When did they shrink 3-tab shingles?
I had an bundle from about 2 years ago that I bought to fix a few blow- offs. Needed more to re-roof the SW slope before winter, so I went to Home Depot, got 6 bundles of the same SKU, same color, same brand shingles.
The new shingles are at least an inch shorter, and 2 inches narrower, than the old shingles! What a surprise when you get to the middle of the row and discover the difference.
Evidently this is more of that "ice cream container" marketing. The bundles I bought two years ago were $25.xx, and the new bundles were $22.xx. I was expecting to pay at least $30 a bundle given the rise in cost of petroleum products. Now I know why they were so cheap.
I really don't care, they cover the roof and are hopefully waterproof. It was just a surprise to find two different sized shingles.