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What you need to know about deflation – the “sneaky cousin” of inflation

Have you ever felt like there was little inside your favorite cereal box? Or that even though you can’t put your finger on it, you don’t get the same amount of liquid from every Gatorade you drink?

This feeling is not always in your head. Sometimes, it’s a reality.

Shrinking Gatorade bottles and small cereal boxes are just two examples of what has become known as “deflation” – the practice of companies to reduce the contents of packages while changing the same prices.

“I’ve seen it described as the sneaky cousin of inflation,” said Matthew Philp, associate professor of marketing at Toronto Metropolitan University.

He says companies can make the containers smaller or take a different shape, or put less product in them. “This is just to hide the fact that their prices are going up.”

For consumers, it can be difficult to locate because stores usually remove old products before replacing them. Deflation is nothing new, but experts say it occurs more often in times of high inflation, such as now, and affects nearly every type of packaged product. Read more

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How the deflation affects Canadian consumers

To deal with the effect of rising inflation, companies reduce package sizes while charging the same prices in what is known as deflation. Experts suggest that consumers can avoid deflation by paying attention to the unit price rather than the total price.

How this guy fought for $5,200 after a travel agency spent his airline coupons — on other customers

Surinderpal Gill trusted the travel agency that he bought tickets for a family trip to India two years ago.

But then he found out he was made over $5,200 and his confidence collapsed.

Last June, Toronto-based Air Canada All Link Travel sent three coupons to compensate Jill for canceled return flights due to flight disruptions amid the pandemic.

But instead of telling him, Gill said the travel agency had repeatedly said there was no indication of valuable travel documents. Then I used those vouchers to pay for other people’s trips.

“I feel like I’ve been betrayed,” he told Go Public. “How can someone use my money without my consent?”

Jill is one of thousands of Canadians who have fought for months for travel vouchers issued amid the pandemic. Many say the travel agencies they used exacerbate their problems getting coupons or refunds from airlines.

All Link Travel claimed the coupons had been used in error – three times – but it wasn’t until Go Public became involved in paying them off for Jill.

The agency declined to give an interview. Instead, an unnamed representative who called Go Public using a blocked phone number promised several times to send a statement, but never did.

Jill says he’s grateful for his money back, but the experience was stressful.

He said, “It’s all right.” “At the same time, I still have a feeling that this should have happened.” Read more

Air Canada has given Surinderpal Gill of Brampton, Ontario, coupons worth over $5,200 in compensation for canceled flights in the early days of the pandemic. He was furious when he learned that his travel agency had spent them on other clients’ trips. (Kimberly Ivani/CBC)

High fuel prices hamper Canadians’ long-awaited travel plans

Is the end of most COVID restrictions making you itchy to hit the open road?

You’re not alone, but high gas prices are putting a strain on many of the summer road trips planned this year.

With gas over $2 a liter in most parts of the country, these long-awaited trips to meet loved ones or enjoy a much-needed vacation have lost a little of their luster.

According to a new poll, two-thirds of Canadian drivers surveyed said soaring gas prices are likely to force them to cancel or limit their road trips this summer.

Although he no longer has to worry about COVID-19 testing requirements when crossing the border, Ted Hilton of Ingersoll, Ont., said he won’t be visiting family in Michigan this summer due to higher gas prices. (Craig Chivers/CBC)

The survey, conducted by Legere for the Canadian Tire and Rubber Association, included 1,538 Canadians in April. The survey had a similar margin of error increasing or decreasing 2.5 percent, 19 times out of 20.

“It’s kind of frustrating,” says Ted Hilton, 81, of Ingersoll, Ont.

He lives on a steady income and was looking forward to visiting family in Michigan now that testing requirements at the border have been raised.

But he says he can’t afford to drive 460 kilometers until the price of gas comes down.

“You depend on keeping in touch with friends and relatives… and not being able to travel and meet them, it makes you feel somewhat isolated.” Read more

What also happens?

Some Jif peanut butter has been pulled due to salmonella
Items that have been recalled must be disposed of or returned to where they were purchased.

Feeling poor? The reverse wealth effect may add to the spending gloom of Canadians
Falling house, stock and cryptocurrency prices are expected to make Canadian savers spend less.

Bed bugs and cockroaches: International students in Sudbury, Ontario, lament owner for converting 14-bed house
Tenants say a 3-bedroom home converted into a space for 14 people is infested with cockroaches, bed bugs and rats.

How AI-equipped technology can help doctors better diagnose mental health problems
The movement has potential, but experts say users should proceed with caution.

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