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    The Amazing Shrinking Product

    Went to the local Harris Teeter yesterday and bought a pound of ricotta cheese. At least I thought it was a pound. Got it home and upon closer inspection discovered the one pound container is now 15 oz. Now as near as I can tell every friggin recipe since the Mayflower landed that calls for ricotta uses 16 oz. or some multiple thereof. I realize that it's a small difference, but ****! I'm supposed to buy two pounds, use one oz. from the second container and feed the rest to the dog?

    And what about the time honored seven oz. can of tuna that's now a whopping five oz? And the half gallon of ice cream that morphed into 1 1/2 qts., and the makers have the audacity to tell me it's a "more convenient size"? More convenient for who?

    The list goes on...

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    It's all about cut backs.... very rarely is it in the consumers best interest "more convenient size" bull****.

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    They chose an decrease in size over an increase in price. Will end up the same either way, except for the size fitting into food directions. Can definitely view it as deceptive (I agree), but it has been well published.

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    I'll never understand the reasoning behind reducing product size. Everything has to be retooled, recalibrated, relabeled, basically everything redone. All this has to cost money and time. Why don't they just leave everything alone and just raise the price. Everybody should understand that as time goes along, stuff cost more to make and prices rise. So just sell me a pound of coffee or ricotta cheese, as in this case, and just charge me more. What are they going to do, shrink everything down until, poof. No packaging, no product, just give them money for nothing.

    I guess you've seen those little Coke cans??? I wonder if 12oz cans of Coke will eventually shrink to 10 or 8 oz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Limited View Post
    I'll never understand the reasoning behind reducing product size. Everything has to be retooled, recalibrated, relabeled, basically everything redone. All this has to cost money and time.
    That's part of the equation that doesn't make any sense to me but apparently the corporate number crunchers feel otherwise. May they spend eternity in hell trying to stuff seven ounces of tuna into a five ounce can.

    And how much can that extra ounce of ricotta cost? I'm begging you, just raise the stinkin' price a few cents; I'll gladly pay it. No one seems to be shy about raising the cost of meat; priced a pork butt lately?

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    Saw seven ounce pepsi cans in an 8 pack today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 99Limited View Post
    I'll never understand the reasoning behind reducing product size. Everything has to be retooled, recalibrated, relabeled, basically everything redone.
    Not really. In many cases, the space that once held a volume of product can simply be replaced with air. In other cases, the changes happen through multiple suppliers, all of whom are operating flexible production methods. Believe me, they wouldn't be doing this if they weren't totally sure they were making more money. Entire fields revolve around making these determinations.

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