Smaller, But Not Cheaper - 04/15/14

  So, I opened up this bottle of puppy vitamins today.  Just look at this bottle in the picture here.  It's huge.  For scale purposes, it's longer than my hand.... it's about the size of  2 1/2 normal prescription bottles stacked on top of one another.  It's big.  However, the bottle size is deceiving.  Just look what was inside.  You can imagine my eyes when I finally got it open and saw what you see here in this second picture. There, in the very bottom fourth of this tall, tall container lay a small handful of vitamins. Just 60 of them.  Why waste all this plastic to make such a big bottle for 60 puny vitamins?

   The sad part is we'll likely see more of this in the coming months. No doubt you've noticed the rising cost of food.  The March Consumer Price Index showed food prices were up .4%.  That's the second month in a row this has happened and prices over the last year have gone up 1.4%.  

   Companies typically raise the price or make the product smaller when times are tough.  Price increases are readily visible to us, but this practice of the silent shrink is likely to go right over our heads at first.  Therefore, it's more palatable to consumers and companies don't have to hear the flack.   They just put in fewer vitamins... but keep the bottle BIG.  Put in less OJ --- there's just 59 oz. now.  Less dish detergent, same box.  From 30 oz now down to 24 oz.

    Ever noticed that indention in the bottom of your peanut butter jar?  Why do you think that's there?  You guessed it, to take up more space so the company doesn't have to give you that peanut butter you think you're paying for.

    Have you looked at a Saltine pack lately?  They've lost a few friends too.

 



  

 

Get This

Last Update on March 31, 2015 09:08 GMT

COPPER BULL

HURRICANE, Utah (AP) -- A copper bull is now a steer. The statue outside the Barista's restaurant in Hurricane, Utah, has lost its most prominent feature. Some in town weren't very bullish on the statue's oversized realism. Opponents even wanted the city council to revoke Barista's business license. Restaurant owner Stephen Ward has decided to modify the bull. But he tells the Spectrum newspaper he isn't bowing to community pressure. Ward says he decided the bull would -- quote -- "look better without the weenie."

TOILETS IN THE CITY

DENVER (AP) -- When you've got to go in downtown Denver -- there are not enough places to go. Officials are studying the need for more public bathrooms in the Mile High City. The Denver Post reports the city is dealing with the problem of people peeing in the streets. One city council woman notes downtown is becoming an increasingly popular area for the arts and sporting events. The Post reports a consulting firm is looking into the potty problem and is preparing a report for the council's April 11 community meeting.

BRAZIL-GOLD BAR

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- A rabbit's foot? No way. A horseshoe? Nope. One Brazilian businessman says his lucky charm is a bar of gold. Federal police report Werner Rydl was detained when he tried to board a plane with a 23-ounce gold bar. Globo television's G1 Internet portal reports the man's lawyer says his client has traveled the world with his gold bar and never had a problem. The lawyer describes his client as "eccentric." Federal police say the man didn't have the required receipt for the gold. He was freed pending trial.

AUTO SHOW-LINCOLN CONTINENTAL

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) -- Elvis Presley had one. So did Clark Gable. It was even the ride of presidents. Soon, you'll be able to buy a Lincoln Continental again, too. Thirteen years after the last Continental rolled off the assembly line, Ford is resurrecting the storied nameplate. The new Continental debuts in concept form at this week's New York auto show. The production version of the full-size sedan goes on sale next year. Ford also has high hopes for the new Lincoln in the rapidly growing Chinese auto market.

 
Advertise with us!