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Consumer complaint about Jimmy Dean sausage [moved from General Chowhounding board]

I was directed to the following page, on a blog called The Consumerist, by a link from NPR's The Bryant Park Project. This is an apparently real consumer complaint about Jimmy Dean resizing their breakfast sausage chubs from 16 ounces to 12 ounces. As a native Texan with about a half-dozen chubs of Jimmy Dean sage sausage in his basement freezer (that kind is hard to find in Boston, so I stock up when it shows up), I agree both with the gist of his argument and the appropriately sweary spirit in which it's delivered.

Warning: contains rude language inappropriate for work:

http://tinyurl.com/35ddk3

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  1. thanks for link, bfp. i think we can all relate, in one way or another. i, for one, recall when coffee cans were reduced from 16 oz. to 13, then 12.... and the price stayed the same. my family was none too happy about it.

    1. I feel his pain! That is a scream. I am amazed at how he didn't start yelling. He needs to check out Owens. I think it's better!

      1. That is just too perfect.

        1. First of all, I hate when places make stuff smaller and charge the same. It feels like someone is trying to pull the wool over my eyes.
          Secondly, they have to realize that a lot of recipes call for a pound of JD sausage. So either they don't care or they figure people will then buy two tubes and they make more money. Also bad.

          I don't however get this guys argument. He's essentially saying he has a fat family. They live off 1lb of JD and 2 dozen eggs. How long does that last?? One day?? So he has to open another tube the next day anyway. What's the difference if you're finishing one and opening another the next day or just opening one??
          I don't really see the problem with buying 8 tubes to get the same amount of meat that you would in 6 tubes. If he's on that tight a budget, there are plenty of cheaper alternative's out there anyway.

          I just hope Tennessee Pride doesn't follow suit.

          DT

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          1. re: Davwud

            i thought his argument was two-fold:
            1) convenience- his family can no longer make one package per meal, as they are accustomed to doing. and your comment re: recipes requiring 1 lb. fits into this category.
            2) pulling the wool over people's eyes- like you mentioned above, he is angry because he is a long-time customer who feels cheated.

            1. re: vvvindaloo

              I just find that getting all bent out of shape because you have to open a second package to get your 1 lb of sausage in the morning not worth it.
              I suppose that it's not really what he's mad about. It's just how he's venting it. He's probably like me and as you said, it's about the feeling of being cheated.

              DT

              1. re: Davwud

                You've just got to hope that nothing really bad ever happens to the caller. If a 200 pound man can work up this much anger over the size of a sausage roll, imagine what he would do in the face of a tragedy. Time for a reality check, Mr. Taylor. Jimmy Dean isn't worth your coronary.

                1. re: Sherri

                  Perhaps the repackaging of the sausage will help his family shed some fat.

          2. Its not about the size of the sausage, its about a great example of American enthnography.

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            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Boy, I wish I had a nickel for every time I had to tell someone It’s not about the size of the sausage....

              ;-)

              Uncle Ira

                1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                  yes, sam, i too appreciated the "slice of america" aspect of that call, which was really the most interesting aspect, i think.