Yeah, it's not home repair. But, it's an open forum. Have the moderator
Red Baron microwave pizza singles. Pack of two pizzas, plus the foil heat up
tray. About $3.49 at Wegmans. I'm in walmart, and they have the same thing
for about three bucks. I buy a couple, and figure I'm saving money.
Got the pizzas home, and opened one today. It's really tiny. About half inch
diameter smaller than the Wegmans version. Thin, and light, too. I look at
the box from Wegmans, I had a while ago. It's 12 ounces. The Walmart one is
6.80 ounces. Blast! Same price, and half the food?
Just finished cooking one, and I'm still hungry. The second one is in the
microwave. If I'd been eating Wegmans version of Red Baron Singles, I'd be
satisfied with one. Not much savings, here. While I was throwing away the
package, I see they are "thin and crispy". Not the deep dish I am used to.
Christopher A. Young
(Using backup computer. In a couple
On 3 Oct, 16:55, "Stormin Mormon \(on backup computer\)" <cayoung###+++
It's been SOP in recent years for stores/manufacturers to reduce the
size of a product instead of raising prices. Some OJ containers are no
longer a full gallon. Cookie boxes are smaller. What used to be sold
in quart sizes is now 28 ozs. It goes on and on.
One local store had a sign near their brand of ice cream: "Still the
original 1/2 gallon". Everything else was like 1.8 quarts for the same
The only way to shop today is to compare unit prices - but the buyer
must beware there also. I've seen paper towels unit-priced per 100
sheets. One brand appeared to be cheaper, until you checked their
sheet size. It was one of the brands where you could tear off 1/2
sheets and they were unit priced to the 1/2 sheet. Do the math and
they were 50% more expensive than some other brands.
Now let's throw rebates and coupons into the mix. In some cases, using
coupons/rebates on smaller, higher-unit priced items can be more
economical than using them on the large sizes if the percentage off
the original price drops the unit price down far enough.
Bottom line is - Shopping by unit pricing, while ensuring that the
units are comparable and by factoring in rebates and coupons, is the
way to go.
Yeah, "tricks" have been played for years, but it's much more recent
occurance that the old standards - gallons of juice, 1/2 gallons of
ice cream, pounds of xyz, etc. - have begun to get downsized in order
to hold the price "constant".
We're going through a similiar situation with our county taxes this
year - "I promise not to raise property taxes during my term". Now we
pay a fee/higher fee for items that used to be covered by our taxes.
In essence, they kept the price constant while reducing the size of
In about 1998, Texas had some school-tax agency called a "SED" that
collected property tax as well as the school district itself. The
schools were claiming a tax decrease, while it was effectively an 80%
Currently, our County Executive is floating a budget proposal that
substantially decreases a tax rebate that has been in effect for many
years as well as redirecting some money that was destined for the
county schools. If it passes, she can still claim she didn't raise our
property taxes but in the end it will be more money out of our pockets
every year - less money back in the rebate and probably higher school
and town taxes.
It's not that I have a problem with spending more money if it needs to
be spent, it's the games they play in how they explain it. They don't
say they've decreased the rebate, they don't say they've redirected
any funds, they simply say - "Once again we've balanced the budget
without raising your property taxes". Now it's up to those who oppose
the budget (or at least want to get the whole picture out) to try and
explain the nuances of the proposal to the layman in a manner that
they can understand.
But who gets the most press coverage? The County Executive, of course.
She can drop a line about her "balanced budget" at every community
event, playground ribbon cutting, and high school award ceremony.
Where she goes, the press goes, so her words get heard more often, and
her words are a lot easier to understand than the explanation of what
she's actually doing.
The spillover makes it even worse. You have school and town boards
that are otherwise doing a great job, but now they have to increase
their taxes or cut services to compensate for the lost county revenue.
What's going to happen during the next election campaign? Opposition
candidates are going to point to the actions of the current boards and
tell everyone that they can't handle the finances correctly. Let's
toss 'em all out.
Honestly...what a concept.
I'm reminded of toilet paper. The number of sheets is useless as a way
to tell how much is in a package. I pick it up and see how heavy it
is. Sometimes I see a store advertising a 4-roll package (often its
own brand) for a low price. I pick it up and can tell there's almost
There's also the significant possibility of never getting the rebate.
That could be one reason for processing rebates so slooooooowly.
They're hoping you'll forget you sent for it.
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