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What you need to know about deflation – the ‘sneaky cousin’ of inflation

Have you ever felt like there was something inside your favorite box of cereal? Or that even if you can not put your finger on it, you do not get the same amount of fluid from every Gatorade you drink?

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

Shrinking Gatorade bottles and small boxes of cereal are just two examples of what has become known as “deflation” – practices of companies shrinking the contents of the package while charging the same prices.

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

He says companies can make containers smaller or take a different shape or put less product in them. “It’s just to hide the fact that their prices are rising. »

For consumers, it can be difficult to locate it because stores usually remove old products before they are replaced. Deflation is not new, but experts say it happens more often in times of high inflation, such as today, and affects almost all types of packaged products. Read more

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How deflation affects Canadian consumers

To cope with the effect of rising inflation, companies reduce the size of packages while charging the same prices in what is called deflation. Experts suggest that consumers can avoid deflation by paying attention to the unit price rather than the total price.

How This Guy Fought Over $ 5,200 After A Travel Agency Used Its Airline Coupons – On Other Customers

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

But then he found out he had won over $ 5,200 and his confidence dropped.

Last June, Toronto-based Air Canada All Link Travel issued 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 company repeatedly said there was no indication of valuable travel documents. Then I used those coupons to pay for someone else’s travels.

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

Jill is one of thousands of Canadians who have been struggling for months to get travel vouchers issued in the midst of the pandemic. Many say the travel agencies they have used exacerbate their problems getting coupons or refunds from airlines.

All Link Travel claimed that the coupons were used by mistake – three times – but that was not until Go Public became involved in redeeming them for Jill.

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

Jill says he is grateful for his money, but the experience has been stressful.

He said, “It’s fine.” “At the same time, I still feel it should have happened.” Read more

Air Canada gave Surinderpal Gill of Brampton, Ont., Coupons worth more than $ 5,200 to compensate for flights canceled early in the pandemic. He became furious when he was told that his travel agency had used them on other clients’ travels. (Kimberly Ivani / CBC)

High fuel prices hamper Canadians’ long-awaited travel plans

Does the end of most COVID restrictions make you want to take the road?

You are not alone, but high petrol prices burden many of the planned summer trips this year.

With gasoline over $ 2 per. liters in most parts of the country, the long-awaited trips to reunite their loved ones or enjoy a well-deserved vacation have lost some of their luster.

According to a new poll, two-thirds of Canadian drivers surveyed said rising gasoline prices were likely to force them to cancel or limit their trips this summer.

Although he no longer has to worry about COVID-19 test requirements when crossing the border, Ted Hilton of Ingersoll, Ont. Said he will not be visiting family in Michigan this summer due to rising gasoline prices. (Craig Chivers / CBC)

The survey, conducted by Doctors for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, included 1,538 Canadians in April. The study had a similar margin of error, which increased or decreased by 2.5%, 19 times out of 20.

“It’s a little frustrating,” said Ted Hilton, 81, of Ingersoll, Ont.

He lives on a steady income and looked forward to visiting his family in Michigan now that the requirements for border testing have been raised.

But he says he can not afford to drive 460 kilometers before the price of gasoline falls.

“You are dependent on keeping in touch with your friends and family … and not being able to travel and meet them, it makes you feel a little isolated.” Read more

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