Thursday, June 19, 2008

Crackberry Pic: Not So Fun...

**NOTE**
Today is Thursday and while my Crackberry pictures are usually on Fridays, I could not let this one wait till then.


We are all trying to cut back to be able to fill our gas tanks and buy those groceries, increasing in cost by the millisecond. We time our errands efficiently, we buy local, we brown bag it, we push the envelope on the sell by dates of dairy (ok, eww); anything that might help. When we look for a small indulgence to remind us that someday we will be able go back to our normal, therapeutic levels of retail therapy sometimes we get b-slapped.





Today the full scale of the economic crisis hit me.





M&M's downsized their fun.





This 'fun size' pack of M&M's had only 5 M&M's (and 1 crushed to smithereens but that doesn't count). I thought maybe that this was a rouge bag and someone on the assembly line decided to pull a Lucy and Ethel, making this particular bag light on the goodies. BUT NO! I checked a couple other bags (I did not open them, I felt them up) then more. Some of them had 4! Is this fun to you? It's not fun to me. It should be called "almost fun but enough to make you upset you don't have more size" or "cheap grandma size" or "bad box lunch on field trip size."






There is nothing fun about 5 M&M's when you have your period, period.



If any kids whose parents work for TM & Mars come to my house for Halloween, they are getting toothpaste.

59 comments:

BS5 Blogger said...

Oooh, no fun! Sorry to hear about that retail shocker. I can see why Friday Crackberry had to be rushed through to Thursday.

I can't really speak to the point about it being extra irritating this week rather than any other week but I sympathise!

I am telling you for sure that if you wrote a letter to M and M and sent that pic', they would send you a free case - just the sort of feedback corporations love and someone in their customer service team will see it and put a spin on it.

Have a top day!

Tara@From Dawn Till Rusk said...

I'm so with you on the cutting back the goodies in order to pay for heating the house (it's nearly summer here in the UK, but it's still cold!) - but denying us our fix of chocolate. I'm sorry but I'd rather go cold. What next, Reeses Pieces the size of a pea?
The world's households will be more outraged about that than the spiralling cost of fuel!

American in Norway said...

That is just WRONG & cheap... & I am glad you called 'em on it. I say we unite & write them a nasty email... Maybe we will get some goodies in return?? Hmm

American in Norway said...

Oooo... I forgot.. Congrats on SITS!

Sarah Mae said...

Haha! That stinks - I don't even think you should give them toothpaste, just four strings of dental floss!

Congrats on being featured on SITS! :)

Böbø said...

Sell by Dates, they're just averages taken on the ultra cautious side. Really, it's fine.

{But don't tell H, she gets all weirdy about it}

Nonna said...

That's pitiful isnt it? 5 M& M's.

Candid Carrie said...

SAY IT ISN'T SO!

I've never known a grown woman to buy the FUN size of M&Ms, sweetie that is enough fun for children and was never intended for adults. It is the obese children that needed their fun scaled back, not you.

They've altered the package labels and the kind of fun you are looking for comes in the guganormous size with the ziploc strip across the top.

Now if there is anything else I can help you with, you just let me know.

Los said...

Yeah, it's time for M&M's to change the name - there's nothing fun about "fun size." When I hear "fun size," I immediately know I'm not going to be satisfied. Thank goodness, they don't make men's condoms in fun size.

Chandra Stauffer said...

Your blog is a hoot! I think you got yourself a new reader. :)

KC said...

Couldn't agree with ya more about prices on things.

There is nothing fun about 5 m&m's. What a ripoff.

It's probably their way of cutting back to help pay for the expensive milk in the chocolate and the gas that fills the trucks that deliever the goodies.

Debbie said...

There is nothing, I mean nothing better than a handful of M&M's after you've eaten a plate of french fries when Aunt Flo comes to visit. Seriously. Nothing compares.

asthmagirl said...

Yes, but they're peanut m&ms. I'm sure there's at least 10 in the regular m&m bags!
Congratulations on your super stardom! (SITS)

Sydney said...

Congrats on being the Saucy Blog of the Day on SITS! I can't believe there were only 5.1 M&M's in the fun size pack. Every place is cutting back... went to buy ice cream last night... there was a mix of 1.75L and 1.5L containers. And instead of 10 pkgs of fruit snacks in a box, some now only have 6 but they are all the same price!! Gotta love this economy!

Tara R. said...

That's just wrong on soooo many levels. M&M are sacrosanct. What has become of this nation?

(via SITS ~ congrats on being a Saucy Blog!)

Brian in Mpls said...

It is funny they try to cut costs by putting less food in the package and then they turn around and spin it as they are concerned about health and right sizing the portion....just give me my fucking candy

Sue said...

Hey SITSta!! Where in PA are you? I'm in Chadds Ford!! Love your blog - you are very funny.

Cristin said...

That is just evil and wrong.

Memarie Lane said...

Oh wow. They didn't even give you any yellow ones. My idea of Fun Size is the 16 ouncer. :P

Kimba said...

Oh for pete's sake. I'd have to eat about 50 bags to get my fill!

Jill said...

Peanut M&Ms are my all time FAVORITE!

Sadly my daughter's don't like them... what a pity...

Parker said...

So, not cool. It's like when you get an ice cream cone and you drop it after a couple of licks. The let down of it all.
Happy Day to you.
HUGS,
Kat

Julie N said...

Wow...holding back on the chocolate...they're playing a dangerous game with women out there! LOL! Have you noticed Dryer's ice cream containers have gotten smaller as well?

Congrats for the feature on SITS!

Talisman said...

Five M&M's is a crime. Call them up in all your PMS glory and threaten to sue for false advertising.

Christy said...

Here from SITS...5?! Seriously?! That's just ridiculous...if they keep that shit up, they're going to have lots of women w/PMS coming after them!

Feathering My Nest said...

A few years back they began making boxes of everything smaller, but charging the same. Big companies thought consumers would not notice. Women are smarter than this. We DID notice and WE did complain. That product was Tampax tampons. The company changed back to their original sized boxes. We can make change. Yay.

Congratulations on being SITS queen for the day. Kathi

The Mom said...

Congrats on the SITS love today!!

Your header photo has great perspective!

Mrs. Parks said...

Rock on SITS'A!

I am mortified at your snack time discovery : (
I seem to be needing the warm love of my chocolate more and more these days and to see this is almost more than I can take.
I love your blog and love that you are here for me at the click of a mouse!

Have a GREAT day : )

Neurotically Yours: said...

"Felt them up" - shame on you! LOL

Well, if you eat all the "Fun" size bags it should equal up to one regular bag.....maybe.....but not even close to King Size.

Congrats on being featured on SITS!

KimmyJ said...

Hola, SITSta! Period + Far too few M&Ms = A full tilt $hit fit at me casa!!

leezee52 said...

Oh no not the M&Ms! Congrats on being the SITS girl today!

Swirl Girl said...

If some guy complained about only getting 5 Budweiser's in his six pack - there'd be a full scale mutiny!

Sweet toothers unite!!!

Boycott M and M's and switch to Skittles!!!

Queen Mommy said...

WOW! Man oh man...less is definetly not more!

Angie said...

First of all...congrats on all your comment love today! Yay! Second of all, I say we all band together and boycott Mars, Inc. 4, 5 M&Ms is insulting. I agree...that is NO FUN!

Parker said...

Quilt making summer it is.
I'm with you Sister GIRL.
HUGS,
Kat

Mom2FiveBratz said...

I know what you mean. Feeding 4 kids all summer is killing us, not to mention having to fill up our suv gasguzzler on a weekly basis. Ive been rationing my kids snacks, and cooking daily..god i want a burger from a greasy fast food place!!! lol
groceries have gotten ridiculously pricey, milk is 5 bucks a gallon?! eggs have finally gone down to 3 bucks a carton, and cereal, the cheap kind is still over priced and the box is smaller!

Sidney said...

Congrats on SITS!! And your blog is hysterical...definitely what I needed today!

...love Maegan said...

usually, the fun pack have 7. you got gypped! I am addicted to peanut m&m's -it's a serious problem :)

Katy Lin :) said...

i agree! not fun at all! what is the world coming to? i hope the mars companies ceos can sleep at night knowing that their new policy may send emotional (menstural) women everywhere into crazy chocolate frenzies!

Jen said...

Great Blog! Very Funny. You are so right about the M&M's. It is just not fair. In my world I would have eaten 2 more bags. One to make me happy and get over the trauma of the first bag and the second one b/c the first bag didn't have enough in it.

Lindsay said...

What is up with the M&Ms???? I sure hope they have lowered their prices, because that's just ridiculous.

Have you notice that EVERYTHING seems to have smaller sizes (and higher prices)? I remember the Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies were HUGE when I was a kid, and they're now just as expensive but half as large. You have to go to Sam's to get the "large size".

Alaina said...

5 M&M's? That's got to be against the law... that isn't even a slice of a normal chocolate consumption level. Urgh... must medicate with chocolate.

PS... are you loving the comments from all the SITS visitors?

Robin said...

Congrats on your SITS nod!

I am glad that I'm not the only one who has 'felt up' an M&M bag. Puttin you on my blog roll chickie..

Tess said...

Congrats on SITS!

Suzanne said...

That's just wrong. They can't mess with the chocolate! This is definitely one to call their CustSrvc about...I wouldn't take less than several coupons for free bags of regular size. Let us know if you do get something out of them. ;-)

Adrienne said...

Oh man! That is terrible! What kind of crap is that!? 4-5 M&M's in every bag. Cheap advertising. Geh.
http://scrappin-a-rose.blogspot.com/

Kaza said...

I like the Grandma size idea. 4 or 5 M&Ms, that's just WRONG.

Scary Mommy said...

That would piss me off too!!!
Nobody can be expected to stop at 5!

gaining some lb's said...

They have some nerve. Did you write them? ohhhh...you must. Those bastids....gipping out a woman who is due for the flood of the century.......Dont mess with me and my chocolate at that time.....

Whats next???? a 3 pack of beer????? OMG could you imagine??



peace
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Angie said...

Those cheapskates. Geez, they must really not be properly afraid of my chocolate-frenzied PMS episodes. I'm visiting from SITS and love your blog!

Darrin said...

5 M&M's! That just aint right!!

Shelby said...

You poor dear. This is truly a tragedy. By the way, I LOVE your crackberry pics. I would love an entire blog dedicated to crackberry pics of your life, haha.

AFRo said...

My goodness it's crowded in here! Congratulations on your day today! I've got you added to my reader, so you'll be hearing from me again soon!

Thanks for your visit today...I'll try not to leave you guys hanging too long.

Jane @ Kidzarama said...

That's the most disgusting thing I've ever heard!

Personally, I go for the 600g size bag. It's my main source of stress relief.

Pam Hawk said...

...so they weren't really M&Ms at all. Just Ms.

That's too bad. What a tease.

Maybe your mention in SITS will help ease the pain?

Ritch in Love said...

Technically it's Friday...but I haven't made it to bed yet, so for me it's still Thursday. :) Congrats on the SITS Spotlight!
And as for your M&M experience...totally sad. If I had dumped those 5 measley candies into my hand my reaction would have been: BLING*BLINK!

Nichole said...

Oh, that's the saddest picture ever! You should definitely forward this post to the M&Ms people.

EmBee said...

I think somewhere in my archives I actually have a blog post about this very same thing!

It's blasphemy to refer to 4-5 m&m's as 'Fun' size... 'Fun' size to me would be a package with enough m&m's to make my stomach hurt!

Vicki said...

Oh no. There's nothing fun about that. It's a joke and someone should tell M&M it ain't funny...

I need to blog about the bag of chips I bought recently. It was a rather large bag but when I opened it there were only enough chips to fill the bottom fourth. And you can't feel up a bag of chips because you don't want to crush them! Very disappointing to say the least. :)