Can I Have A Bit Of Tantrum Here Quickly?

Everything shrinks, but the price continues to go up.
Its like everyone took a leaf out of American Airlines’s rule book after they started saving $70K a year by putting one less olive in their first class in-flight salads.

Let me give you some examples.

  • Boxes of tissues used to come in packs of either 100 or 200. Now its 90 or 180.
  • Iced Zoo biscuits used to have an animal shape stamped into the underside of the cookie as well as the icing animal on the top. And there used to be twice as much icing on top.
  • Pringles have shrunk. You know the “once you pop you can’t stop” chips? For one thing the tube is no longer tall enough to hold your spagetti. And for another thing – when I used to buy Pringles, the corners of my mouth would get raw because the chips were so big. No more.
  • Filled biscuits like Lemon Creams and Jolly Jammers have maybe half the filling in they used to have. As for twist-lick-dunk, have you tried it lately!? Don’t make me laugh.
  • Coldrink and beer used to come in a 340ml can. Then Coke had a “gas shortage” in 2005 or 2006, and after that the cans were 330ml.
  • And did you know that South African legislation states that bread should weigh 800g unless otherwise stated either on a label. What a cop out. When last did you weigh your bread?
  • Even eggs have been downsized. In South Africa an XL egg is a good 10g smaller than the ones classified as XL in the USA, Europe and Canada.

Quite frankly, it pisses me off.
I wish a simple blog post would be enough to tell big business and manufacturers just how much I hate being ripped off.

5 thoughts on “Can I Have A Bit Of Tantrum Here Quickly?

  1. My curiosity was originally sparked by a TV programme I saw a few years ago. A guy was comparing the sizes and volumes of various American products over the years and showed how each one had shrunk a little at a time.
    I started wondering about the things I use every day, and whether they would also shrink over time – over and above the increase in price.
    It infuriates me.

  2. Yup. I had a rant about it to Cadbury’s on their FB page a couple of days ago. Same thing has happened with All Gold tomato sauce, cereals and I’m sure with loads of other stuff.
    And it’s just plain greed – makes me sick!

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