His protest is expressed by the president of INKA General Federation of Consumers of Greece, Giorgos Lehouritis, because, as he claims, the quantities in product packaging are decreasing.
The president of INKA even said that now an individual product on the shelf can be cheaper than the same in a promotional package.
“Detergents now cost 13 euros for 70 scoops, while previously the same package contained 90, one kilo of nuts became 800 grams and the same applies to packaged fruit and many products. Even kitchen sponges have shrunk in size,” Mr. Lehouritis told ERT. “It is not illegal if the reduction in quantity without a change in price is indicated on the packages. But it is also not ethical” points out the President of INKA, adding: “Spaghetti, margarine, yogurt and almost all packaging, even animal feed, have been products with “hidden” price increases in Greece for the last six months since the companies reduce the quantity in the packages”.
The phenomenon was described as “imported as it has been in effect for the last year in Europe”, according to the president of the Consumer Institute, which has already made an official protest. “The Ministry of Development must talk to industrialists because this is misleading the consumer, since the precision on the supermarket shelves conceals inflation with the trick of reduced quantity”, it is pointed out.
“Imported and the abolition of offers of the type 1+1 gift”
In fact, Mr. Lehouritis said that an individual product on the shelf can now be cheaper than the same in a promotional package. “The receipt must be checked, even if the price is the same as the one on the shelves, and of course it is impossible for every consumer to measure,” said Mr. Lehouritis. He finally mentioned a complaint about an unimaginable 150% increase in baby milk, special for allergies which “in a week reached 29-34 euros”.