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Daily Q&A: Are more products being sold in smaller packages but for the same price?

It seems more and more products are being sold in smaller packages but for the same price. Is this basically a trend consumer should expect?

It is true. More companies are reducing the size of the packaging of their products without reducing the cost of the product.

Consumer Reports reviewed several products and found they have been reduced by as much as 20 percent. Here's a list of what they tested:

• Tropicana orange juice. Old size: 64 ounces. New: 59 ounces;

• Ivory dish detergent. Old size: 30 ounces. New: 24 ounces;

• Kraft American cheese. Old size: 24 slices. New: 22 slices

• Kikland Signature (Costco) paper towels. Old size: 96.2 square feet. New 85 square feet;

• Haagen Dazs ice cream. Old size was 16 ounces. Now 14 ounces;

• Scott toilet tissue. Old size: 115.2 square feet. New: 104.8 square feet;

• Lancane first aid spray. Old size 113 grams. New 99 grams;

• Chicken of the Sea salmon. Old size: 3 ounces. New 2.6 ounces;

• Classico pesto. Old size: 10 ounces. New 8.1 ounces;

• Hebrew National franks. Old size: 12 ounces. New 11 ounces.

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Daily Q&A: Are more products being sold in smaller packages but for the same price? 01/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 2:20pm]
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