Un-supersized: Products keep shrinking

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  • Buzzards LEHI, UT
    July 11, 2013 11:25 a.m.

    I have kept my vow never to buy a 1.5 quart container of Ice Cream. I was momentarily cheered when Dreyers went back to 1/2 gallon like an honest company, only to see that it was "slow churned", meaning whipped to put extra air into the ice cream.
    Hefting a Dreyers half gallon, I could tell it was much lighter than even a 1.75 quart carton of Ice Cream. Nice try, you had me fooled for 30 seconds. No more buying Dreyers for me, I guess.

  • Kalindra Salt Lake City, Utah
    July 9, 2013 5:03 p.m.

    This has been happening for a great many years and is often mentioned in the news.

  • Gosh-DUH Burlington, CT
    July 8, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    Interesting article, confirming my own observations. Thank you. Boxes of Kleenex tissue down from 200 to 184 sheets per box. How about buying toilet paper without the inner cardboard in the roll; it is more expensive than with it. Another observation: 100 vitamin D3 capsules are in a bottle that could probably hold 4-5 times that number. what a waste of plastic.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    I vividly remember the first time they came up with the 1.75 quart packages of ice cream (it's now routinely 1.5) about 5 years ago and tried to justify it by describing the packaging as being more "convenient to store in a freezer".

    From leg room in airplanes to toilet paper, everything shrinks except the price.

    And, like the continuing diminishment in the competence and performance of our government, we, as either consumers or voters, have the ultimate say.

    Just as we should vote for the best politician (I know, that feels a bit oxymoronic at this point), we also should be more careful to buy that which has the highest value.

    That kind of wise selectivity is the only means of getting things to move in a better direction.

  • Capsaicin Salt Lake City, UT
    July 8, 2013 5:13 a.m.

    Inflation is caused by oil prices. Not by national debt. Yet. But debt will play a huge part in devaluing american currency in the years to come. And then manufacturers will have to raise prices because they've already dropped the size of everything.

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    July 7, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    One old man, I never said it was all Obama's fault, you talk about large corporations, I was referring to small business called franchises Did you know Dairy Queen 98% of them are franchises meaning they are independently owned and operated. They have to pay to use the DQ brand, as well as all employee and business costs. They can not afford the fines the IRS is going to impose in the next few years for not being able to offer insurance. Ask any HR in a small business what Obama care will be costing them I challenge to do that. Large companies that is another story. Honestly if you must know I am an Independent both republicans and democrats are ruining this republic. One pushes for socialism the other communism. All I know is the amount of taxes taken from my check has gone up in the last few years, and yet for my family size i am near poverty. I do not expect Uncle Sam to take care of me, i didn't go for higher education, This country is made so if you work hard and go to school you can be successful. I blame myself.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    July 7, 2013 2:37 p.m.

    I noticed, as I was rotating my food storage, that several cans I had from last year were visibly LARGER than the products I was replacing them with.

    Hunt's spaghetti sauce, for example, is now a smaller can and less product, but--of course--for the same price. I feel cheated, tricked, and stupid.

    No wonder I couldn't get my lasagna to turn out the same way I used to. I always seemed to run out of sauce.

    Well, at least now I know my recipes aren't getting messed up because of something I'm suddenly doing wrong. Small consolation for being deceived . . .

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    July 7, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    I heard that for some cans of vegetables they decrease the amount of vegetables in the can but increase the water in the can so it still weighs 16 oz. or however many ounces. The price is the same, the weight is the same, but there is less. That is just deceitful, in my opinion.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    July 7, 2013 8:46 a.m.

    That's why I believe we have been living in inflationary times all along.
    When you look at the imported goods and the shoddy merchandise today, the value just isn't there.
    As the article points out, dry goods are also smaller.
    Apples-to-apples, we are paying a great deal more than we used to.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 7, 2013 8:12 a.m.

    Thank you trekker for letting us know that it's all Obama's fault.

    But that's bulloney!

    These companies have only one goal in mind -- they have to protect all those big salaries and bonuses for their top officers.

  • FDRfan Sugar City, ID
    July 7, 2013 5:15 a.m.

    Shhhhhh! The people who calculate the CPI don't know this. We must keep inflation in check.

  • trekker Salt Lake, UT
    July 6, 2013 11:08 p.m.

    Look at Frito-Lay I worked in the grocery business for many years their family size is way smaller than what it was even in the 90's. I managed a DQ at one point their old medium shakes are the large now, although in fairness Artic Circle's large was DQ's medium for a lot of years yet people wondered why DQ's large cost more it was because it was 32oz not 21oz.I would tell them go by once not name of size! Get used to it people every time they raise the min wage as an employer you have raise prices or cut labor and ask the employees to do more with fewer people.Now with Obamacare if you are a small franchise you will be having to pay fines for not offering insurance. That cost will be passed on to the consumers.