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    I absolutely agree with all that you have been saying. I was telling my DH yesterday about the "well" in cream cheese. These companies really do think we consumers cannot tell what they are doing. When I was a young teen, Mom would give me $ .25. I could go to the theater, get a candy bar, and soda for that quarter. The best deal we have in the United States is a 49 cent stamp. For that money we can send a letter from Alaska to Hawaii and Maine to California. I had a friend in India and it cost her a full days wage to send a letter to me. Many of my cleaning products I make myself as well as making other things. Check out the DIY.com site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts View Post
    Did they think we would not notice the TP? We are all putting in on a holder that is made for TP as it was years ago, you can see the empty space on either side.

    I am so cheap I bypass the 1.5 quart ice cream and get the 5 quart in a plastic pail. Check the price per ounce on the shelf tags. Not premium but I add my homemade hot fudge sauce.
    Most ice cream that used to be 5 quarts is now 1.03 gallon, 4.12 quarts. Does that make us think it is more than 4 quarts.

    Cottonelle used to be 300 something per roll. Not it's 176. They call it the BIG roll. Yeah, sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Learner747 View Post
    I absolutely agree with all that you have been saying. I was telling my DH yesterday about the "well" in cream cheese. These companies really do think we consumers cannot tell what they are doing. When I was a young teen, Mom would give me $ .25. I could go to the theater, get a candy bar, and soda for that quarter. The best deal we have in the United States is a 49 cent stamp. For that money we can send a letter from Alaska to Hawaii and Maine to California. I had a friend in India and it cost her a full days wage to send a letter to me. Many of my cleaning products I make myself as well as making other things. Check out the DIY.com site.
    Oops! The web address is DIYnatural.com. She sends weekly emails and they are all interesting.
    Last edited by Learner747; 03-10-2014 at 07:48 PM. Reason: Error in web address.

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    My 20 lb. bag of dog food became a 17 lb. bag in the same 20 lb. size bag, now it is 15.5 lbs. in the same 20 lb. size.
    Do they really think we don't notice. DAH!
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    Scott brand has very thick rolls

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    Even my Dove soap has gotten smaller, but not the prices..

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    How can a product be new AND improved?

    I guess it's one of those crazy sayings we are used to. Why do we say hot water heater? Why are we heating hot water? Shouldn't it be a cold water heater, or better yet, just a water heater?

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    What gripes me is that the manufacturers think they are fooling us!

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    A couple months ago, hubby and I were at Home Depot. I used the ladies room and when I walked in, little bits of TP were everywhere. Of course they have the huge round holders for TP, so you guessed it, when I needed to use from the roll, it took about 5 times to get it rolling, 5 tiny bits on the floor. It is so thin and so heavy on that roll, it won't roll until you can get hold in the middle of a sheet. Which by the way is now only about 3" across.

    I pulled off some when I left and went to the manager. Told him the restroom was a mess, it had snowed. I then asked him if he really expected his customers (we had bought over $100 worth of mdse.) to use postage stamps when they needed to use the facilities while shoping in his establishment. Then I e-mailed the corporation when we got home. Such a waste because it really can't be used unles you pull off 10 ft of it. It was as tiny as calculator tape.

    As far as facial tissues. Check the boxes. When Scotties were on sale, I bought four, only to get home and fine they were an 1" narrower on both sides, only 70 in the box, instead of 80 AND the box is way too small to fit in the fancy tissue box covers in all of our rooms (they match the colors and decor). It's time the consumer gets very vocal and with e-mail, message boards and social media, we can flood manufactureres business. I took all four boxes back and when I got home, e-mailed Puffs and Kleenex. Told them if they do it, I'm buying handkerchiefs as I can't blow my nose on a postage stamp, and that's what they are.

    They made, TP " narrower a couple years ago. I e-mailed Cottonelle as the roll just spins on the holder. You won't believe her answer. She said it was CHEAPER TO SHIP WHEN IT WAS SMALLER (as if it's shipped one roll at a time). My reply back was, I knew some people were stupid enough to believe that but it's not your consumers. It's the dumbing down of America at it's best. Shipping? (rolling eyes) Yes, manufacturers think we are the dumbest people on earth.
    So start complaining. We know things cost more so just raise the price!

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    Making the TP cardboard so big around is the biggest waste. More trees need to be cut down and that part is not used. (Except for a few kids art classes.) If the roll were much smaller around, that would be less "air" being shipped, the cartons used could be smaller, you could get more in the truck, etc. They just think we are all stupid and can't see that. A few years ago, I heard of being able to buy core-less TP. That would be a savings. But the idea seems to have fizzled.
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    It's called sizeflation!

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    I thought I went thru that first roll awfully fast!

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    I knew products were downsizing, but it really hit home for me a couple years ago. I was walking down the baking aisle in Walmart and swore to goodness they were selling box mixes for Easy Bake Ovens. Nope. Downsized!

    It's gotten bad across the board and a previous poster was right. They've cut sizes about all they can; the next step will be price increases.

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    Is it me or does it appear like the bottom of Wendy's Frosty cups keep creeping up higher and higher toward the top rim giving you less and less Frosty?

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    I bought the same box of aluminium foil I always buy. Noticed later that it proclaimed in big, bright letters, "New Size." Before, it was 200 ft. long--now, 180 ft.-same price, of course. The box should have proclaimed, "Got you, sucker!"

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    Oh, yeah I have noticed! They must think we're blind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crafty pat View Post
    I have noticed this in Chairman, bounty and Puffs. And all the other things you have all talked about. a lot of fabric isn't as wide. Face creams and other makeup has thicker jars and less products. Here in Texas we have a wonderful ice cream called Blue Bell. They still sell by the gallon and pints. They keep their prices good and it is the best tasting ice cream ever so I buy nothing else.
    Love Blue Bell. It is the only ice cream I buy, Walgreens has a good price on it at least once a month. It is the only ice cream you can still get enough for the whole family out of one container, of course there are 6 of us.

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