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I got snookered at the supermarket. Not in a way that made me red-in-the-face mad but that reminded me of the shopper’s creed of caveat emptor, or buyer beware. I was in the toilet paper aisle, searching for my usual 12-roll bundle of the store’s private label, when I came upon a similar package from Scott, the national brand, at an unbelievable $5.99. Eureka! Rest assured I’m happy with my generic bath tissue. I go ...

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November 18, 2010
3:52 p.m.

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How is it that weights and measures don't have to be applied exactly to how a package is sold with some of these goods? With the example above, if a 1/2 gallon carton of ice cream, that is labeled as a 1/2 gallon, does not contain a 1/2 gallon by weight (not volume), then to me this is simple fraud, not just deceptive packaging or marketing. If it was labeled and sold as 1.5 quarts, and contained 1.5 quarts by weight, then so be it, but don't sell it as a 1/2 gallon. Is my logic incorrect here? I don't get it.

November 21, 2010
5:56 a.m.

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The ice cream cartons I have seen are not labeled "half gallons." They're just referred to that way in conversation.
They're labeled according to their contents.
No fraud.