This Oscar Mayer Turkey Is Spicier, And There’s Less Of It

This Oscar Mayer Turkey Is Spicier, And There’s Less Of It

Sure, extra spices really add something to a prepared food item. Do they add enough to justify making packages a whole ounce lighter? Well… in the case of this Oscar Mayer shaved turkey that got slightly spicier but lost an ounce, the answer is “probably not.” [More]

Laundry Shrink Ray Zaps Tide Slightly, Keeps Number Of Loads The Same

Laundry Shrink Ray Zaps Tide Slightly, Keeps Number Of Loads The Same

Can you shave a few milliliters off the amount of detergent that you use in every load of laundry and still get your clothes as clean? You probably can, but we’re curious after checking out this slight change in the amount of Tide detergent in a bottle while the number of loads per bottle remains unchanged. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Ladles Out 2.5 Ounces Of Del Monte Pasta Sauce

Grocery Shrink Ray Ladles Out 2.5 Ounces Of Del Monte Pasta Sauce

Del Monte recently redesigned its cans of pasta sauce. “New look, same great taste!” brags the label. Yes, the new label is bright and cheery, emphasizing fresh tomatoes. Very nice. Reader Joey spotted an older can on the shelf, though: one with two and a half ounces more of saucy goodness. [More]

Researchers Claim The Disease That Is Facebook Will Fade Out In A Matter Of Years

Researchers Claim The Disease That Is Facebook Will Fade Out In A Matter Of Years

While we’ve all been sitting here worried about the coming zombie apocalypse, the truth is we’ve already been infected. But instead of rotting flesh and vacant eyes, we’ve been infected by Facebook (which also is known to cause vacant eyes and drooling if you stare at it too long). Researchers say the cure is coming, or at least this infectious disease will fade out in the coming years. [More]

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

Target Zaps Itself With Shrink Ray To Create Teensy TargetExpress

A decade ago, the trend in big retail stores like Target was to get larger and larger, with mega-sized SuperTargets popping up around the country. Then the country’s over-mortgaged house of cards collapsed and smaller was all the rage, resulting in CityTarget stores in 2012. But that’s apparently not small enough, with the retailer set to go even smaller with new TargetExpress stores. [More]

Breakfast Shrink Ray: Chobani Yogurt, Special K Shave Off Weight

Breakfast Shrink Ray: Chobani Yogurt, Special K Shave Off Weight

When food companies need to work on their profit margin but don’t want to raise prices, they deploy the Grocery Shrink Ray. The Shrink Ray lets them charge the same amount for fractionally less food. Today, we have most of a Shrink Rayed breakfast: it’s been deployed on Kellogg’s Special K Protein cereal and Chobani yogurt cups. [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Shaves An Ounce Of Precious Vegetables From Reader’s Diet

Grocery Shrink Ray Shaves An Ounce Of Precious Vegetables From Reader’s Diet

Reader Jen admits that her diet is not perfect, but she does eat some vegetables. She enjoys buying Birdseye microwaveable frozen vegetables, the Steamfresh kind that cook right in the handy bag. Only the company has taken away a precious ounce of veggies by deploying the Grocery Shrink Ray on her veggie pouch of choice. [More]

Let’s Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner From 1929

Let’s Prepare Thanksgiving Dinner From 1929

Sure, putting on a Thanksgiving dinner isn’t cheap or easy today, but what about mere weeks after the Stock Market Crash of 1929? A few years ago, I found a sample holiday menu plan in a newspaper article from 74 years ago, and wondered: what would this feast for four people for $7.89 cost today? [More]

Charmin Deploys Toilet Paper Sheet Shrink Ray, Slims Rolls Down

Charmin Deploys Toilet Paper Sheet Shrink Ray, Slims Rolls Down

Sad news, Halloween pranksters: if you want to decorate a neighbor’s house with toilet paper (say, if they hand you a letter calling you fat instead of candy or a cheap toy) the property might seem slightly less decorated than in the past. Why’s that? The TP sheet shrink ray.  [More]

Appearances Aren’t Deceptive: Axe Didn’t Shrink-Ray Hair Products

Appearances Aren’t Deceptive: Axe Didn’t Shrink-Ray Hair Products

It’s probably sad that we have to go out of our way and celebrate every time that a company redesigns a product’s packaging and doesn’t reduce the amount of product in the package while keeping the same price. Yet it’s a noteworthy enough occurrence that we like to call attention to and praise the companies that aren’t shaving a little or a lot off in the name of cost-cutting. [More]

Now I Get Less Paul Mitchell Hair Styling Product For More Money

Now I Get Less Paul Mitchell Hair Styling Product For More Money

JD uses a hair product. A tea tree oil-infused styling product from Paul Mitchell, to be precise, that he picks up at Supercuts. He recently got a new supply, but noticed something terrible when he picked it up. The price was slightly higher…and there was slightly less in the jar. It’s the Manly Hair Care Product Shrink Ray! [More]

Ghirardelli Shamelessly Removes 5.5 Ounces From Hot Chocolate Can

Ghirardelli Shamelessly Removes 5.5 Ounces From Hot Chocolate Can

We could feel Brian’s despair through the screen. How else should a person feel when they lose five ounces of Ghirardelli hot chocolate powder? “Downsized!” he wrote to us using the Consumerist tipster app. “Price stays same!” [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits Pampers, Country Crock, Kevita

Grocery Shrink Ray Hits Pampers, Country Crock, Kevita

Disposable diapers, carbonated probiotic drinks, and “spreadable butter.” What do they have in common? They’re all recent victims of the Grocery Shrink Ray, spotted by our alert readers across the country. [More]

Keebler Elves Get Hold Of Grocery Shrink Ray, Remove 2.3 Ounces Of Club Crackers

Keebler Elves Get Hold Of Grocery Shrink Ray, Remove 2.3 Ounces Of Club Crackers

You might have thought that the Keebler elves stand for all that’s good and pure in cookie and cracker making, but they’re only cartoon characters. The one-pound box of Keebler’s Club crackers has lost some weight, and now contains only 13.7 ounces. [More]

Shake ‘N’ Bake Shrink Ray Shakes Off Half An Ounce Per Packet

Shake ‘N’ Bake Shrink Ray Shakes Off Half An Ounce Per Packet

Reader Maurice noticed while grocery shopping that Kraft shook about half an ounce per packet from their famed meat coating, Shake ‘n’ Bake. That reduces the size by one ounce for the two-packet, 4.5-ounce box, and by two ounces for the larger four-packet “value size” box. [More]

Renuzit Changes Air Freshener Design, Size, Smelly Staying Power

Renuzit Changes Air Freshener Design, Size, Smelly Staying Power

“As in all redesigns, you get less,” observes reader Andrew when talking about the changes in Renuzit gel air fresheners. The product is now half an ounce smaller, and looks different. Like a Glade clone, he observes, because he obviously pays a lot more attention to air fresheners than we do. [More]

Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Loses One Ounce, Box Gets Taller

Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Loses One Ounce, Box Gets Taller

I wish I could lose 7% of my body mass and get taller at the same time, but I’m out of luck…because I’m not a box of cereal. Reader Panda discovered that this amazing change has come to Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut cereal. It was hit by the Grocery Shrink Ray, but at the same time sustained a hit from the Box Growth Ray. Which might be a thing. [More]

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Call It Desheeting Or Bulking Up: Any Way You Wipe It, It’s Less Toilet Paper At The Same Price

Regular readers of Consumerist are familiar with what we call the Grocery Shrink Ray, that phenomenon wherein an item sold at X price at a retailer shrinks in size but still costs X amount. In the toilet paper and tissue industry it’s called “desheeting”  or even “bulking up” instead but essentially means the same thing: less product, same price, which means more money for the item’s makers. [More]