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Forum topic by DS posted 12-23-2011 01:31 AM 2300 views 0 times favorited 51 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-23-2011 01:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: inflation

My wife asked me to pick up a new vacumm cleaner belt at the Target during my lunch break today.
Being one of the last few days before Christmas, the crowd was just nuts.

Anyways, while I was waiting in line to check out with my single item, I noticed the lady behind me loading her groceries onto the conveyor. She had the oddest milk container I ever saw. I said, “That is an odd looking milk container”. To which she replied, “it was the only 1% milk they had.” I asked, “Is that even a full gallon?” “No,” she said, “its only 3 quarts made to look like it’s a gallon.”

What the heck is going on here? I kept quiet when a half-gallon of ice cream became 1.85 quarts, then 1.75 quarts. Look today and you’ll see they’re now selling them at 1.5 quarts! OUTRAGEOUS!

My questions is this; Do you suppose, once a half gallon carton of ice cream is reduced down to a pint, will they re-introduce the half gallon size again?

Don’t even get me started on the cheese. I love a good Ham and Swiss melt as well at the next guy. They used to sell a 8 slice package that was 8 ounces. That same 8 slices is now 6 ounces and costs more!

The down side is that now, my new “deli-thin sliced” (actually printed on the package like that—as if it were a GOOD thing) makes a weak Ham and Swiss! I have to use two slices!

Do the food producers think they are fooling anyone? It has gotten rediculous! You have to look to see if the half gallon of orange juice is still a half gallon! MOST of it isn’t! 1.75 quarts is the new half gallon. And tommorrow it will be 1.5 quarts.

Does this piss anybody else off? Who do we call about this! If they can screw around with a gallon of milk, WHAT’S NEXT?

In the end it is all about GREED and Money. They are effectively RAISING PRICES without looking like they are raising prices. IT IS DISHONEST AND I WISH THEY CUT IT OUT!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251


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#1 posted 12-23-2011 02:14 AM

Does this piss anybody else off? Who do we call about this! If they can screw around with a gallon of milk, WHAT’S NEXT?

Lawyers who charge by the 45 minutes.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-23-2011 02:35 AM

Next thing you know a 2” X 4” will not really be…

Oh. never mind.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#3 posted 12-23-2011 02:44 AM

Did you guys know that a US gallon is only 3 Canadian quarts?

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404 - Not Found

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#4 posted 12-23-2011 02:51 AM

You are dead right, it’s inflation by stealth, and it’s over here as well, 1 litre of orange juice went into a new bottle and became 900ml, of course, they don’t flash “NEW 900ml BOTTLE”, you’d have to study the back of the label to know that they are shafting you. The best thing anyone can do is boycott these rip off merchants, maybe even write to their consumer complaint department and just state that you believe they are being dishonest and trying to trick consumers and that you, and everyone you know, will stop buying their product.

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#5 posted 12-23-2011 03:01 AM

cr1 you know we have some fine LJs from Norway here.

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#6 posted 12-23-2011 05:36 PM

I understand prices going up. I understand shrinking profits, etc.

What gets me chapped is the aparent deception.

I HATE BEING LIED TO!

It’s like when TARP printed $700 billion and gave it to the banks. Overnight, the dollars in my pocket became worth 70 cents and nobody seemed to notice. They leveled a 30% tax by STEALTH and DECEPTION!

How can we blame private industry for following government’s example?

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#7 posted 12-23-2011 06:39 PM

I see cr1 removed his dirty remark re: Norway.

I wonder why someone like cr1 is just on here to be nasty and making an ass of himself?

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#8 posted 12-24-2011 12:13 AM

Playing devil’s advocate for a moment; if the package tells you the quantity of the product inside, and the price is displayed nearby, where is the dishonesty? Everything you need to know is right there before you even put the item in your cart. AFIK, shattering assumptions isn’t illegal.

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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#9 posted 12-24-2011 12:37 AM

Welcome to business practices in the US. Bait and switch, creating confusion and the ability to talk out of both sides of your mouth at once is the way it’s done. :-)))))

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 12-24-2011 12:53 AM

DS251 et al: The only way to show your satisfactions over a company product or price increase (plus hidden ones) then the simple answer is to boycott the products or services, they listen to their pocket books “saying sales decreases”, it does not take long for them to “get it”.

People had enough guts to take on Netflix. Put them in a world of hurt, they lost their customer base, their stock crashed, so now they sent all former members a letter apology for their arrogance, reduced prices and gave away special promotions. That’s the way to do it….........don’t just moan about paying more for less.

You and enough other people can do something about it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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ChuckV

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#11 posted 12-24-2011 01:03 AM

Certainly consumers are responsible for their own buying decisions, but those marketing people are pretty clever.

Here is an interesting article from the NY Times on the subject.

I remember when yogurt went from 8 to 6 oz. The container stayed the same size. This was touted as a new feature: now there is room to mix in your own ingredients without having to use another container!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 12-24-2011 01:04 AM

I quit drinking Guinness when their PINT started coming out as 14.2oz !!! NO friggin’ way!

The next stealth theft is when the LARGER bags of chips, crackers, you name it, are MORE expensive per OZ than the smaller packages! We now us a calculator on EVERY purchase at the grocery store, every time…

Time to dust off my old beer-making tubs…

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#13 posted 12-24-2011 01:20 AM

Again, MASS BOYCOTT will make them honest….....the only way they understand.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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ChuckV

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#14 posted 12-24-2011 01:52 AM

H-Mike,

You are probably about the right age to Spot The Tune:
To a dead beat from an old greaser.
Think you must have me all wrong.
I didn’t care, friend. I wasn’t there, friend,
If it’s the price of pint that you need, ask me again.

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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HorizontalMike

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#15 posted 12-24-2011 03:20 AM

But ah likes Akwer-lung betta… ;-)

Actually I had already been overseas and had gotten out of the Navy by then 8-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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