Is it just me or is the food and drink manufacturers and supermarkets trying to trick us? Over the last year I have been noticing that pack sizes are getting smaller. For example, chocolate bars, they use to come in packs of four but now many of the packs only contain three. When I was shopping yesterday I noticed that Mars and Snickers were on offer for £1, but on further inspection the packets only contained three bars, which is not such a good offer compared to a few months ago when they would be on offer for £1 but contained four bars.
Packets of crisps in muti-packs seem to be shrinking in comparison to ten years ago and bags of sweets and chocolates like Malteasers that use to contain 100g now only contain 88g but are still priced the same as before.
Diet coke, which I must confess is one of my bad addictions as I drink bottles of it on a daily basis, has now changed the standard bottle size from 2L to 1.75L and the supermarkets are still charging a pound a bottle when on offer, whereas they would do offers before for a pound a bottle on the 2L ones.
These changes may seem small and some people may think that it doesn’t matter, but the truth is that all of these things add up each week and over the space of a year we are really loosing out. From now on whenever I’m shopping I will be checking the pack sizes and working out if things really are as good of an offer as they appear.
The only problem is that with some things like diet coke I have no choice but to buy it no matter what size or price the bottle is as it is something that I can not go without. I will work on my addiction to diet coke in the future but for now I will just have to look out for the best offers possible and settle for the smaller bottles.
My message to the manufactures and supermarkets is that you are not fooling anyone, so why not stop reducing our pack sizes as it is hard enough to feed a family as it is, without your tricks and deception.