Even The Cats Can’t Escape Smaller Packaging

The cats were running low on dry food, so I went to get some additional food for them.

It seemed to me as I was hefting the largest bag (best value) into the cart that it went in a little easier.  As I was standing in the middle of the store feeling pretty good about my apparent increase in arm strength, something dawned on me.

Maybe I shouldn’t be signing up for Mr. Universe after all!

Maybe, just like in the grocery store, they’re pulling off a price increase by shrinking the product size!

I don’t have definitive proof, but I’m pretty sure the bags used to contain eighteen pounds of food.  Now they contain sixteen.

In fact, if I were to go way back, I’m pretty sure I remember getting over twenty pounds at a time back at one point.  The cats have been eating the same food for quite a few years, so chances are, this isn’t the first ‘package reduction’ that they’ve done.

So, attention makers of Pro Plan cat food, if this is your latest gimmick, then shame on you for giving into the all too common practice of shrinking your package sizes as a way to rob your customers blind mask a price increase.

I wish companies would just have the guts to raise prices and leave the package sizes alone!  All it does is means that I have to go to the store all the more often and still pay more in the end anyways, plus having to use more gas and time because of the more frequent trips.

Thanks for nothing, Pro Plan!

4 thoughts on “Even The Cats Can’t Escape Smaller Packaging”

  1. That is so tricky! I haven't noticed if my regular cat food has changed size, I'll need to check it out next time I purchase some. However, it is odd we both posted kitty stories today…maybe our kitties are psychically linked 🙂

  2. I commented yesterday, but it seems to have disappeared.

    We buy cat food at the vet due to urinary probs for kitty #3. $53 a bag! This bag used to be 20 lbs, then it went to 18.5, then 17.5, now it is 16.5! Still $53 a bag though!

    A bag lasts about 6-8 weeks.

  3. I hate when they do this!

    I also noticed that there are a few chocolate bar makers that now curve they underside of the bar upward a bit more, while keeping the top curvature more flat. This of course, has the effect of hollowing out the candy bar to a higher degree.

    Another thing I noticed is that the heavy mugs for restaurant glasses have a much larger base, and some of the dishes are thicker at the bottom too. This enables the restaurant to serve less food discreetly! Bad form guys!

  4. I got tricked myself with Downy. I thought I was getting a good deal on Downy and I stocked up. It wasn't until I got home that I noticed that the new packaging was just slightly smaller and not a deal at all.

    I felt dumb not noticing. I have to give the marketers credit for shrinking the packaging just enough that it I didn't realize it until I saw the products right next to each other.

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