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Examples Of Sneaky Food Price Inflation

Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 1:18 PM
I've been seeing this more in the news lately, but I came across a new example of this today as I was grocery shopping. It's a sneaky price hike in which instead of raising prices, they shrink the container size.

The example is a bottle of Ragu pasta sauce. From the picture, can you tell which is bigger?

Two bottles of Ragu Pasta Sauce

A closeup of the weight labels reveals the reduction.

closeup showing the weights

As you can see, the weight has shrunk from 26oz to 24oz which is a reduction of 7.70%. The price is the same as before. They are still selling the 26oz bottles, but these probably won't last much longer.

If you have other examples of this stealth price increase, please leave a comment. I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more of this if the recent energy and food inflation continues.
Ken TuminKen Tumin5,473 posts since
Nov 29, 2009
Rep Points: 125,800
1. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 6:18 PM
But food price inflation is not core inflation that the Fed looks at. Food could double in price but as long as flat-panel televisions or laptops decrease in price then there is no inflation according to the Fed. It's all a scheme devised to bankrupt the consumer.
ShorebreakShorebreak2,700 posts since
Apr 6, 2010
Rep Points: 14,636
2. Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 9:53 PM
I remember when Ragu and Prego had 32 ounces of sauce in the jar and when coffee had 36 ounces in the can. Doesn't seem that long ago.
Ally6770Ally6770944 posts since
Jan 16, 2010
Rep Points: 2,745
3. Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 9:17 PM
Keep an eye on packs of hot dogs going from 12 oz. to 11 oz. packages.
ShorebreakShorebreak2,700 posts since
Apr 6, 2010
Rep Points: 14,636
4. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 2:46 PM
Tuna cans are now 5 oz. What was 1/2 gallon of ice cream is now 48 oz. H-m-m.

May soon be thinner.
PattyPatty5 posts since
Oct 21, 2010
Rep Points: 15
5. Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 3:33 PM
Not just food being effected. Bars of soap are getting scoop marks in them to reduce weight same size package though, simple things like toilet paper sheets being more narrow and thinner. WTH.
RicochetRicochet135 posts since
Jan 19, 2010
Rep Points: 367
6. Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 12:00 AM
In spite of high unemployment and wages staying flat, the cost customers pay for items increased by 1.8 percent during 2012, according to the labor Department. While that is not a huge amount, it affects the price of staples we purchase each day and accumulates. Below is a survey of a few of these items.
allyjamesallyjames1 posts since
Jul 10, 2013
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7. Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 8:27 AM
They have been sneaking this up on us for years.  Yesterday I picked up a bottle of cooking oil which was on sale and noticed it was only 40 oz. now.  They all were.  They used to be 48 oz.  This is why I refuse to buy anything unless it is on sale.  If they are going to con us on what we are getting, we should at least get it for as cheap as possible!
paoli2paoli21,406 posts since
Aug 10, 2011
Rep Points: 6,152
8. Thursday, July 11, 2013 - 9:27 AM
Patty:  It never occurred to me they were giving less tuna for the price.  I rarely buy tuna and only when it is on sale. BTW, has anyone  buy me noticed that the place to get the regular price for 1/2 gals of milk is Walgreens?  I never buy it at grocery stores any longer.  Now if you buy it in the larger size, you might do better when your super market has sales but if you only buy 1/2 gals like I do, Walgreens is the place for best price so far.  I dislike milk so I don't use the bigger containers.   I think if someone did a concise check of the regularly used items, they would see most of them have changed to smaller sizes but are being sold at same or higher prices.   Like they think we are that stupid. They must think DA is really just to get best CD rates. :)
paoli2paoli21,406 posts since
Aug 10, 2011
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