Do You Take Sugar? (It's Gonna Cost You!)

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

Okay, so I knew that you couldn’t buy 2-liter Coca-Colas for $.69 anymore; I remember when that changed. And I knew that Jeno’s stopped putting those little seasoning packets in their pizza boxes for you to add before baking; no surprise there. But I have just one question…


You mean to tell me that there is no such thing as “5 lbs. of sugar” anymore??? Are you kidding me right now? I had NO IDEA!!!

So now they are selling us 4 LBS. OF SUGAR??? Is that accurate? But I notice that the price is still at the 5 lb. mark. Four pounds of sugar for the price of five pounds. I am dumbfounded.

In case you are wondering why this is taking me by surprise the way it is, let me explain. You see, we do not use refined sugar, so I don’t even remember the last time I bought it. (But I DO remember that the standard weight is 5 lbs.!) So when I saw in at the market today in 4 lbs bags, I about flipped!  And, to top off my flipping out, the once “10 lb bag of sugar” has apparently now become an “8 LB BAG OF SUGAR!!!” (for the price of the old 10 lb bag)

Please tell me that everyone knows about this. And when did it happen??

Is sugar RARE now? Good lord!

I have to go off and ponder this for a while.

Maybe smoke a peace pipe.

Or not.



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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

The times they are a changin.

Nov 27, 2010 02:44 PM #1
Elizabeth Cooper-Golden
Huntsville Alabama Real Estate, (@ Homes Realty Group) - Huntsville, AL
Huntsville AL MLS

Sheila, You'd better get to smoking that peace pipe girl, lol.  Chips, crackers, cookies...all of them are shrinking but charging the same.  Ticks me off too!  I was cleaning out my pantry last week and ran across 2 bags of stuffing mix...I THOUGHT they looked big.  I compared them to the new ones I bought and sure enough...they were smaller.  

Pass me that peace pipe!

Nov 27, 2010 02:47 PM #2
Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH


They have shrunk the amounts on a lot of foodstuffs. From sugar to cereal to snacks. Their research told them it was easier for the public to accept a smaller portion than to raise prices. Go figure. All of this accelerated about 2 years ago. What do you think the chances are that they will put the extra pound of sugar back if prices for sugar declines??

Nov 27, 2010 02:51 PM #3
Kymberly Caldwell-Muniz
(909) 973-0410 - Fontana, CA
TCR Group Keller Williams Realty Rancho Cucamonga

Hi Sheila, REALLY, I mean are you serious? Okay I am off on my way to the store. What are they gonna do next. This truly is unbelievable. I do see the changes in  size of boxes of cereal.

Nov 27, 2010 02:51 PM #4
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

Okay -- I had no idea... I will go and look at the bag I bought last week... I thought it was 5 lbs.... Be right back.....well it really is a 5 lb bag.. but I have seen this type of thing on other items.  The packaging often remains the same, but the contents are diminished...  One really had to look carefully these days.

Nov 27, 2010 02:59 PM #5
Pat Tasker
Shorewest Realtors - Germantown, WI
Your Milwaukee Metro Area Agent (WI)

Everything is shrinking!  Look at things like candy bars, snack bars, the actual bars are smaller.  Look at cookie packages, the package might look the same, but the plastic container is shaped so that less cookies fit in the trays, so the consumer thinks they get the same for the same price, until you open the package!  smaller products and same or higher prices....and they think we won't notice!  I had not idea about the sugar and flour, but with holiday baking around the corner, I will see that soon!

Nov 27, 2010 03:04 PM #6
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference

Good to know next time someone asks me to go buy them a 5lb bag of sugar I can ask them if it's a trick question :) All kidding aside I never even knew they sold 5lb bags of sugar but it got me to thinking about the price changes. Although I'm what you'd probably consider a child(26) I can remember when I could buy a gallon of gas for $1, candies for $.01, and gum packs for $.25 etc

Nov 27, 2010 03:07 PM #7
Kate Bourland
Marketing with Kate - Redding, CA
Onlilne Marketing Mobile Marketing

Sheila, I had not noticed this at all.  I have noticed that the bags seem smaller but don't buy it that often. This is the sneaky way that manufacturers are raising prices.  They can't raise the real price so they give you less.  

Nov 27, 2010 03:12 PM #8
Jeff Markell
Geneva Financial, LLC - Orange, CA
Reverse / Conventional Mortgage Pro | NMLS 224196

From May to October this year the price of sugar has risen from approx. .25 to .38 cents per pound. The manufacturers make the packages smaller, but we are wise to their games.

Nov 27, 2010 03:47 PM #9
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Sheila, the first thing I saw like this was when the yogurt companies started putting about 1/3 less yogurt in the containers claiming they were leaving room for folks who wanted to add fruit or granola...of course the price didn't change.  I think they are all hoping the we (consumers) wouldn't notice.

Nov 27, 2010 04:21 PM #10
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

A quart of Hellman's Mayonnaise = 30 ounces

A half gallon of Orange Juice = 59 ounces.

Don't even try to explain Toilet Paper "Double Rolls" and "Triple Rolls".

They know:

1. Most people do not Look at the actual amount.

2. They put it as 750 Milliliters or 1247 grams or some other obscure measurement that Americans won't know.

3. Today's High School Graduates went to Public School, and probably can't answer how many questions are in a Quart, etc.


Sad sign of the times!

Nov 27, 2010 04:28 PM #11
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

More "signs of the times..."   A "half gallon" of ice cream (which would be approx. 1 liter) is now .75 liter.

Have you been to Long John Silver's lately? WOWSER! Take a look at their fis and chicken! The fish planks look like they have been cut down by a third--much thinner than before, and the chicken too is noticably compromised. I mean the difference is REALLY noticible.

Purina Cat Chow...It started at 20# bags, then they cut it to 18# bags where it stayed for a while, and now they have shaved it to a 16# bag that retails for way more than the 20# ever did. That's TWENTY FIVE PERCENT LESS PRODUCT for MORE MONEY OUT OF POCKET FOR CAT FOOD!!!!!!!

I could go on, but I need to get back to the peace pipe...I think I finally found the right way to use it...GOOD NIGHT ALL!!!     :  )

Nov 27, 2010 05:01 PM #12
Marie Graham
Owner, The Refreshed Home White Plains NY - White Plains, NY
Westchester County Interior Decorator, Home Stager

I haven't bought sugar in a while either, but I know how you feel, there are some things that are 'standard'-like 5 lbs of sugar, or 64 ounces of milk...NOW IF ONLY THEY COULD WORK THAT SAME MAGIC ON CALORIE COUNTS!!

Nov 27, 2010 05:08 PM #13
Toronto, ON

Sheila - A similar situation has occurred with apple juice in my area over the past few years.  One company previously sold 1.48 litre cans, then changed to 1.4 litre cans and now is using 1.2 litre cans.  However, I have not noticed any decrease in price.

Nov 27, 2010 10:47 PM #14
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Look around the store, there are a lot more items than just sugar that have started to give less but appear to be the same amount. Ice cream is another example, it is no longer 1/2 gallons, peanut butter, even shampoo.

Nov 28, 2010 12:01 AM #15
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

The first one I noticed was that 20 oz plastic bottle of Coke had shrunk to a 16 oz bottle without a price reduction.

I've learned that I'm a much better eater than I am a shopper so I leave that to my wonderful wife.  (Except on those rare occasions when she asks me what I'm cooking for supper and I answer "Pizza Hut".)




Nov 28, 2010 01:59 AM #16
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Interestingly enough, the amount in the packages continue to decrease but the price of the items either stay the same or go up...

Nov 29, 2010 03:55 AM #17
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