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 Have you noticed all the products that have become "down-sized?" First it was just a thing here and there that I noticed & then more & more. Now practically everything I get has had its
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Down-sized products

posted at 1/25/2013 9:02 AM EST
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 Have you noticed all the products that have become "down-sized?" First it was just a thing here and there that I noticed & then more & more. Now practically everything I get has had its' size messed with. Last night I bought Walmart paper towels "Great Value." You guessed it-smaller roll. We get less but now pay more. I could see get less but keep the prices the same but less for more? Crazy.

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posted at 1/25/2013 10:10 AM EST
Posts: 1955
First: 12/5/2010
Last: 4/20/2014
oh yes, ditto,ditto

for years now      i have bought  all t.p. paper towels and kleenex at   sam's
regardless of the price   i buy the brands i prefer there   and because of the size of rolls
i don't have the aggravation of having to change them every day or two

i have done much comparison of price   and i can tell you that it's still the best price on comparible quality
products       and i'm too   'picky"   to use an inferior product

the only thing i know lately is       bluebell ice cream           they say they will never change the size of their containers

coffee is my worst offender         now when we buy  the    "3 lb"     can  we don't even get 2 lbs of coffee  (29.2 oz  or 1ln13.2 oz)

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posted at 1/25/2013 11:18 AM EST
Posts: 2168
First: 8/8/2008
Last: 4/20/2014
do they think they are fooling us by down sizing  hate it

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posted at 1/25/2013 12:13 PM EST
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First: 1/20/2010
Last: 4/13/2014
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oh yes, ditto,ditto for years now      i have bought  all t.p. paper towels and kleenex at   sam's regardless of the price   i buy the brands i prefer there   and because of the size of rolls i don't have the aggravation of having to change them every day or two i have done much comparison of price   and i can tell you that it's still the best price on comparible quality products       and i'm too   'picky"   to use an inferior product the only thing i know lately is       bluebell ice cream           they say they will never change the size of their containers coffee is my worst offender         now when we buy  the    "3 lb"     can  we don't even get 2 lbs of coffee  (29.2 oz  or 1ln13.2 oz)
Posted by nellie v


I noticed the coffee is really getting less and less all the time.

Re: Down-sized products

posted at 1/25/2013 12:35 PM EST
Posts: 656
First: 10/4/2008
Last: 4/20/2014
It disturbs me!  I can't remember what it was that I was making; but the recipe called for a certain amount of product.  When I started the recipe, I noticed that the product was down an ounce.  I made it anyway, and it was okay; but how does one figure out what to add or to subtract to get the best results?!  It's just not fair!!

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posted at 1/25/2013 2:21 PM EST
Posts: 1417
First: 10/26/2009
Last: 3/15/2014
We've touched on this topic on VBB before, but I'll repeat my 2 pet peeves - sugar is now 4 lb. instead of 5, and certain flavors of Nestles chocolate chips are 10 oz or 11 oz instead of 12 oz.

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posted at 1/25/2013 3:48 PM EST
Posts: 1038
First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014
I started yelling about sugar ages ago.  My second gripe is Ice Cream......No more half gallons.   My husband is disgusted about coffee! ( he is the only one that drinks it, and he makes his own every morning)  Yesterday on the news they were talking about some products having more water in them and less solids.  They also said that some olive oil is being "watered down" with regular vegetable oil!!!  Buyer beware!!!

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posted at 1/25/2013 3:49 PM EST
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First: 6/4/2010
Last: 4/30/2013
I don't even think you can find a pound of coffee any longer or1/2 gallon of ice cream.

Re: Down-sized products

posted at 1/25/2013 6:02 PM EST
Posts: 1627
First: 8/9/2008
Last: 6/11/2013
If you have recipes that take box cake mix. Check your sizes. Both B.C and
D.H. have down sized. Used to be they were 18.25 oz. and now down to
16.25 or 16.50 oz. It will make a difference in your recipes. D.H. said they
didn't change the formula but most people say it isn't the same. There are
some of the cake mixes that have not changed but I don't remember
which ones. I am looking at all the food products to make sure they are
the right size.

Re: Down-sized products

posted at 1/25/2013 9:18 PM EST
Posts: 725
First: 12/31/2009
Last: 3/21/2014
I've noticed this too.  I first noticed it with ice cream, but then I started seeing a lot of products doing the same thing.  It is crazy.  I guess they don't think we will notice.

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posted at 1/25/2013 10:41 PM EST
Posts: 1823
First: 9/9/2008
Last: 4/20/2014
Guess all the recipes will have to be "re-done" to make up for the down-sizing.   I think the new recipes on Betty Crocker and Pillsbury reflect some of the changes but all the ones I have saved over the years are still based on old sizes.  Bummer!  

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posted at 1/26/2013 12:56 AM EST
Posts: 3726
First: 9/13/2011
Last: 4/20/2014
GRANA here;
Hi NELLIE V;
You are o  right & yet many people I speak to were not even aware ot the eshorting done b mfrs . A once#(16 oz can of cffee is now 12oz; a 1/2 gallon of ice cream( 64 oz) is now 56 oz (  8 oz( 2 servings less & thepricehas gone up as well; A pint#(16oz  of berries now is only 10oz [1/3 less product)Yell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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posted at 1/26/2013 1:20 AM EST
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First: 9/13/2011
Last: 4/20/2014
GRANA here;
 Hi GALE; Here HereYell; If  we were all to begin isting all those  products that have shrunk  in sizewhile prices rise; we'd allbe gouing non linear & exlode in rage


And if that is not enough ; the quality  has gone ay down  we nowget a 30-90 day  warantee on products that once were covered fo a year. We are offered service plans that addto the pices to "Protect our nvestment..If wedon't get the plan we are then having to hire repair people ourselves who rarely show p on time orget the repair done the first time.We purchased a luxury 3 door refigerator & in thefirst year needed repirs at least3 times tilI mentioned the" lemon law( 3 or ormore repairs  a repacement is given; then a  different repair  peron showd up; rplaced 3 costly parts the refrig has since worked w/o problems oblems for over  3 years.We had the service lan so thoserepairs did not cost us ...And the spoiled food was paid for by check  &  we could replace althat spoiled food But otmy time & effort in making & freezing things or for my  inconvenience  & certsiny not the time & ga money reqired to replace deboned chicken cokie dough , casseroles etc, They did sincerly apologize if only they could get the mfr toto pay mre attenton to their manufacturing poliy, standards &  practices.Yell
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posted at 1/26/2013 3:12 AM EST
Posts: 3931
First: 9/5/2010
Last: 4/21/2014
Down size the product. Upsized the price. This has been going on for years. I do not pay to go shopping. Costco or Sam's are pay to shop  stores. I use the Internet to find cheaper gas prices.I use "COUPONS". My food processor "DIED" after over thirty years. I looked on line found what I wanted. I checked store ads for sales and coupons  to replace it. I now have a Cuisinart Power Blend Duet Blender/Food Processor. I have one base and two interchangeable containers. I registered it. It has a three year warranty. The price was so good the sales people in the store were suprised. I made the purchase before Christmas.

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posted at 1/26/2013 8:17 AM EST
Posts: 1203
First: 9/10/2008
Last: 4/18/2014
Sneaky is what they are!  I noticed some time ago that can sizes are smaller....for example...my older recipes call for lets say a 15 oz can of soup and the cans on the shelves today are more like 10.5 etc.    Annoyance to say the least. 

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posted at 1/26/2013 11:01 AM EST
Posts: 1333
First: 8/8/2008
Last: 4/16/2014
i see bread is smaller not as big per slice and is falls apart . toast it and you get more crumbs i told maxwell coffe about size and they say bigger price or smaller can. i buy master chef  coffee 2.00 for 10.5oz not maxwell house that cost 4.95 for 10.5 oz and it taste as good

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posted at 1/26/2013 1:55 PM EST
Posts: 1856
First: 10/8/2010
Last: 2/12/2014
Peanut butter is another thing.  It used to always be 18oz for the regular size jar.  Some still is, but some is only 16.  Must watch.  Some
 "1/2 gallon" icecream is only 48 oz now.  We have a local dairy that still make a real 1/2 gallon.
I also will not pay for the privilage of shopping in sam's. (We don't have a Costco).  Shopping sales and using coupons in regular stores will save as much.  Just l ike I will not pay to watch TV.  They can keep their cable, dish or whatever.

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posted at 1/26/2013 2:09 PM EST
Posts: 1038
First: 10/1/2008
Last: 4/19/2014
I have always kept a brownie mix in the house for when my youngest granddaughter comes over and is bored.  Recently, when she was over and wanted to take some brownies home, I pulled out the mix.  What a surprise, the mix now only makes a 8x8 or 9x9 pan of brownies instead of a 9x13 pan.  Later at my next visit to the store, I found that only Pillsbury has the 9x13 mix and it is labeled as "extra big" or something of the  sort.  What a rip off! 

Re: Down-sized products

posted at 1/26/2013 3:49 PM EST
Posts: 3406
First: 10/6/2010
Last: 4/15/2014
Package sized I don't notice much since I bake from "scratch" in many cases.  So the box of cake mix, the brownies I really don't notice.
I try not to keep ice cream in the house so when I do buy it I get a pint since I am the only one to eat it.  I know it is more expensive that way but I get it so rarely that I use it as a treat so it is a splurge in any case.

I do pay attention to the size of the toilet paper.  I look at the number of sheets per roll.
The surprising thing...have you noticed that the size of the individual sheet is smaller?
Please don't tell me my but(t) is larger 
Undecided

Re: Down-sized products

posted at 1/26/2013 3:52 PM EST
Posts: 1072
First: 10/2/2008
Last: 10/4/2013
It show you have to read, read the fine print.  Also notice weight.  You have to be a detective so to speak to find out the best buy.
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