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Tuna size turnaround

MartyB May 13, 2012 03:50 PM

Went to Costco today and noticed that Chicken of the Sea was labeled "New bigger cans". 7oz! What also surprised me was that it was significantly cheaper than Kirkland - 8 cans for $14 vs cos 6 cans for $7.

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  1. weinstein5 May 13, 2012 05:54 PM

    check if it was chunk light vs chunk white - I fell for that once

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    1. re: weinstein5
      MartyB May 14, 2012 08:04 AM

      Solid white Albacore and it was Starkist.

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        bagelman01 May 14, 2012 08:13 AM

        Well, we've now gone back 40 years to when the can was originally 7 ounces, but the price has tripled. Has the CPI gone up 300% since I started college, I don't think so.

        However, it's nice to know that you can get 2 servings out of the can, the 5 ounce really was more than 1 serving, but 2 cans for two people left not quite enough to put away, but more than we should have eaten for lunch causing waist expansion.

        1. re: bagelman01
          carolinadawg May 14, 2012 09:57 AM

          Actually, what cost $1.00 in 1972 costs $5.42 in 2012 dollars, based on CPI, so that is much more than a 300% increase.

          1. re: carolinadawg
            bagelman01 May 14, 2012 10:27 AM

            yes, but the 1972 price was based on individual cans sold in an average market, not having to buy an 8 pack at a paid for membership club such as Costco (Minimum membership $55/year)

            In Fact the per can price in 1972 was actually in the 69 cent range when not on sale (I discussed this with my mother who kept a ledger of grocery expenses). At that time the chunk light was 3 for $1, sale 4 for $1.

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              carolinadawg May 14, 2012 10:39 AM

              I was merely responding to your statement concerning the CPI increase over the past 40 years. It is, in fact, over 300%.

              1. re: bagelman01
                ferret May 14, 2012 10:49 AM

                In 1972 we believed the oceans' bounty to be endless and you never knew which can of tuna had a little bit of Flipper inside.

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