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Old 02-07-2016, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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The dilution of consumable products is an aspect of inflation that is not reported.
Or course it has, ad infinitum, but ... Does it need to be? Anyone with half a brain can figure out that a smaller package at the same price is a disguised price hike.
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Old 02-08-2016, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Cheektowaga, NY
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anyone see the Coke Mini commercial last night during the Super Bowl and think, "that will probably be the amount in a REGULAR can of Coke in 5-10 years!" ?
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Old 02-08-2016, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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The dilution of consumable products is an aspect of inflation that is not reported. If you calculated the per unit cost of most every item that has been 'shrunk' [for various reasons, some reasonable (diminishing household size)- some specious] you would find the average USA consumer is subject to much higher inflation than what is reported. The technique is shrink or dilute the product and maintain price or raise price and shrink product. While it is reasonable to think some of this will happen the per unit costs of most everything have risen from 10 to 50%.


Some items over the years besides the tea bags for examples:

Hot Chocolate packets went from 1 oz to .8 oz to .73 oz to now .69 oz on some manufacturers.
Spaghetti sauce: 32 oz jars became, 30 oz then 28 oz then 26 oz now 24 oz
Ice Cream: 64 oz became 56 oz now most are 48 oz or 46 oz
Yogurt: 10 oz to 8 oz to 6 oz
Soda can size: 12 oz to 11.5 oz to 11 oz

Or it is the dilution of product:
Juices are being reduced to flavored corn syrup; Lumex juices went from 50% to 35% to 21% 'real juice'

Cleaning products become diluted to create segmented product lines.
The continued dilution of product in conjunction with diminishing buying power of the dollar is a major squeeze on consumer.
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Or course it has, ad infinitum, but ... Does it need to be? Anyone with half a brain can figure out that a smaller package at the same price is a disguised price hike.
I think the point being made, is that it doesn't show up in CPI-W or CPI-U.

Because it doesn't, there was no COLA increase for Social Security or Supplemental Security Income recipients for 2016.
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Old 02-13-2016, 02:32 AM
 
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How is it manipulation if they tell you the sizing on the package? Most states also require grocery stores to provide unit pricing on the shelf tags.
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Old 02-13-2016, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Talk about your downsizing, wait until you get a few years on your body and see what Mother nature has in store for you.
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Old 02-16-2016, 08:47 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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How is it manipulation if they tell you the sizing on the package? Most states also require grocery stores to provide unit pricing on the shelf tags.
I guess Texas doesn't, because unit pricing here is hit or miss. They're also notoriously inaccurate, so you really should double-check them with a calculator. I do; I've given up telling management about mistakes, they don't care. And they're not really paid to care either, so I get it.
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Old 02-16-2016, 01:52 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I do; I've given up telling management about mistakes, they don't care. And they're not really paid to care either, so I get it.
That kind of stuff is not taken care of at store level so it's not like they CAN do anything about it except maybe pass it on up the ladder. Prices change so often it probably isn't worth reporting, by the time someone higher up bothers to look into it the price has already changed anyway.
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:20 PM
 
Location: EPWV
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bag of chips is about half air.
Or broken in many pieces.
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Old 02-16-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: in here, out there
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I buy a flavored water as I don't like water.
I lost interest in your complaints at this point. Someone who doesn't like water must be REALLY DIFFICULT TO PLEASE.

What other kinds of minor irritations are making your life hell?
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Old 02-17-2016, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Florida
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The cereal makers are in cahoots, they have all shrunk their boxes.
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