Hiding Small Sizes

I have slowly learned that various food/drink companies, such as Starbucks, Jamba Juice, and Häagen Dazs, have smaller sizes available, but don’t advertise them. Why would they do this? Money, basically. The cost of the cup and employee’s time is roughly the same regardless of the size, so the company is making alot more profit by selling us the larger size – even if you don’t realize its a larger size. But this all leads to eating or drinking larger portions, too. So I make it a point to ask if there is a smaller size then the one being advertised or displayed. At Starbucks I almost always order a ‘short’ instead of the ‘tall’ size. At Jamba Juice there is a 12 ounce, but its not considered the ‘small,’ which is actually the 16 ounce. And at Häagen Dazs, the regular (or small) has 3 scoops of ice cream, but there is smaller size available if you know to ask.

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