I once worked for a chain restaurant that prided themselves on quality.

Everything was fresh and nothing was microwaved.

You could taste the difference.

Then as the years went by, cut a corner here, microwave a manicotti there.

From what I hear now, the tomato sauce comes pre-packaged when it was made fresh with ripe tomatoes daily.

Everything in service eventually falters at the altar of saving a dollar.

Yet the prices never go down.

Quality degrade, money vanish.


Redditor littleallred008 wanted to compare notes on all the degraded quality in the world of retail.

So they asked:

"What has simultaneously gotten worse and more expensive?"

Fast food in general. Wendy's? Your potatoes are shriveled and sad. They used to make me happy.

Ronald?

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"Big Macs. That burger 'patty' is a stones throw away from being a slice of roast beef."

badmangoodguy

Read Closer

"Cable/ Internet providers. Oh yes sorry your trial period was over, your bill went up 200 dollars. Oh no we didn't promise you 200mb/s download speed constantly, we said UP TO. read the fine print."

demonardvark

"In the US, if you’re lucky enough to live in a place with more than one option, call and threaten to cancel (speak with retentions) at the end of your contract."

"You should be able to renew at a better rate (maybe not as good as the trial offer). I actually just switch every year between Comcast and AT&T. I just set a calendar reminder for the following year once I sign a new contract. It’s a small hassle but worth it to save hundreds per year."

sameoldtexans

Skin

"I swear that Reese's peanut butter cups have gotten shi**ier over the years. the peanut butter seems chalkier and the chocolate tastes blander.

Plus I can't ever seem to pry them out of that little cup wrapper without leaving the bottom chocolate 'skin' stuck to it...

"I think the push to put them in the freezer and eat them chilled is a ploy to cover the declining quality."

thatstupidthing

No place like no home...

"As someone shopping for a house, I have to say homes. Not only has the real estate market been ridiculously inflated (especially in NYC, my residence), I'm finding that the actual quality of a lot of these homes are absolute crap. Due to the ability to find and source cheap materials and labor, developers are able to make huge profits off high prices and low costs. It's making me really rethink if I want buy a house, or just use all that money to aggressively invest."

orange_cuse

Not so Wild

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"Buffalo Wild Wings. I don’t know if it’s just me, but their prices have gone up and the quality has gone down."

ChongerHonger333

From my reviews, wings in general have just taken a hit.

Never Lasting

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"Clothes, very few companies make clothes to last and fast fashion is rising while the cost of items continue to increase!"

Longest_YeahBoi_Ever

Yuck

"Scented candles, Yankee Candle in particular used to be the candle that was considered premium. But while they've never been cheap at least a while ago it was worth the money. But now they're just exorbitant in price, they don't smell like they used to, and they are not worth the money."

llcucf80

Use an IPhone...

"Photo booths! Oh the old ones were so cool! Four different real photos for 1 dollar. - Now you pay $ 7 for four identical bad laser prints."

aSadGirlsTongue

"This is why we bought all the supplies and just made one ourselves, super easily. Literally bought a backdrop & frame, all the fancy lighting, props, tablet, tablet stand, color printer, and even the little clicker thing to press when to take the photo."

"All of that off of Amazon, for less than 1/3 the price we were quoted to rent one from a company. And now we have a photo booth... lol. We can be that cool couple that can bring a whole photo booth setup anytime we're invited to our friend's weddings, parties, events, etc."

Rachelalala

Ruined

"The Cadbury Egg is honestly the most disappointing to me, because nearly every one of the food products mentioned has plenty of viable alternatives that haven't been ruined. You can find a thousand high-quality chocolate bars or ice creams or whatever."

"But the Cadbury Egg is a singularly unique product. There's nothing else like it on Earth, so once Cadbury ruined the recipe, it was a treat lost forever."

KlaatuBrute

Learning

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"My university education, specifically this year. They are raising tuition AND fall semester has no in-person sessions."

BlueKnightBrownHorse

Pay Up

"College tuition. When I hear college used to be paid with a summer job, my eyes get watery. I’m a college student."

MsMeself

"I didn't pay for mine on a summer job but worked nights and lived alone and could take 3 classes a semester + summer classes (and paid 1/3 rent) with the money I made."

DpvReno

"A friend of mine pays for his own tuition and covers some house bills for his single mom because he lives at home but he works 2-3 jobs year round, one of them being construction. I don't know how he does it. He's stressed and tired all the time."

trottingtriever

“save and share”

"Smarties. Never been right since they got rid of all the artificial colours. Better for you, I'm sure, but chemical blue was the best flavor."

BlindMansJesus

"Went to poop when they got rid of the tube and replaced it with that weird hexagon box. Actually all my childhood favorites taste worse when you find out Nestle makes them all."

REDDIT

"I can’t stand the box that they’ve split into three sections trying to get you to 'save and share.' If I wanna open the box and pour the lot down my gullet, that is my Canadian-born right."

msstirius

Dang Bucket

"I’m sure this will get overlooked but KFC. I remember growing up a whole family could eat there and it was great! Now it’s just garbage, super greasy, and will cost you an arm and a leg for a dang bucket of chicken. They have gotten way worse and the price has went up."

rprider1a1a2435

Frozens

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"Ice cream with fudge in it. Used to get massive slabs of fudge now they just have tiny nuggets."

ThatFinnishGu

"I can pretty much only stand to buy Ben and Jerry's these days. It ruined other 'frozen dairy desserts' for me."

marvlyn

the cheapest bidder...

"New homes. Cookie cutter houses, built with cheap contractors who cut corners left and right, situated in neighborhoods with ever higher HOA fees: and the HOAs are getting more expensive too."

aznuke

"I agree with this one. I thought buying a newly built home would be great. Turns out everything is cheap. Those nice looking base boards? Particle board. Cabinets? Particle board. Nice front door? it’s plastic and warps when the temperature changes."

"Everything ‘looks’ nice, but at the core it’s all super cheap material that was installed as fast as possible by the cheapest bidder."

fanpoppa749

Greedy Mickey

"Disney Theme Parks. (Speaking pre Covid world). They were better when you could do an entire park in a day, cost much less, like $40 vs whatever the insane price is now, and they limited who could get in."

"Universal is the same way, specifically Halloween Horror nights. It was $15 the first time I went, they capped how many tickets they sold and you had time to do every house plus a couple of rides. It was my favorite and we would go every year."

"Now? It's like $70 for a ticket, you have to buy fast pass for another $30 or $40 just so you have a chance to do every house because the lines can literally be hours long because they don't cap ticket sales and they recycle the same houses but pretend it's a new theme. It's so miserable we stopped going."

BrokenCankle

House Stuff

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"Certain house appliances. My grandma has had the same fridge for 40 years. My parents recently had to replace theirs. It's their third in 20 years."

I_hate_traveling

"On the other hand, you don't want a 40 year old fridge because they are super energy inefficient."

lyrasorial

"Imagine how efficient those old fridges could be with modern technology and materials but the old mechanical design and quality control."

ICC-u

We like Bigger!

"I remember the donuts at Dunkin' Donuts to be bigger and cheaper."

Aero222

"When Donuts were their main thing. now, with all of the sandwiches, breakfast foods, shakes, smoothies, etc... donuts are an after thought."

politicsdrone704

I feel like life itself has degraded and become too expensive in general.

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