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    • MSE Nick RK
    • By MSE Nick RK 24th Jul 17, 2:21 PM
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    MSE News: Thousands of everyday products get smaller while prices stay the same
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    • 24th Jul 17, 2:21 PM
    MSE News: Thousands of everyday products get smaller while prices stay the same 24th Jul 17 at 2:21 PM
    More than 2,500 everyday products have shrunk in size over the last five years, but their prices have not, official figures have revealed.


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    'Thousands of everyday products get smaller while prices stay the same - here's how to beat 'shrinkflation'

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    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 24th Jul 17, 2:22 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 2:22 PM
    Does any of this get included in measures of inflation?
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 24th Jul 17, 2:46 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 2:46 PM
    Now I need to know, which supermarkets are worse and which brands/manufacturers are the most guilty.
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 24th Jul 17, 3:04 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 3:04 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 3:04 PM
    Does any of this get included in measures of inflation?
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    No as the price of a packaged good like a Mars bar is only accounted for. Not it's net weight (actual weight of the goods excluding all packaging)

    This is a flaw in the statistical analyse used to calculate inflation rates.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 24th Jul 17, 3:27 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 3:27 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 3:27 PM
    No as the price of a packaged good like a Mars bar is only accounted for. Not it's net weight (actual weight of the goods excluding all packaging)

    This is a flaw in the statistical analyse used to calculate inflation rates.
    Originally posted by gsmlnx
    I wonder what the real inflation rate is then!
    • glensmen
    • By glensmen 24th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 8:17 PM
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    No as the price of a packaged good like a Mars bar is only accounted for. Not it's net weight (actual weight of the goods excluding all packaging)

    This is a flaw in the statistical analyse used to calculate inflation rates.
    Originally posted by gsmlnx
    Office for National Statistics say otherwise.

    https://visual.ons.gov.uk/shrinkflation-and-the-changing-cost-of-chocolate/

    "When working out our published inflation rates, we always adjust our prices data to take account of changing pack sizes."
    • gsmlnx
    • By gsmlnx 24th Jul 17, 8:44 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 8:44 PM
    @glensmen
    My mistake, the press article I read before posting here indicated that they didn't take it into account. Thanks for the link.
    • robin58
    • By robin58 24th Jul 17, 10:29 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 10:29 PM
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    • 24th Jul 17, 10:29 PM
    Yawn!. Anybody with half a brain knew this was happening.

    Didn't need the ONS to waste my money on the research.
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    • VoucherMan
    • By VoucherMan 25th Jul 17, 5:34 AM
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    • 25th Jul 17, 5:34 AM
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    • 25th Jul 17, 5:34 AM
    More than 2,500 everyday products have shrunk in size over the last five years,
    Originally posted by MSE Nick RK
    Only 5 years?
    MSE's already had a thread on the topic for over 7 years.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4765235
    • antrobus
    • By antrobus 25th Jul 17, 11:44 AM
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    Does any of this get included in measures of inflation?
    Originally posted by ringo_24601
    Yes. The ONS aren't that stupid. They take it into account.
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 25th Jul 17, 11:46 AM
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    Yes. The ONS aren't that stupid. They take it into account.
    Originally posted by antrobus
    I did a quick search and you're right, they aren't that stupid!

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/inflationandpriceindices/articles/theimpactofshrinkflationoncpihuk/january2012tojune2017
    • paulharding150
    • By paulharding150 25th Jul 17, 1:04 PM
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    Well it's either make a product slightly smaller, or put the price slightly up.

    Which ever option a company choose I think some people would complain!
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    • LadyDee
    • By LadyDee 25th Jul 17, 4:13 PM
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    And this is breaking news? Been going on for years. Packets of crisps started getting smaller weight-wise years ago, then the actual number of packets in a multipack (5 instead of 6); chocolate bars, tins of beans, coffee - perhaps the ONS could actually shrink themselves or find something more useful to do with our tax money.
    • A. Badger
    • By A. Badger 25th Jul 17, 8:48 PM
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    Well it's either make a product slightly smaller, or put the price slightly up.

    Which ever option a company choose I think some people would complain!
    Originally posted by paulharding150
    There are several other options. The first, and most obvious, is to gain a competitive advantage and increase market share by leaving the product unchanged.

    Equally, a manufacturer could maintain the price and size and aim to maintain (or even increase) profitability by reducing costs - not hard to do in these days of bloated HR departments and excessive middle management.

    Both would serve the shareholders and customers better, but often not the interests of the caste of 'professional' CEOs that flit from corporation to corporation.
    Last edited by A. Badger; 25-07-2017 at 9:16 PM.
    • Ken68
    • By Ken68 27th Jul 17, 6:14 AM
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    Only just noticed that Sweetex in Sainsbury is £1.60 for 600 tablets and in B&M is £1.59 for 700 tablets.
    • Inedible Pencil
    • By Inedible Pencil 28th Jul 17, 9:42 AM
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    I hate this practice, adding insult to injury. I understand prices have to go up, inflation is a fact of life. But Supermarkets like to pretend they keep prices fixed. It is not that they are making the product smaller. The older larger version never went up in price, they just stopped producing it. The smaller package is a new item. It is the same when they stop stocking the value version and you have to switch to a more expensive own brand. No, we didn't put the price up there either. Grrr.
    The worst part? It mucks up all your favourite recipes you had managed to get the best balance between nutrition, cost, and blend of flavours.
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    • Gnocchi
    • By Gnocchi 4th Aug 17, 11:28 PM
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    The buzz word is shrinkflation. The price of imported raw ingredients like cocoa beans and peanuts, to name but two, has gone up, thanks to the drop in the value of sterling.

    I stopped buying Toblerone when it looked more like PrikkaStrip with gaps. Really annoyed me.
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