It must be the cold “what done it”… It couldn’t be stealth inflation from lax monetary standards… nor could it be food inflation from cold weather… nor due to fuel price hikes… yes, the only thing that could make them shrink like that would be the cold… and lord knows it’s been cold lately. But honestly, I didn’t think it was cold enough to shrink my Pringles or I’d have stayed by the heater!
So from 6.31 to 4.93 ounces. ( Or 182 gm to 140 gm for the “traditionally challenged” ;-) There is your first clue. Very strange non-round units. Why not 7 ounces or 8? (1/2 pound) Perhaps as the first shrinkage was TO 6.31 in some prior year, long gone… I *think* I remember a larger round ounce size at one time… At any rate, the big one is 28% larger than the small one ( 1.279919 ratio) or the little one is 78% of the big one ( 0.7813 ratio) for a 22% shave.
It is very unusual for a manufacturer to hold two sizes in their product line that are about 1/5 to 1/4 apart in size. You can find a Quart and a 12 Ounce sized in things like sodas, so it is always possible that these will both be ‘in the line up’; but I’m going to be watching the local store.
The little one was purchased at Walmart. A week ago they were larger. The large one I picked up just afterwards at the local “expensive and slow turnover” store. If in a week or two they are all small, well, then I’ll know…
Close up on size detail:
One or two of these can be an Evil Monopolist playing stupid games. Now we’re into this ‘a few’ and spread over several types of product. That’s inflation at work (official statistics or no…)
Pringles are a product of Procter and Gamble. A company with a chart that is underperforming the S&P 500 and is presently in a downtrend. Though I note RSI is ‘near 20’; so it will either be a persistent downtrend or we have an “entry” soon. I’d vote for persistent downtrend given how they are treating the customer with stealth price hikes. It ought to be something you can ‘range trade’ as it’s basically “dead money” but will wander back and forth within a range while paying a 3% proximity dividend. Will likely track inflation in product sales too, one way or another …