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  • tigerange
    Hovis Best of Both has reduced from 800g to 750g - but the price stays the same!
  • Cathy80
    Co-op standard packs of bacon used to 8 rashers and seems to have shrunk to 7. Not sure if there is an actual weight difference or not, but the 'average slices' message on the front has definitely changed
    • Gemini_Jen
    • By Gemini_Jen 18th Sep 13, 2:41 PM
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    Dr. Stuart Herbal Teas
    The Dr. Stuart range of herbal teas used to contain 20 teabags in the packet. Then it became 15...quite a reduction...and still the same price (£1.89). I wrote and received a standard fob-off saying this was a high quality product. Then, to add insult to injury, the price went up to over £2.20 a packet. That's when I stopped buying them!
    • LeeSouthEast
    • By LeeSouthEast 18th Sep 13, 2:55 PM
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    Haven't bought meat for a few weeks, as I've been working left right and centre and often have meals provided by work as a consequence of what we've been up to. However, finally have a couple of days off! Horray!!

    To find ASDA organic beef mince is now 460g for £4.00 whereas it was 500g last time I bought it. Hidden inflation sucks and will only get worse I fear.
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    • spowers
    • By spowers 18th Sep 13, 4:10 PM
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    Sainsbury's family packs of bacon
    I've bought these for a while to freeze. They used to have 4 packs of 8 slices in a pack (32 slices) but now have 4 packs of 6 slices (24 slices). Shame!
    • sun_claw
    • By sun_claw 18th Sep 13, 4:35 PM
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    Cadbury Chocolate Blocks
    All Cadbury Chocolate block have shrunk in size. The smaller sizes have now shrunk from 150g to 120g
    • JohnRo
    • By JohnRo 18th Sep 13, 5:31 PM
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    Tesco Finest British Chicken And Stuffing 120g £2.80 (2 for £4) no longer available.

    Tesco Finest British Chicken And Stuffing 100g £3.00 (2 for £5)
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  • margia
    I'd be interested to hear if any experts actually know if this is true. Cause I would imagine the 'typical basket' would include say '500g of cheese' not 'a block of cheese' - in which case it's not hidden inflation.
    Originally posted by ToasterScheme
    The technical report for CPI calculations says that:

    "Examples of typical item descriptions are given below:
    • large loaf, white, unsliced (800g)
    • home killed beef, braising steak (per kg)
    • butter, home produced (250g)
    • fresh vegetables: onions (per kg)
    • fish & chips, take-away, state size/type
    • Bitter, 4 cans (440-500ml)
    • plumber (daytime hourly rate including call out)
    • single bed (width approx. 3ft/90cm)
    • electric cooker, 4 rings, grill and oven
    • dog kennel fees, boarding, daily charges
    • child minder (hourly rate)
    • men’s suit (ready made)
    • ultra low sulphur petrol
    • swimming pool admission, standard, adult, off peak

    So technically they may adjust for pack size decreasing, by weighting the price up in their calculations. But if 750g bread becomes the new normal, and they assume that people now only need a 750g loaf, they would just update the basket and then the inflation would definitely get hidden.
    • Serendipitious
    • By Serendipitious 18th Sep 13, 5:49 PM
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    Cadbury's Roses are 850g inc wraps..........

    BUT if you buy them from the Coop you can get 2 for £9, which helps xx
    • pragmatista
    • By pragmatista 18th Sep 13, 5:54 PM
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    Heinz Farmers Market soups
    Used to buy these from Tesco. The size of these soup cans has reduced really noticeably. They used to be quite large tins and now they're fairly small. Same price. Don't have sizes/weights I'm afraid, but the difference is striking.
  • elsieandnora
    Morrison's Meaty Strips
    Morrison's Meaty Strips for dogs. I noticed when I went shopping a couple of weeks ago that they were in new packaging. It wasn't until I got home and looked at my receipt that I noticed the price had changed from 85p to 70p but the amount of strips inside had gone down from 20 to 10!! They were marked up the following week at £1.00 for 10. I commented on Morrison's facebook page and they were going to get back to me. Still waiting. (Buy them at Sainsbury's now 75p for 20)
  • MargaretMc
    Sainsbury's own bran All Bran was £1.09 for 1kg not so long ago. Then reduced to 750g at same price. Last week £1.19 for 500g!! Do they think we don't notice? Only consolation is that it is still cheaper than the same product from Kelloggs.
    • spaceboy
    • By spaceboy 18th Sep 13, 7:53 PM
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    Anyone else noticed the mid-sized Snickers? To the unsuspecting eye it looks like a normal size snickers so when you see it for 50p you think "ok, not too bad". Than you open it and realise it's smaller than a normal one.
    • purplestar133
    • By purplestar133 18th Sep 13, 8:08 PM
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    I've noticed branded cheese such as Cathedral City and Pilgrim's Choice have shrunk from 400g packs to 350g packs. There is almost always an offer on these branded cheeses where you can get a pack for £2 or 2 for £4 but as they have decreased the pack sizes and the prices are the same, I avoid them now.

    As another poster has said, Aldi cheese has eventually gone down to 350g packs, but it did stick with 400g for £1.89 for longer than the 'premium' brands! It is still the cheapest - and nice!
    • purplestar133
    • By purplestar133 18th Sep 13, 8:10 PM
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    I've also noticed hot cross buns are sold in smaller packs in Asda now - 4 instead of 6 for 80p-£1.

    The Tesco 6 packs have almost doubled in price.

    You might have guessed I love a hot cross bun!
    • KDC
    • By KDC 18th Sep 13, 9:19 PM
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    I realize that Andrex toilet rolls aren't food, but they've shrunk alot over the past year or so both in height and number of sheets on the roll.

    I rang Andrex and queried this and they confirmed that they make them smaller now.
  • sweetshop
    It's not just food - has any one noticed that Andrex isn't as wide as it used to be .... that must be quite a few square inches gone missing.
    Crafty puppy!!!
  • babushkava
    Shame on you, Waitrose!
    I noticed, first with the hot cross buns around Easter and currant buns then and since, that the size of each bun has shrunk by about 30%, though the price remains the same as before. The packets that the fours are in, are very small now.
  • babushkava
    Also, although it is not food, toilet rolls used to be 280 two-ply sheets per roll, eg Andrex, now most are 200 sheets. The manufacturers try to disguise this by making the cardboard centre larger in diameter.
  • endafk
    not so Innocent of this dastardly trick
    This was pointed out by a checkout assistant at waitrose - Innocent smoothness got smaller, price stayed the same. In case anyone from Innocent is reading, I never bought the product again. Funny how you get vivid indicators when it is 33% extra or "New Bigger Pack" but not when it is the other way around... it is quite deceiving, good if you're on a diet I suppose
    Incidentally, has Martin factored in that his hands have grown...?
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