Friday, February 13, 2015

Sneaky, sneaky

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

It's been about a year since I bought a box of Ritz crackers.  I like Ritz crackers. The ones I bought last year were in the shape of a snowflake. In fact, they were so cute, I bought FOUR boxes of them and we were still eating those snowflakes in the summer.  But Mr. L got tired of them (not me, but then he was the one enjoying them), and we moved on to Pepperidge Farm butterflies.

But then the other day Mr. L said, "Hey, why don't you get some Ritz crackers when you shop?" I said, "Put it on the list."

I do not only our shopping, but my Mom's shopping, too.  It was a miserable cold day and I was in a hurry, so I tossed the crackers in the cart, and came home.

When I unpacked the groceries I thought,"Gee, this box looks small."  It was only ten or so ounces.  When I went to open it last night, I noticed that, not only were the sleeves of crackers at least an inch shorter, but there were THREE sleeves of crackers, when there had always been four.

I know that food manufacturers are famous for making smaller quantities of stuff and not changing the price, and even have the audacity to say, "Now with less calories" because, yeah, you eat a smaller portion it's GOING to have less calories.  But only three sleeves of Ritz crackers in a box?  That ought to be criminal.

What changes have YOU seen to one of your favorite foods (or anything else, for that matter)?
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Cookie manufacturers, too. They are sneaky, aren't they? :)

Robert Giddings said...

Oreos used to come in 1LB packs. Ice cream 1/2 gallons are history. Coffee is a big violator, what used to be a pound is now 12 oz. Even my breloved cranberry juice has snuck from 64 oz to 60 oz.

On a related note, the Red Velvet Oreo, not that good.

Zena Weldon said...

I first noticed this in a box of tissues. The tissues were shorter than the box and thinner with same box and same price. Now I see this in more and more products. Bags filled half way or more with air. Pasta and cracker boxes with an inch missing on top. Many products are touted as "on sale" and actually the price fits the reduced amount of product. As if we wouldn't notice! My senator has been writing about increased medicine prices so I wrote him about this - deceptive packaging and pricing in many products. For those of us receiving Social Security benefits, the annual increase when given barely covers increased insurance premiums, and not the increased cost of having to purchase more of grocery store items to obtain the same amount of product as in the past.

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Very sneaky indeed!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Thanks for the Red Velvet Oreo report. I try to avoid cookies, but those lemon Oreos sound delish. Anybody know if they're any good?

Lorraine Bartlett said...

Even tissues? Wow. I'll have to look into that.

Anonymous said...

I also noticed this deception with Ritz crackers although I did get 4 sleeves. Loose crackers and cereal are harder to find out because I don't always look at the weight and don't buy cereal very often. Kudos to Nabisco Saltines because the boxes are as big as ever and are full.

Re: lemon Oreos---pretty good with a nice lemony taste. Also like the mint ones which have been around at least 12-13 years.

SandyG265 said...

I bought a package of keilbasa the other day. When I got it home I relized it was only about thirteen ounces instead of a pound.

Linda Rima said...

Toilet paper. The number of sheets per roll & the size of one sheet is smaller, too. And don't think how short roll is becoming. I swear that soon I'll be able to fit 2 rolls on my standard bathroom toilet paper holder! LOL!

Linda Rima said...

Notice that medications for increasing Heath conditions ( I.e. diabetes) keep going up. 3 medications that I take have risen up from 40-50 a year to each being $100 copayment. The only reason it stopped at $100 was insurance cap on copayment. When I complained, I was reassured that it wasn't going higher. At least for the current year. Sorta like the cartoon with pharmacist " your money or your life"

Aurian said...

That sure is sneaky. I think it sometimes with my favourite chips, at first a whole bag would overflow my bowl, and now, there is enough room for a lot more chips ...

Zena Weldon said...

My two medications went from less than $100 per month to $600 per month in just under ten years. I make sure to pay the insurance premiums first each month. I asked my doctor and her assistant and they had no idea of the cost of the medications they prescribe. Interesting. On another note, the price of fresh vegetables and fruit may go up, but at least I can see what I'm getting when I buy locally and/or the packaging is clear (bags and shells), although the packaging becomes a recycle item.

Linda Hoberg said...

I noticed it awhile ago with the Ritz crackers. I have a Ritz cracker tin that fits 4 sleeves and they use to go to the top, now they are at least and inch shorter. I still can get boxes with 4 sleeves though. Cookies have such deceptive packaging I rarely buy them. Everything is less product for more money. Most sugar is in 4 pound bags instead of 5 pound bags.