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Everything Seems To Be Shrinking

Have you noticed lately that every time you buy a box of cereal or a bag of potato chips, for example, that the amount of product is less but the price, of course, remains the same -or higher? How much longer can this go on?

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  1. It will go on as long as people buy processed foods, since I haven't noticed this in, say, bags of beans. But the boxes of WW pasta I buy have decreased to 7 svgs/box from 8.

    And they will buy, since people don't seem to be shrinking!

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    1. re: nofunlatte

      Well, we no longer have a "10 pound" bag of potatoes, I just figured that out in the store last weekend. Used to be a 5 pound or a 10 pound bag, all my life. I picked up the heavier/bigger bag and was like hey, wait a minute. Looked at the bag - 8 pounds. Same price as 10 pounds used to be. And these aren't processed, so it's happening to everything. There's no more one pound can of coffee either.

      1. re: rockandroller1

        I don't think there's been a one pound can of coffee in a long time.

    2. Just a head's up/link to another thread on the subject of smaller packages - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/664152 - (and there are probably other threads also).

      1. This isn't new though. I worked in a grocery store as a scan coordinator 15 years ago, and one of my responsibilities was to make sure the shelf tags were accurate. Every week I was changing them because some product or other had reduces its package size.

        1. Sadly it's nothing new... everything gradually shrinks over time except the prices!

          1. They are getting smaller, however yesterday much as I didn't want to, I purchased a bag of sliced criminis. Offered was a pound sliced all up in the bag, and they not only looked fresher than the ones being offered whole in the bin, but it was $1 a pound cheaper. Pays to check it all out.

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            1. re: chef chicklet

              Same thing happened to me with criminis yesterday! Usually I don't even glance at the presliced stuff, but it's worth a passing glance at least, just in case.

              1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                Yeah me too, usually not interested in bagged food. These days I'm looking at everything carefully. Check out the canned sweetened condensed milk. Ridiculously priced! Go to the Mexican section, half the price. Now why is that? And by the way I bought it and it was terrific.

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  Not quite on the original topic, but another bargain in the Mexican section of my local supernarket is spices. I can refill a $4 jar of dried oregano or thyme with the contents of a little $0.79 plastic bag from the Mexican aisle.

                  1. re: BobB

                    the "badia" brand spices in the mexican food section of grocery stores are a super-duper bargain compared with their "mcCormick's" correlates.

                    1. re: BobB

                      I also appreciate the Badia spices in a bag...bay leaf, peppercorns, oregano, thyme, ...I don't think their cinnamon sticks are very good, though.