There's no doubt the grocery shopping experience is different now because of the coronavirus. Costco recently lifted a pandemic rule put in place in March 2020 and is bringing back samples (there's a twist, though). But now there's evidence that products themselves are also changing, and some customers say it's not for the better.
Costco paper towels are a favorite in the warehouse (and they were right there with toilet paper when the pandemic started), but an eagle-eyed shopper just noticed the Premium rolls now come with 20 fewer sheets. (Related: Costco Foods You Should Always Avoid, According to Nutritionists.)
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Online the Kirkland 2-ply paper towels come with 140 sheets per roll and the 12 roll pack is $19.99. With the downsize, that's 240 fewer sheets in the entire pack.
Costco shoppers on Reddit have commented on the change, saying they aren't surprised, and that it reminds them of a few other grocery items that have seen size changes in the last few years.
There's no word yet on when exactly the change occurred and if the pack will cost less in the future. Eat This, Not That! has reached out to Costco for more information. But if you do need to stock up on paper towels, and even toilet paper, at Costco, you're in luck because there is no limit to how many packs you can get.
But while some grocery items are shrinking, others are going up in price. Get ready to pay more for summer cookout staples like hot dogs and bacon, experts say.
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