If you’ve observed that your Toblerone bar has shrunk in size and no longer looks like the one you remember from childhood, you’re not alone. In fact, consumers all over the world are gradually paying more for a wider range of products in ways that aren’t reflected on receipts.
Companies aim to offset growing labor and materials costs by shrinking portions, thinner rolls, lighter bags, and smaller cans in this way without scaring us all away. Is it true, however, that they are succeeding? The issue, sometimes known as shrinkflation, has undoubtedly been seen and extensively documented by those who do not believe it is fair to pay the same price for a lower net weight.
A subreddit named “Shrinkflation” is one such online venue dedicated to sharing some of the most purposeful and unpleasant examples of paying more for less seen in practice. We’ve compiled a list of postings from there below.
Let’s be clear about one thing: people are doomed to miscommunicate for one reason or another. Sometimes it happens by chance, sometimes it happens because of a faulty assumption or interpretation, and sometimes it happens on purpose to show a point. It’s been dubbed “malicious compliance,” a phenomena that has been thoroughly documented across a variety of internet platforms.
Simultaneously, if we want to form a genuine relationship, miscommunication between ourselves and the other person will sabotage our efforts. After all, social interaction accompanies us everywhere: at work, on a date, with friends, or over a cup of coffee. So, how do we get the courage to express ourselves in a way that is understood? Bruce Lambert, a professor, scientist, and consultant who has taught thousands of individuals how to communicate more successfully across the United States, could have some answers.
To begin, we must acknowledge that being misunderstood is one of those typical occurrences that is nearly impossible to eradicate completely. We will continue to misunderstand each other as long as we are a community. Nonetheless, it perplexes us.
“People say they wish to improve their communication skills so they won’t be misunderstood. We think it’s because we used the incorrect words when we’re misunderstood. We didn’t properly communicate our thoughts. Alternatively, we can point the finger at the other person. We were very explicit in our communication, however they misunderstood us. “What we said gave them the erroneous impression,” Lambert writes on his website How Communication Works.
#1 This is insane
#2 I’ve been bamboozled
#3 Terry’s chocolate orange is now just “terry’s orange” with the word “chocolatey” in the description
#4 Sometimes I like to flip the chips in the store shelves
#5 This shrinkflation of toblerone in the uk, is still mind-boggling
#6 Ah yes ± 25ml, thank you wd-40
#7 The shrinkflation of the old pringles design (165g) to the new (134g)
#8 Inflation in the uk 344% up for a bag of rice from last year
#9 These used to be 6 to a pack. same price of course
#10 This must be their way of saying “we decreased the amount but kept the container size the same”
#11 Is it shrinkflation when they just lie about the weight? paid for 12 oz of fish, got 10.6 including the wrapping
#12 When i was a teen, these stretched the length of the package. those were the days
#13 The top box is from a well established reoccurring promotion
#14 I remember when the “good stuff” mix-in cup was full in chobani yogurts. now less than half
#15 I bought a new ikea utensil holder and it kept tipping over. turns out it’s the same dimensions and material as the old one i have but it weighs over 50% less
#16 Big Mac hit with the shrink ray?
#17 Breyers chocolate chip used to be jammed with chocolate, now it’s almost just plain vanilla
#18 This is now “double stuffed”
#19 They couldn’t even wait until the old one was gone to put up the new size
#20 Oreo filling Isn’t Just Thinner… Now It Doesn’t Even Reach The Edge