Okay, so it’s been a long time since the last time I posted, but that’s because I’ve been busy! With the economy the way it is, even grumpy old people have to figure out how to make some bucks. Know why? Because it takes more and more money to buy crappier and cheaper junk in the stores!
I like to cook (because I like to eat), and I have recipes dating back to the Civil War. They don’t make food the way they used to, so I keep track of old ways of doing things. Those recipes call for things like 1 lb of lasagna noodles, or 16 oz of such and such a can. Can I get them in the stores? Nope. It’s now 12 oz of noodles, or 14-1/2 oz of canned stuff.
Apparently, food companies are so afraid that customers won’t buy their crap if the prices go up, they’ve decided to make the sizes smaller. We’ve seen it with candy bars for decades, and now those candy bars are so small they’re like peanuts! That would okay if I could still buy a regular, old-style candy bar by paying extra. But I can’t!
Food companies have all consolidated into one or two gigantic conglomerates. They go for economics of scale, and rather than offer individual options, they go for the bulk and the cheapest. The logic is: “Hey, we’re not selling any of those bigger candy bars, so let’s quit making them.”
They’re not selling them BECAUSE they’re not making them!
Remember when American companies grew their markets by making new stuff? By making better stuff? It was all about product and development, research and invention. Nowadays, it’s mostly about costs and “operations.” Companies make their money (profits) by cutting costs, firing people, reducing sizes, and doing everything other than making new products!
Bounty paper towels used to be decent. Now there are fewer pieces on a roll, and each towel is smaller. I had an old roll I found, and by accident compared the sheets with a new roll. Have the new sheets shrunk? Of course they have! All so Bounty can keep the price “almost” the same.
Pretty soon we’ll be living in Canada! Up there, everything is half the size of its counterpart here in the USA. At least it was, until recently. Can we do anything about it? Of course not! We’re only consumers! We have no say in the matter. That’s why we need a galactic lobbying group, like the ISOC!