We're practically giving them away! ... Up to 75% off! ... Act now, supplies are limited!
What set me off on this mini-rant was my package of Breyer's ice cream. In the good old days, I used to be able to buy a half gallon (2.0 quarts) of premium, all-natural ice cream for about $3. They then decided to shrink their package size from 2.0 quarts to 1.75 quarts. Now it is a paltry 1.5 quarts. What is aggravating is that the price has only been increasing, and now is up to about $4 per package. More distasteful than all of this is that my "premium, all-natural" ice cream, which is clearly labeled as such, now contains compounds that are added to the mixture purposely to allow them to add significant amounts of air to the product. Some estimates that I have found state that the added air leads to a doubling of volume. So, I am actually paying about 4 times more for a given amount of an inferior product.
Corporate america - maximize, but you can take your bottom line and shove it.