Shrinking packaging of food; They are nickel and diming people for their High Fructose Corn Syrup now!

I’m surprised they have to do this. The marginal cost of a little extra food is insignificant. Most of the expense is in packaging and marketing! So this is a scam many times over. As Schiff points out, all this is doing is forcing people to buy more packaging.

We need to teach people to buy 25 pound bags of rice and beans and barley and oats sweet potatoes, and go to farmer’s markets 10 minutes before it closes to snap up vegetables and fruit on the cheap, and eat eggs for animal protein.

I am not Paleo. I eat oats and barley and am quite well on it. It fills you up. Also, potatoes and sweet potatoes and chick peas and lentils. I go for 6 hours without eating after such a meal.

If people actually demanded locally produced vegetables and fruits in greater quantities, more would be produced and the price would come down. It would stimulate local processing/preservation, and CSA farms would buy from local gardeners to add to their offerings.

We need higher and higher and higher priced Corn Syrup! Bring it on!

I got winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beans, tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, radishes, garlic and the usual fruits and berries going this year. Really trying to get a good yield of sweet potatoes this year. Will keep everyone posted. I can tell you, this is hard work, but it’s very satisfying.

The thing to do is get bags of rice, oats, barley, beans in bulk, and grow your own fruits and vegetables.


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7 Responses to Shrinking packaging of food; They are nickel and diming people for their High Fructose Corn Syrup now!

  1. Paladin Justice says:

    Keebler chocolate chip cookies: a couple of years ago 18 ounces; then down to 15, then down to 13 ounces; now 11 ounces–I’ve rounded off the fractions of an ounce. All this shrinkage in two short years.

    MW, how much land do you have in total and devoted to the food garden?

  2. (Commenter) says:

    Yes, I noticed this myself years ago. The plastic dividers between the compartments on many foods got bigger, also the one time I buy boxed candy is on the holidays, and the Whitman’s sample has had less chocolates/candies in it and the ones remaining are mostly the easier to make or cheaper ones.

  3. Ryu says:

    They’re just really greedy. They want to squeeze every penny of profit out of the people.

  4. Anon says:

    it is an easy way to hide inflation.

    • mindweapon says:


      But the thing is, it’s not necessary. The marginal cost of a little more food is fractions of pennies. The biggest costs of packaged food is the packaging, marketing, and labor associated with moving it from the factory to the store. They could pack those boxes and jars with food to the brim and the added cost would be a pittance. What they are doing is forcing people to buy more packaging!

      I think I’m going to start a local Craigs List group, “how to eat cheap” and show them what to do with bags of rice and beans.

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