h alf gallon and they worked it up to about $5 and
still sold ice cream. IMO, going to a smaller package instead is a method
While we're at it, notice they no longer have the Pledge of Purity that
graced the cartons for many years. They've added other cheaper ingredients,
even to vanilla that used to be simply: cream, sugar, vanilla. No more.
Profit over quality.
According to the grocery purchasing agents I deal with, the sale of Breyers
1/2 gallons slowed to a crawl when it was priced over $4.00. Stores and the
manufacturer know that raising the price cut too much into their volume.
There's a definite limit to how much prices can be raised. Customers have
arbitrarily pegged, yet very firm ideas of what they're willing to pay for
The price is now $5.49 locally. At 64 ounces it would be $6.29. They
passed the $4 mark and are still selling. The only time I'll buy it now is
when on sale every few weeks. I get a few and keep them in the freezer. Sale
price is up to $2.74 last week. Rather than run sales on rotation, just
sell at a fair price every day. Since they cut the package size, I've not
bought any at full price. Screw them.
But certainly unless it was a huge increase the sales slowdown is just a
If it wasn't the case soda sales should have ceased when they went from
$0.02 to $0.03 a bottle and the same for everything you can thing of.
The problem today is that there are few real managers who truly
understand what they are doing. Most just live by computer printouts
that describe the moment without seeing the big picture.
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