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September 6, 2013

Frustrations mount over small-sized items

The topic of package and product ‘shrink’ never seems to get old with my readers! I’ve featured several stories about product sizes being reduced while the price stays the same. My savvy, observant readers have been busy spotting even more smaller-sized items.

Dear Jill,

This probably won’t matter to most, but it bugged me! I clean with a popular brand of dusters, which require a refill. As I recently purchased a box of 24 refills, the dusters have become noticeably smaller in length than the original product. The new dusters are perhaps two to three inches smaller than the original. I wish the company had just raised the price!

Barbara V.

Dear Jill,

Are they going to teach a new measuring system to the younger generation? A popular brand of mayonnaise now has a ‘quart’ jar that holds 30 ounces, and a gourmet ice cream brand touts its ‘pint’ of ice cream that holds 14 ounces. I guess 2 cups do not equal a pint anymore! This is crazy that they are cheating the American public. I guess they will now say jar instead of quart. This is just crazy!

Fran C.

Dear Jill,

I noticed a few months ago that 500-sheet reams of paper are still called reams, but some of them have 400 sheets now. I picked up one of these reams last week at the drugstore and while the price hasn’t changed, the package size sure has! Do they think we aren’t going to notice it’s missing 100 sheets of paper? I refused to buy it, which is what everyone should do if they are finding things that have gotten smaller. I refuse to buy the 400-sheet ream and went to an office supply store to get a real 500-sheet ream for the same price.

Bill C.

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