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Hellmann’s Mayo: Introduces the 30 oz. Quart*

hellmans smallSome things always come in quarts: milk, motor oil, and mayonnaise, for example. You don’t have to look at the net weight statement, because a quart is 32 ounces, and that is what you always get.

Next time you go to the supermarket and pick up a quart-size jar of Hellmann’s (in the east) and probably Best Foods (in the west), you are going to be in for a little surprise.

*MOUSE PRINT:  The net weight statement now reads “30 oz.” instead of 32.

While the size change is apparent looking at the old and new jars side by side, you don’t have that comparison in the store. You see a dozen identical jars that look like the regular quart jar, and priced like the regular quart jar. You grab one, and you get snookered because they all have two ounces less in them.

All mayonnaise has come in quart jars for decades. Unlike tuna fish that has been downsized multiple times, this is the first time it has happened to mayonnaise. That’s what makes it so surprising, and why it has gone virtually unnoticed.

Why did Unilever Bestfoods do this?  Here’s what customer service said:

“At Unilever Bestfoods we have always taken great pride in offering the highest quality products at reasonable and fair prices.

Recently, inflationary pressures have brought about by the increased costs of raw materials. Rather than raise our prices, we chose to slightly reduce the size of the 32 oz quart and 16 oz pint. This is the first time in over three years that we have had to increase costs to our consumers.”

As with other categories of items that have been downsized, it is a sneaky way to pass on a price increase. Expect competing brands to trim their jars sometime soon.  

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West Gate Bank 6 Month CD: Earn 10.38%*

west gate bank 10.38 smallWow. Where most accounts today earn only a few percentage points of interest, this bank is offering a rate from yesteryear: 10.38%.

Are you going to make a killing with this interest rate?  Don’t bank on it.

For one, you have to visit a particular branch of West Gate Bank in Lincoln, Nebraska.

What else?

*MOUSE PRINT: “Minimum and maximum amount of $500 only.”

So how much money are we talking about really earning here? Six months’ worth of interest on $500 is approximately $25.95 (maybe a bit less). At their regular rate of interest (4%), you would earn about $10. So despite the attention grabbing headline of 10.38% interest, this offer is worth less than $16 in extra earnings.

 

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Orbit Gum: Will Not Get You Into Heaven*

Orbit gum

In the current Orbit gum commercial, Snoop Dog goes to hell because of his dirty mouth. The gum fairy tells him he can clean up his mouth with Orbit peppermint gum.

Next thing you know, old Snoop Dog has arrived at the pearly gates of heaven.

Not wanting any trouble from the Federal Trade Commission, the company included this disclaimer:

*MOUSE PRINT: “Dramatization. Orbit gum will not get you into heaven.”

Nice to see that Wrigley has a sense of humor.


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