There is one economic area where people do still spend money, whatever the economic circumstances are: food. Grocery stores are not suffering as much as any other retail sector, that is a simple fact, and it explains Canadian Tire’s move.
However, some corporations are using the economic crisis as an excuse to take advantage of us, poor human beings looking to feed, by downsizing their packaging.
I had noticed this downsizing phenomon in years past, the 1L containers shrinking to 960 ml, or 500g becoming 450g, but at the same price! Most of the time, it was an isolated situation. Not anymore.
In the past few weeks:
What about our good old boxes of cereal? They are changing format too. And since supermarkets want to get rid of their stock, you can now find cereal boxes of different sizes – but they look the same! For instance, you can buy Post’s Honey Bunches of Oats in the old 510 g format and in the new 411 g format. A 19% size change. And apparently, Kellogg is doing the same. You can complain to Post by calling 1-800-431-POST, and to Kellogg by calling 1-888-876-3750.
Thank God, some corporations are not going to use the economic crisis as an excuse to take advantage of consumers. In fact, they’ll go as far as denouncing their competitors, and in this corner we have to give kudos to Ben & Jerry for their staunch defence of the pint of ice cream, which has been abandoned by Häagen Dazs in favor of a smaller 14 oz container – a pint is 16 oz. You can complain to Häagen Dazs by calling 1-888-963-7853.