Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Starbucks Shrinks A Whole Serving From Iced Espresso Classics

Good morning! It’s time to stumble to your kitchen and make something caffeinated to aim at your mouth. One handy way to do that when you’re especially sleepy is to buy pre-mixed iced coffee or espresso and milk drinks at a grocery or discount store. Only Starbucks, a popular maker of those drinks, has shrink rayed an entire serving out of their iced espresso drinks. [More]

Justin’s Almond Butter Hit With Shrink Ray, But Only At Walmart

Justin’s Almond Butter Hit With Shrink Ray, But Only At Walmart

One of the nice things about Justin’s brand nut butters is that they come in a jar that’s a full 16 ounces. Except, reader EC learned recently, at Walmart. Since his last purchase of a nut butter jar last year, the packaging has changed… and so has the volume of almond butter in the jar. [More]

Procter & Gamble Explains Why Powdered Tide Suddenly Needs A Bigger Scoop

Procter & Gamble Explains Why Powdered Tide Suddenly Needs A Bigger Scoop

Earlier this week, we shared a reader’s photo of the new and larger scoop in her box of Tide detergent. Normally, we’d be happy when a company offers something bigger, but in this case it appeared that Tide-maker Procter & Gamble was trying to make customers use more detergent and finish off their boxes faster. Someone from the company’s “Fabric Care Communications” team reached out to explain why they made this change. [More]

Tide Makes Powder Detergent Scoop Bigger For No Clear Reason

Tide Makes Powder Detergent Scoop Bigger For No Clear Reason

Reader N. has some laundry that’s pretty dirty. She has a toddler, who uses cloth diapers. Yet she’s never used more than one scoop of her preferred detergent, Tide powder. She was surprised recently to open up the box and find a bigger scoop inside the box. Who needs this much detergent? Is Procter & Gamble trying to get customers to overdose on suds? [More]

Gift-Wrap Shrink Ray: Walmart’s Labels Are A Little Smaller

Gift-Wrap Shrink Ray: Walmart’s Labels Are A Little Smaller

It’s not just food that the Grocery Shrink Ray hits: we’ve seen it strike everything from grooming products to warranties. We haven’t ever seen a Christmas label shrink ray, though, until Dave sent these pictures comparing labels purchased at Walmart during different years. [More]

Charmin Shaves A Fraction Of An Inch Off Wet Wipes For Adults

Charmin Shaves A Fraction Of An Inch Off Wet Wipes For Adults

There’s still disagreement between wet wipes manufacturers and plumbers and sewage workers about whether “flushable” wet wipes should actually be flushed. What we do know is that one brand of adult wipes, Charmin, has shrunk their product slightly so there’s slightly less in each square to flush. Or not flush. You probably shouldn’t flush them. [More]

SodaStream Dilutes And Shrinks Flavor Syrup Bottles

SodaStream Dilutes And Shrinks Flavor Syrup Bottles

A lot of Consumerist readers are Sodastream fans, and a number of you wrote in with some sad news: as part of a redesign of its proprietary line of flavoring syrups, the bottles are now smaller. How much smaller? The old version made 50 servings of flavored drink, and the new versions make only 29. Why 29? Why not 30? Such are the mysteries of the Grocery Shrink Ray. [More]

Rare Grocery Growth Ray Sighting At Costco: Detergent Grows By 10 Pods

Rare Grocery Growth Ray Sighting At Costco: Detergent Grows By 10 Pods

While detergent pods still have some safety issues and still sort of look a little bit like candy, here’s one inspiring piece of news about them. A few weeks ago, we wrote about Costco’s Kirkland Signature pods shrinking, losing 10 pods from a 130-pod package. Costco contacted us to point out that our reader actually got this backwards: they had recently made the packages bigger, not smaller. [More]

Mustard Shrink Ray Squeezes Out An Ounce From Redesigned Bottle

Mustard Shrink Ray Squeezes Out An Ounce From Redesigned Bottle

Mary bought a new bottle of Heinz mustard, but noticed something when she got the bottle of the condiment home. The bottle had been redesigned, which masked a strike from the Grocery Shrink Ray. Even worse, she thinks that the flavor is now worse. Or does it just seem that way because the jar is smaller? [More]

Costco Shrink Rays Bins Of Detergent Pods Ever So Slightly

Costco Shrink Rays Bins Of Detergent Pods Ever So Slightly

The Grocery Shrink Ray stealthily takes away small portions of all kinds of consumer products: food, beverages, personal care items, and cleaning supplies. Even the super-sized containers at Costco aren’t immune: 130 loads of laundry since his last purchase, Ed noticed that his newest container has fewer detergent pods in it than the last one. Update: Actually, Costco increased the quantity of pods! [More]

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Aldi Bread, Gillette Anti-Perspirant

Grocery Shrink Ray Strikes Aldi Bread, Gillette Anti-Perspirant

The Grocery Shrink Ray quietly removes almost imperceptible bits of our packaged goods, gradually shrinking some products over time so manufacturers can avoid raising prices. Once you’re aware of it, you begin to notice it every time you buy a slightly smaller replacement for a product that you use regularly. Two readers who bought bread and deodorant noticed exactly that. [More]

Slack Fill: The Grocery Shrink Ray’s Sneakier Twin

Slack Fill: The Grocery Shrink Ray’s Sneakier Twin

What does it mean to under-fill a consumer product package? We’ve all opened boxes and bags that seemed more full before we saw what was inside, or a few tiny over-the-counter pills in a bottle stuffed with cotton. When is this considered “misleading,” and when is it just a normal thing that protects products? [More]

2 Ounces Quietly Shrink Rayed From Economy-Size Bottles Of Shout

2 Ounces Quietly Shrink Rayed From Economy-Size Bottles Of Shout

Jarrod was shopping at Target when he noticed something: there were two different designs of Shout bottles on the shelf. Since redesigns often mask strikes of the Grocery Shrink Ray, he checked the labels, even though the bottles appeared to be the same size. Indeed, the 32-ounce “economy size” bottle shrank down to 30 ounces, but at least the price came down, too. [More]

Dollar Tree Shrink Rays One Scoop Out Of Nacho Cheese Dip

Dollar Tree Shrink Rays One Scoop Out Of Nacho Cheese Dip

Dollar stores have a unique challenge: their price point is right there in their name. Chains like Family Dollar and Dollar General have instead turned into what could most accurately be called dollar-ish discount stores, but Dollar Tree still holds itself to the $1 price point, and that apparently means shrink raying its private-label food items to keep prices consistent. [More]

Walmart Advises Manufacturers Against Misleading Packaging

Walmart Advises Manufacturers Against Misleading Packaging

In apparent response to increased scrutiny on retail overcharging and manufacturers who are trying to hide the fact that customers are getting less than they used to, Walmart has asked its suppliers to make sure that their packaging isn’t misleading to customers. [More]

SpaghettiOs Celebrates 50th Birthday By Shrinking Cans To 14 Ounces

SpaghettiOs Celebrates 50th Birthday By Shrinking Cans To 14 Ounces

Happy 50th birthday, Spaghetti-Os! You’re a fun and traditional American brand and the favorite food of 4-year-olds across the nation. How are you going to celebrate? By taking back up to an ounce of your former can size? That doesn’t sound very festive, SpaghettiOs. [More]

Snyder’s Of Hanover Shrinks Tortilla Chip Bags By 3.5 Ounces To Fit In

Snyder’s Of Hanover Shrinks Tortilla Chip Bags By 3.5 Ounces To Fit In

The definition of how much food should be in a “family size” package is kind of fuzzy, but it’s apparent that snack food company Snyder’s of Hanover thinks that our families need to eat fewer tortilla chips. One perceptive tortilla chip fan reports that their “family size” bags are in the process of shrinking from 16 ounces to 12.5. [More]

Olay Shrink Rays Soap Bars, Users Remain Ageless And Beautiful

Olay Shrink Rays Soap Bars, Users Remain Ageless And Beautiful

Jacob doesn’t buy soap very often, since his preferred brand is available in a 6-bar bulk pack. He discovered the last time he stocked up that the bars have considerably less bulk in them than they used to, though: each bar is now one quarter of an ounce lighter, for a total of one and a half ounces less soap in the bulk pack. [More]