NOVEMBER 28, 2022
NY Times:Meet the Man on a Mission to Expose Sneaky Price Increases
Edgar Dworsky has become the go-to expert on “shrinkflation,” when products or packaging are manipulated so people get less for their money.
The blame-shifting Marxists never miss an opportunity to misdiagnose economic maladies caused by the Fed-Fedgov Complex as being the consequences of the “corporate greed” of the big bad “capitalist.” Since the days of Karl Marx — who was pro Central Bank and pro-Big Government — the Left has played upon and preyed upon the economic illiteracy of Normiedom to incite them to hate in the wrong direction. This article featuring the ridiculous rantings of “shrinkflation expert” Edgar Dworsky would have pleased Marx.
A few excerpts:
“A few weeks ago, Edgar Dworsky got a promising tip by email. “Diluted cough syrup,” read the message, accompanied by a photo of two packages of syrup with a curious difference: The new one appeared to be half the strength of the old one.”
“Dworsky has dedicated much of his life to exposing what is one of the sneakier tricks in the modern consumer economy: “shrinkflation,” when products or packaging are subtly manipulated so that a person pays the same price for something but gets less of it.”
“Virtually every brand of toilet paper has been downsized over the years,” Mr. Dworsky wrote, documenting more than a decade of toilet paper shrinkage.”
Oh those dirty rotten cunning, greedy, price-gouging, package shrinking, cigar-smoking, fat cat “capitalists” in top hats! Workers and consumers of the world, unite!
Pure Marxism: Toilet paper not what it used to be? Blame the “greedy capitalist” and look to the government to protect and provide for you.
Of course, “shrinkflation” is a less overt manifestation of inflation. So in that respect, one could technically say that businesses, in an effort to mitigate the shock, are “manipulating” consumers. However, has anyone by now actually failed to notice that packages are getting smaller as the quality / content of everything from paper products to chocolate is being diluted? Where is the “ripoff” here? We know what we’re buying and exactly how much of it.
The relevant question that Marxists will not ask — and that the bamboozled subjects of the overlapping tyrannical kingdoms of Libtardia & Normiedom cannot even think to ask — is simply this: “What effect is the explosion of the interest-based-money supply having on the value of our currency? Forget about the “dilution of cough syrup,” let’s have a look at the historical dilution of the currency-to-gold/silver ratio — which eventually (inevitably) led to the abandonment of any linkage to precious metals and ultimately, the unrestrained conjuring up of viral debt digits on a screen.
But such a conversation wouldn’t fit the Globo-Marxist agenda now, would it, Dworsky? No, let’s blame it on “corporate greed” — a simplistic phantom which nit-witted normies can be trained to hate without the painful inconvenience of having to do deeper research or (heaven forbid!) some critical thinking on the subject.
1 & 2: Sizes shrink as the supply of “helicopter” debt-money expands. // 3. Marxist cartoon blames “corporate greed” for inflation.
In this environment of criminal currency destruction and viral usury, businesses large and small — whose own commodity-connected supply costs have risen sharply — are faced with three overlapping choices. They can either maintain the quality and/or quantity of the product or service while spiking prices (Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream) — or dilute the quality and/or quantity while keeping prices stable (Haagen Dazs ice cream) — or, temporarily keep quality and/or quantity and prices the same, temporarily swallowing their losses until the reduction in profit margin is no longer sustainable. In any case, it remains the customer’s free choice as to which option better suits his individual taste and budget.
What we as “consumers” (what a demeaning term!) cannot choose, however, is what the purchasing power of our actual currency will be. No sir. Only Dworsky’s fellow syndicate members who own the Central Banks get to make that decision — whilst their press partners-in-crime point the finger of hatred toward “greedy” businesses ranging from the corner deli to large corporations. What a damnable dishonest trick!
1. Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream has not been diluted in recent years; however, you will pay more for it than the diluted brands. (*Before you buy some, consider that Ben & Jerry are notorious lefties.) // 2. Haagen Daaz, on the other hand, has diluted its product to the point being flavorless, while keeping the price hike much smaller.
The Slimes defines inflation as “the loss of purchasing power over time” (duh!) — but NEVER reveals how of the FedGov / Fed complex is solely responsible for this felonious phenomenon.