There is no question that our country is experiencing difficult economic times. People are out of work; salaries and wages are frozen, or they are being cut. Yet in the face of these difficulties, it is business as usual for the creators of consumer products. Sticking it to the booboisie seems to be that usual business.
I eat half-dozen graham crackers every morning. Here they are. The amazing shrinking dollar value at your local store. This package contains ten percent less product by weight than did the previous package. In addition, the price at the checkout has increased by twenty percent. Arithmetic problem for you and the kiddies: What is the actual percentage increase in the price of these graham crackers? Hint: the answer is not thirty percent.
Be assured that any time you see new packaging or a new menu at your favorite restaurant that you will be paying higher prices than you were before.
The ice cream container shown here is the astounding three-pint half-gallon. In other words, it contains only 75% of the product contained in the previous packaging, even though it 'looks like' a half-gallon. Yet the cost to you is the same.
If I'm not mistaken, and I might be, this trend started years ago with the introduction of the thirteen ounce pound of coffee. Now everybody's doin' it.