Yesterday i was doing my grocery shopping at a major Canadian chain grocery store. I bought a 3-lb. bag of Macintosh apples for $3.98. Nearby, was a tiered display of bags of apples on sale for $2.99, with a prominent sign for each variety, and the price. Why didn't I buy one of those? Because....if you looked closely, those bags were only 2 lb.! You were paying less, because you were getting less!
A little while later, I was in the dairy aisle, looking at yogourt. I finally selected a tub for $2.99. On my prior shopping trip, ten days or so earlier, I'd managed to get two tubs for $5.00. Those were a bargain -- especially because they were 750 grams each. The $2.99 tub contained only 650 grams. But what really got my goat was that, looking at all the brands, I realized they've all gone down to 650 grams -- but the containers are the same size as the 750-gram ones (I checked the one I bought yesterday with one I had in the recycling box from 10 days ago).
Still later, I was in the meat section, looking for the centre-cut pork loin chops advertised at $4 for 4 chops or $6 for 6 chops -- in other words, $1 a chop: a great deal for a single person like me. First I found the nice, thick lean centre-cut chops -- but not in packs of four or six, and definitely not at that price. Then I found the ones on sale -- thinner by a good 1/2 inch, and with a 1/2-inch or so rim of fat around the edge of each. Maybe a deal, but not as good quality, and not as much chop for the money, either!
I have to wonder: do the Powers That Be in supermarkets think their buyers have just fallen off the back of a truck? Or that they're so busy and stressed that they aren't paying attention to these sorts of deceptions?
Anyone else noticed this?