Ben by Daniel Shelton


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    The product packages are shrunk, price goes up.

  2. Pharmakeus Ubik

    Pharmakeus Ubik said, over 3 years ago

    Wallet has thinned, waist has thickened.

  3. aaron wilson dunn

    aaron wilson dunn said, over 3 years ago

    Just another way to keep the Cost of Living Index (COL) down so as to hide the true inflation rate.

  4. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    During periods of price inflation, retailers must raise prices to keep from losing money as the purchasing power of the dollar is drained off by the government. But the public tends to see only that the store is charging more, and they think this is somehow wrong, so the retailers had to find other ways to soften the blow of rising prices. Their solution was to down-size many products. The former half-gallon of ice cream is now 1.75 or 1.5 quarts, the 7-1/2 oz. can of tuna is now as small as 5 ounces, etc. All this is to hide the fact that thanks to government mismanagement of the money supply, the dollar is the new dime.

  5. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 3 years ago


    You do know that inflation is pretty low recently, especially compared to 40’s, 70’s and 80’s. And that companies usually do this in response to increasing costs. The drought in the mid-west will only make things worse. But don’t let facts get in the way of a “good” conspiracy theory…

  6. lily245pj

    lily245pj said, over 3 years ago

    It’s bad out there.

  7. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, over 3 years ago


    The first thing I noticed was the tuna – suddenly didn’t go as far. Then the ice cream. When I bought microwave popcorn, it was in a package of 22 instead of 24 – same price. Personally, I would rather pay more and have the same size. I understand their problems and that we all have to pay for it. But stop being sneaky!

  8. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, over 3 years ago

    Sugar and flour were the first things I noticed. 5 lb. bags became 4 lbs.

  9. gmonica52

    gmonica52 said, over 3 years ago

    Deception, deception, deception—they should be more upfront with what they are doing. It is simply wrong!

  10. Felix The Cat

    Felix The Cat said, over 3 years ago

    Somebody has to pay for Obamacare. Guess what? It’s you! Congratulations!

  11. mathteacher678

    mathteacher678 said, over 3 years ago


    Food is not included in that “low” inflation rate.

  12. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    @Felix The Cat

    And, neither the President or Congress contols the weather. Droughts, floods, brush fires, sudden freezes. These things drastically affect our food supply. But, maybe YOU can fix it?

  13. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, over 3 years ago

    If size reflected inflation and 1965’s Brown Mule is five times today’s in volume (calculated) and cost ten cents, then wouldn’t today’s Brown Mule be 50 cents?

  14. pschearer

    pschearer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    My knowledge of the history of inflation is fairly extensive. Personally I can call on memories of 3 cent U.S. first-class postage stamps, a 15 cent bus ride (recently raised in Philly to $2.25), 26 cents/gal. gas, etc.

    Also, as an occasional collector of world stamps and coins, I can call on Weimar Republic 4 billion mark postage, the progression of silver coins around the world to base metal, the current Zimbabwean one trillion dollar bill, and perpetually replaced currencies in countries such as Brazil and Israel. And in every case the culprit is their respective governments.

    No conspiracy involved, just publicly available history and economics. Temporary events like a drought can cause temporary changes in some or even many prices, but only government manipulation of the money supply explains the constant erosion of purchasing power almost everywhere in the world. There is an answer, but the world is not likely to return to the gold standard any time soon.

  15. Felix The Cat

    Felix The Cat said, over 3 years ago

    So have endlessly higher taxes. It’s the same thing over and over but some people just never learn. “Let’s stick it to the big bad evil corporations!” “Hey, how come the prices went up again??

    I’m not a fan of big corporations but if you want to have an impact, just stop buying their %#$%#& product. Buy a competitor’s product. They don’t spend billions on marketing research because it’s fun.

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