Exotic SpaghettiO Flavors Render Recent Shrink Rayage Less Logical

Exotic SpaghettiO Flavors Render Recent Shrink Rayage Less Logical

We were under the impression that when SpaghettiOs Shrink Rayed their standard-size cans to 14 ounces across all flavors to celebrate the product’s 50th birthday, this was done to harmonize the package size across the whole brand. Plain pasta in tomato-ish sauce, sliced hot dogs, meatballs: across the board, they would all be 14 ounces. That made sense. Then we saw the pizza flavor. [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]

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Sears Hires Experienced Consumer Appliance Executive To Run Hardlines, Maybe Sell Stuff

In a department or discount store, “hardlines” refers to tools, appliances, and furniture: the items that your parents still shop at Sears for, but that you don’t. Sears has hired a new executive in charge of their hardlines departments, which include the company’s three most important house brands: Kenmore appliances, Diehard automobile batteries, and Craftsman tools. [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]

No More “TargetExpress” Or “CityTarget,” Just Small Target Stores

No More “TargetExpress” Or “CityTarget,” Just Small Target Stores

Between TargetExpress and CityTarget, the country’s No. 2 big box retailer appears to have the mini urban store market down. But when you operate three similarly named stores, there’s bound to be a bit of confusion, right? Apparently that’s the case for Target, which now plans to rebrand its smaller-format stores to, you guessed it: Target. [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]

Discover Shrink Rays Credit Card Benefits

Discover Shrink Rays Credit Card Benefits

Sure, we’ve all heard of the Grocery Shrink Ray, but gradually shrinking consumer products doesn’t just apply to physical items. Warranties can shrink, and the services that you receive as part of an account or a subscription can shrink too. Readers are reporting that their Discover card benefits will shrink as of next week, so we have bad news if you were very attached to Discover’s travel insurance, baggage delay insurance, and roadside assistance. [More]

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Procter & Gamble Settles With California Over Allegedly Misleading Moisturizer Boxes

When an item is costly by the ounce and comes in very small containers, how can you make the product seem more substantial while also making it harder to steal? Many companies that make expensive things to smear on your face solve this problem by adding a false bottom to jars. Procter & Gamble’s Olay brand was accused of doing this by four California counties, and has agreed to settle the lawsuit by changing the product’s packaging and paying a civil penalty. [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]

Watkins Sues McCormick Over Pepper, Makes Federal Case Out Of Grocery Shrink Ray

Watkins Sues McCormick Over Pepper, Makes Federal Case Out Of Grocery Shrink Ray

You know what a McCormick ground pepper tin looks like if you’ve ever bought pepper or browsed an American spice aisle. They’re rectangular and have spouts on each end for sprinkling or pouring the contents. Yet have you noticed how much pepper there is in the container? Competing spice-seller Watkins is paying attention, and it’s accusing McCormick of shrinking all sizes of its pepper containers by 25%. [More]

Cottonelle Shrink Rays Toilet Paper Squares

Cottonelle Shrink Rays Toilet Paper Squares

When you need to use some Cottonelle toilet paper, do you find that the sheets feel just a bit narrower in your hand? Probably not: that’s the sneaky nature of the Grocery Shrink Ray. Rolls of Cottonelle Ultra toilet paper lost just a fraction of an inch from each square, but that adds up to a big loss in square footage in a whole package. [More]

Dawn Shrinks Dish Soap 2 Ounces, Plasters Bottle With ‘2X More’

Dawn Shrinks Dish Soap 2 Ounces, Plasters Bottle With ‘2X More’

Jill noticed that there were two different designs of Dawn dish detergent on the shelf. As a savvy consumer, she knew that sometimes a redesign can mask a strike from the Grocery Shrink Ray. Indeed, the new bottles contained two fewer ounces of detergent, yet advertise that they contain “2X More.” Wait…two times more of what?

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