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TimmyP

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747 days ago

This post is an extension of the topic posted some time back, about how the products we buy at the store are getting to be a little smaller, and the price is remaining the same, or going up (i.e., a jar of mayonaise, or a carton of ice cream (notice I said “carton” – it’s not a half-gallon!)).

Recently, I bought a can of paint at Home Depot, to do some wall painting at home. Well, in the evening, as I was reading the instructions and stuff on the label, I turned the can around to look at the front. And what did it say, in part? “124 fluid ounces”! The sad part is, you can’t tell that the can is any smaller, and it doesn’t look like there is any less paint in the can. And then the other day, I see an ad for HD, something about all gallons of paint are on sale, or something. Well, if all the cans are only 124 ounces, I guess HD won’t ever have to shell out on their advertised special.

BTW, the paint I bought is actually from Glidden, so I don’t know if HD’s Behr brand is still 128 ounces or not.

And another peeve: why does lumberjocks take your “watch list” and empty it out? Admittedly, I don’t come to the site every day, but if the “watch list” is supposed to be a helpful device, it’s not being very helpful.


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bent

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#1 posted 747 days ago

just a guess, but maybe they take a full gallon can and intetionally underfill the can and label it as 124oz. this way they have the extra volume to add the pigment liquid to match colors?

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#2 posted 746 days ago

As I said when this thread showed up the first time, the buyer needs to take some responsibility. Unless your paint was marked as 1 gallon, you went with an incorrect assumption.

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Tedster

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#3 posted 746 days ago

What Bent says is common practice, has been for decades that I know of. But I get the point.. we’re getting less for more of our dollar. Look at how thin the millwork is at the big box stores, for example. They shave a little off on the dimension to squeeze one more piece out of the tree. The higher prices are to be expected, as inflation has always been the case. But cutting down on quality (or quantity) is another matter.

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americanwoodworker

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#4 posted 746 days ago

Hamburgers!

This one bugs me so much that I will never return to a restaurant if they play around. Stop telling me a Hamburger costs $8.00 only to receive it and it looks like an overgrown version of McDonalds. No Tomatoes, lettuce or onion. Then you have to ask for ketchup or mustard, they don’t bring it to you. All of these are just basic ingredients to a hamburger. They do this because it saves money. They hope you the customer won’t remember to ask for it and they won’t offer to tell you upfront or you get your bill and it is an extra $2.00 for asking them to add it on.

I had asked a local restaurant for a double burger and they sent me a single. Or so I thought it was. They informed me it was two single patties smashed together. Wow!, a Junior burger was bigger than that.

Hang on! It’s gonna get worse!

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oldretiredjim

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#5 posted 746 days ago

just got back from HD. the behr paint can is less than 120ozs. a few gliden were 128 but most were 124.

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Sawkerf

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#6 posted 746 days ago

Jim & Timmy -
Where are you guys? I just looked at several cans of Behr paint – three of them bought in the past week – and they’re all 1 gallon.

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#7 posted 746 days ago

RE:...”And another peeve: why does lumberjocks take your “watch list” and empty it out? Admittedly, I don’t come to the site every day, but if the “watch list” is supposed to be a helpful device, it’s not being very helpful.”

I find the “Watch List” to be very Helpful and Lj’s will only “Empty” it as Per Your Instructions.

But, first. (NOT “Watch List”, BUT! They Both might end up doing the Same Thing) For ALL of my Posting And Projects I Leave them on “Watch” as versus “Unwatch” in the Upper Right Corner of them ALL. If somone comments, no matter how old My Post is, I will receive a Notification of that and WILL Respond.

Back to “Watch List”. LJ’s will only show on there (as versus Empty it out) what YOU have Specified for the Period Of Time You have asked for.

Pictures say it better. In the Top Right Corner, and assuming you are ”Logged in”, on every page is Your Avatar and “My Lumberjocks”.

Click on that and a Menu Drops down. 8 Items down is “My Watchlist”.

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Click on that and it will take you to the page as shown below Titled “Lumberjocks Pulse”. It shows Many Options for how you want to View Watch Lists, Postings and Other.

On the Right Side you’ll see “active” (means active within, naturally) with a Drop Down Box beside it. Click on it and You have a choice of how long You want Your “Watch List” to be “active” and therefore visible to YOU. YOUR Choices are ”in last 24hours” OR “7 days” OR “30 days”.

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I leave mine set at 30 days. Is there a Slight Possibbility you have Yours set for “24hours”?

PS: I think Glidden is Overpriced and I tried BEHR Paint about a year ago. The way it “Worked” did not Impress me at all.

In Canada the cans are measured in Litres! eg. 1 Canadian Gallon (Different from a US Gallon) DUH??? equals 4.4561 Litres.

Hope this is of some assistance.

Rick

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TimmyP

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#8 posted 745 days ago

Rick – thanks for the tutorial. I didn’t know you could set a time limit on the watch list; I just took whatever it was defaulted to. I’m sure it wasn’t set for 24 hours, because I’d get notifications in my inbox when a new post was made, and those notices would usually last for a week or two.

I bought a can of Glidden paint from HD many years ago; yeah, I thought it was overpriced at the time, but was very happy with it. I’ve only bought Behr brand in color specific quarts (or should I say, a quart-sized can!)

Sawkerf – I’m not sure what assumption I made (whatever assumption that might have been) is incorrect. A can of paint has been a gallon for a long time; I’m just saying that now, it’s not a full gallon – just another instance of us consumers getting less for our buck. BTW, the HD I went to is in Fairfax, VA.

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#9 posted 744 days ago

Your assumption was that what looked like a 1 gallon can contained – in fact – 1 gallon. Did the can label actually say 1 gallon, or 3.79 liters? Did the store signage say 1 gallon?

I admit to being frustrated myself by this practice, but when a manufacturer has to deal with rising production costs, they have to recover somehow. That means raising prices – or reducing the quantity of the product in a container to reduce the cost to produce the container.

I find it really odd that you saw this in your HD. The big boxes around here still sell paint in gallons, quarts, etc.

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DS

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#10 posted 744 days ago

I just bought three “Gallon-like” cans of paint last week. When I get home, I’m gonna check them out.

It really sucks that our buying choices have been changed with this “new economy”. What happens when you need exactly one gallon of paint? You end up buying more than you need.
It really, really sucks.

I posted a related thread a while back, if any are interested.

-- "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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Sawkerf

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#11 posted 744 days ago

It isn’t really all that new, DS251. Candy makers, for example, have reduced the size of their candy bars several times over the years to retain the price point. It’s happened to many food products as well. I don’t think you can buy a pound of coffee anymore.

As far as paint goes, I can’t remember ever needing EXACTLY one gallon. I either have some left over, or need to get a bit more. – lol

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

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DS

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#12 posted 744 days ago

We should come with new names that correlate to the reduced package sizes the retailers are pushing on us.

128 oz. is a Gallon, but,
124 oz. can of paint is a (fill in the blank)

16 oz is a pound, but,
12 oz package of bacon is a (fill in the blank)

-- "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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Sawkerf

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#13 posted 744 days ago

That’s one of the reasons that CA requires unit pricing at grocery stores. The signage gives the container price as well as the cost per unit (fl. oz, oz, lb, etc.)

I’m still wondering why HD would package different amounts of their paint in different parts of the country. AFAIK, Behr paint is made in one factory and having to vary the can fill volume seems like a real hassle.

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

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TimmyP

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#14 posted 740 days ago

Well, I guess it’s “official”: I saw in my weekly HD advertisement, they had images of both Behr paint and Glidden paint, and the Glidden paint indicatged 124 fl. oz.

Makes you wonder what’s next – a gallon of gas?

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#15 posted 740 days ago

I bought one of those little snack bags of potato chips the other day and it was a pretty breezy day outside. They were so light and and fluffy that when I opened them up every one but three was blown away with the wind. I suspect it was mostly the hot air that was inside. After that I couldn’t help but start thinking about the movie, Gone With the Wind, for a good long while.

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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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