“More for less”; sounds good doesn’t it?
Don’t get excited; I realize that that phrase can be interpreted in two ways, in the first option; it may seem to say that life is good; more stuff for less money.
And then the second take; you pay more, and get less—in some cases, much less. That’s the way it seems to be today.
From your morning coffee to toilet paper, you get much less, and, pay much more. I happened to glance at the last roll of toilet paper I installed, and discovered they had severed about an inch from the width of the roll. Clever move for the manufacturer, for they can still offer “450 sheets on each giant roll!” sure, there’s 450 sheets—just 20% less product. They certainly didn’t pare the price to reflect the amputation.
Picked up a “pound” of coffee lately? That so called pound, weighs between 12 and 14 ounces, and, you get to pay MORE. Ain’t life grand?
Want to relax with a nice dish of your favorite frozen treat? That “half-gallon” of ice cream contains a couple of bowls less than a half-gallon for you to enjoy. Something you won’t enjoy is the price; they haven’t eased the pain in that respect.
But once more to the mundane; flour and sugar. Most producers have seen that the bag you most recently picked up contains just 4 pounds instead of the 5 pounds you used to receive. Once more, you’ll pay more for less.
One of the more obvious examples of the truism is apparent when one plans a trip or vacation—by air. Raising fares is a bit too obvious, there are better ways to charge more, and deliver less. It began with the food; no more airline food to complain about; complimentary snacks aren’t offered by most airlines, not even so much as a bag of peanuts, you either bring your own, or fork out a bundle for a “Bistro” meal. Next in the list of non-extras that you pay extra for; your luggage. Not so long ago, anything that would fit in the overhead bins was gratis for the passenger; not on some carriers, seems that too has become a money generator.
I’m thinking pregnant women will have to pay two fares.