Friday, March 4, 2011

Half gallon size cartons

I was shopping in the grocery store last night and picked up orange juice (now, just for the record, I don't generally look for ounces first, I look for what country the oranges came from - I try to always choose USA).

Now, as I was looking for the 'USA only oranges' label, I noticed the ounces marking beside it.  Want to know what it said '59 ounces'.  59 ounces is NOT a half gallon, 64 is.

Do you want to know what is very sad - I bet there are a millions of people who would not know that 59 ounces is not a half-gallon.

Case in point, I had a semi-argument with a stock person one day while trying to find a gallon of regular bleach - she insisted that the 96 ounce bottle was a gallon, I tried to reasonably tell her that no, a gallon is 128 ounces, not 96.  She looked at me like I had 3 heads and said something like "Well, these are our gallons."  Really?  Gallons are different based on store now?

Anyhoo - check your ounces and make sure you figure that into your calculations


  1. Wow, that is shameful! Shame on us for not teaching our youngsters how do figure basic math, shame on the store clerk for treating you like you were the "weirdo", and shame on American businesses for trying to sneak past smaller products by the consumers.

  2. I personally can't stand seeing the products get smaller like that. Cans of tuna used to be 7 oz, and now they are 5. Bleach used to come in gallons, now they are 96oz. 64 oz OJ is now 59oz, etc, etc.

  3. I so relate. I didn't realize they were doing this with so many things. I was bummed when I discovered my ice cream 1/2 gallon containers where not a 1/2 gallon. I posted about it on my blog. If you are interested in my rant, go here