Stupid potato chips?

Have you ever noticed that chips companies are ripping you off? I mean really years ago the bags of chips were filled to the top, and now they are barely half full AND THEY CHARGE THE SAME PRICE?!


I know this sounds dumb but it's true plus I'M BORED OUT OF MY MIND!

15 Answers

  • rusrus
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Chips, and other processed foods, are sold by weight - not volume. The half-empty bag of chips may weigh the same as in the past, but is insulated with a blast of air (nitrogen?) to ensure freshness and as a cushion.

    Back in the day, there was a show on HBO: Not Necessarily the News. They had a feature, where viewers would submit words called "sniglets." These words would describe something that didn't already have a word assigned. The sniglet for the air in the chip bag was "snackmosphere." That's what I always remember when I open an "air-rich" back of chips - now you'll remember it too. You're welcome!

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, it does seem some of a rip off, but the air is also there to protect the chips in case the bag gets dropped.

  • 1 decade ago

    It is true I opened a bag of chips the other day and no kidding there were 2 chips in the bag! Because the bags are so filled with air you cannot feel around to see what your getting. I was so mad!

  • 1 decade ago

    Well, yes, it's called merchandising...they are downsizing the chip bags and many other items and still charging the same price, so they can make more money. I guess they think we won't notice?!

    The only choice you really have is not to buy the product, or to buy a cheaper version.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Even though it may seem your getting ripped off you have to look at the total weight of the bag. The net weight has been the same for a while now. Only thing is it looks like the consumer is getting less because of all the air now.

  • 5 years ago

    I absolutely hate it when I go to buy a bag of Lays BBQ Air, and there are chips inside! its awful, and ive filed several complaints to Lays but they haven't responded to any :/

  • 3 years ago


    Because you can make them yourself !

    And while your at it make youself some fish aswell. Unless of course your vegetation.

  • 1 decade ago

    Buy Pringles

  • 1 decade ago

    You will not believe this but the bags are bigger than they use to be.They sale the chips buy the weight, that's what you buy---so many ozs.per bag.So don't stop eating them they are not ripping you off.Enjoy them.......

    Source(s): My company sales potatoes to Frito-Lay...
  • 1 decade ago

    so stop eating chips and have some fruit s or maybe some celery or a few carrots sticks

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