by, 11-13-2011 at 07:52 AM (1360 Views)
The practice of snus companies shrinking the size of the lös tins, is disturbing, and irritating. It's a dishonest trick to make people think they're getting the same amount of snus for less money. Snus isn't the only place this happens, but the (American sales)industry is still small enough that we can do something about it.
To put the size shrink into perspective, you lose 1 tin per roll for every 5g taken off the cans. If the snus is in a 45g tin, when you buy a roll, you pay for 10 tins, but get 9. Rothbrix is now in a 40g tin, so when you buy a roll of that, you're getting 8 tins. Pretty good deal, eh?
The size of the tin doesn't change of course. That's a deceptive visual trick so people aren't as aware of the shrinkage. What the manufacturers are saying is 'We think you're stupid, so we'll continue shorting tins, and you won't notice'. When comparing snus prices, it's important to make a gram for gram comparison. That may make some of the "deals" less than spectacular.
I'm less concerned with portions due to their short history of use, but the principle still applies. Companies are making light tins, AND light portions. a regular portion should be 1g. That's been the size for their short history, and it makes sense due to being a nice round number. Some companies are making the portions .8g. Seriously?!
Corporate dishonesty is a part of modern life, but that doesn't mean we have to accept it. Write to the companies, complain on forums, and point out the deception to others. Demand 50g. You aren't saving money if you're getting less snus.
AFAIK, 3 companies are packing their lössnus in proper 50g tins...
Gotlandssnus with the tasty Grå, and seasonal Julesnus
Pioneer with their fantastic plain lös.
Gellivare Snusfabrik with Gellivare, and Landströms
Support companies that don't treat you like an idiot.