Thursday, November 5, 2009

Newsflash: Hard Times Hit Toilet Paper Industry

Photo by Est Bleu2007

First it was the hamburger: an almost imperceptible downgrade to a smaller bun and patty, all the while maintaining the price. Then it was yogurt: down from 8 ounces to 6. Same price. The toilet paper industry has evidently joined the bandwagon, so to speak. When replenishing the toilet paper in our bathroom and pitching the now-empty roll, I noticed the new roll (Quilted Northern, for those of you who wonder) is approximately one-quarter of an inch shorter than the old one. And you guessed it: same price. Pretty soon, they'll tell us a gallon (of whatever) is now a new, sleeker 125 ounces rather than the wasteful 128 ounces. And guess what? Same price.


wfields said...

Another example is the Ivory Body Wash! I couldn’t believe it when I went to Walmart and they had done that with this product. They actually went from something like a 32 oz. bottle to a 22 oz. bottle(maybe even less)and the price didn’t drop!!!! I was so mad I determined that I would make a special trip to HyVee or Price Chopper and buy the larger bottle there when I need it because even though it was slightly more expensive there than the originally sold large bottle at WalMart, at least they weren’t trying to COMPLETELY rip me off and act like I’m stupid! WalMart has not been the same since Sam Walton died! :-( So there's my rant for the day!!!

Sally said...

Suppose we should write them and complain?

John Atkinson said...

Heather, the down sizing will continue until the consumer stops buying. Coffee is not a pound and bacon is not a pound, but like you said the price stays the same.

As for toilet paper, I buy Smart Option at Food Lion.

Great blog!

Paul Nichols said...

Ever notice that a pound of coffee is now 11.5 ounces? How does that work?

Heather Trent Beers said...

It's a very sneaky thing they're doing, don't you think? And another thing: Now that a pound is 11.5 ounces, I have much more weight to lose than I originally did!