Is there really 9 ounces of chips in that bag?
Or is it really like 5 ounces? The bag says 9 ounces of chips but when the bag is opened, it is half full of air and half full of chips, which looks like maybe 4.5 or 5 ounces only. What do you think?
If you look at the weight of the bag there is usually (at least in Europe) a lower-case 'e' next to it, this 'e' means 'Average approximate weight'. So they weigh everything in bulk and then divide to find out the average weight of a bag and just slap that on the packaging. So I would hazard a guess that the real weight probably fluctuates from bag to bag.
Why not open a bag a weigh it yourself on kitchen scales and then find out what percentage of the total weight is actually the nitrogen & the bag compared to the chips?
The air does two things:
1) It makes it look like you're getting more than you really are.
2) It acts as a cushion to help prevent the chips from breaking.
I would guess that if you look for fine print, you might find a disclaimer along these lines:
"Package is filled as full as practical with modern equipment. Some settling of contents occurs during shipping."
But--do look carefully--the ounce statement may very well say, "net weight," which means the chips alone, exclusive of that added air.
At least, that's what they print on boxes of cereal.....Chips, I don't know. I do know that the air is supposed to protect the chips from breakage, but I've found it doesn't always work.
At any rate--air or no--chips are probably the worst value for your money in the store, right after that infamous cereal.
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