Food Packages Shrinking, Prices Stay the Same

Have You Noticed Shrinking Food Packages at the Supermarket?

No, that isn't your eyesight going bad on you: while you're paying the same old price for your favorite packaged foods, many of them are getting smaller. According to The New York Times, food companies, still sensitive to the country's high unemployment rate, have adjusted for rising costs of materials by camouflaging foods in smaller packages rather than simply hiking prices.

Among the guilty party? Chicken of the Sea tuna, bags of Doritos, Tostitos, and Fritos, Nabisco saltines, and Honey Maid graham crackers. This phenomenon's nothing new — we first noticed it in 2008 with ice cream containers (case in point: Haagen-Dazs), then cartons of Tropicana orange juice. Still, it's maddening to think that consumers can be fooled by smaller sizes. What have you noticed shrinking in size?

Source: Getty
Latest