Downsizing — charging the same price for a lighter package — is a sneaky way to pass along a price increase, especially if the packaging looks the same to the consumer. And it isn’t a new practice: In 1959 a Consumer Reports reader survey found that deceptive packaging was highest on a list of topics that should be more fully covered.
But the troubled economy is speeding the shrinkage. Consumer Reports published a list of 10 examples in their October 2008 issue - http://www.consumerreports.org.....ing-ov.htm
And the practice is continuing:
From toothpaste to tuna fish, hot dogs to hand soap, companies have been shaving ounces and inches from packaged goods for years, usually blaming it on rising costs for ingredients and energy. They've got a point: Higher commodity and fuel costs are expected to cause a spike in food prices by as much as 3 percent in 2011. But if manufacturers are skimping when costs go up, why aren't they more generous when costs hold steady or fall?
Jif peanut butter is the last major brand to remain at 18 oz. When rival Skippy reduced its 18-oz. jars to 16.3 oz. a few years ago, Jif remained the same.
Here are some more examples of downsizing, from the February 2011 issue of Consumer Reports http://www.consumerreports.org...../index.htm
Ivory dish detergent
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Old: 30 oz. -->New: 24 oz.
Tropicana Orange juice / Florida Natural Orange juice
Old: 64 oz. --> New: 59 oz.
Kraft American cheese singles slices
Old: 24 slices -- New: 22 slices
Kirkland Signature Paper Towels (Costco)
Old: 96.2 sq. ft. --> New: 85 sq. ft.
Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream
Old: 16 oz. --> New: 14 oz.
Scott toilet tissue
Old roll: 115.2 sq. ft. --> New roll: 104.8 sq. ft.
Angel Soft toilet tissue
Old roll: 352 sheets --> New roll: 300 sheets, more narrow
Lanacane First aid spray
Old: 113 grams --> New: 99 grams
Chicken of the Sea salmon
Old: 3 oz. --> New: 2.6 oz.
Old: 10 oz. --> New: 8.1 oz.
Hebrew National Franks hot dogs
Old: 12 oz. --> New: 11 oz.
1. Compare unit prices when you shop
2. Try a different brand or store brands instead
3. Stock up during sales
4. Buy in bulk
5. Complain to the company