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posted 5/31/2007 5:26:39 PM |
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I still hate paying what I do for gas, but check this out!

The price of Gas These are US gallons


All these examples do NOT imply that gasoline is cheap; they just illustrate how outrageous some prices are....

You will be really shocked by the last one!


Compared with Gasoline......


? Think a gallon of gas is expensive?





This makes one think, and also puts things in perspective.


? Diet Snapple 16 oz @ $1.29 .... $10.32 per gallon


?? Lipton Ice Tea 16 oz @ $1.19 ....$9.52 per gallon



Gatorade 20 oz @ $1.59 ... $10.17 per gallon



???? Ocean Spray 16 oz @ $1.25 ..... $10.00 per gallon



?Brake Fluid 12 oz @ $3.15 .... $33.60 per gallon



Vick's Nyquil 6 oz @ $8.35 .... $178.13 per gallon



Pepto Bismol 4 oz @ #3.85.... $123.20 per gallon



Whiteout 7 oz @ $1.39 .... $25.42 per gallon






Scope 1.5 oz @ $0.99/oz. .... $84.48 per gallon



And this is the REAL KICKER....

Evian water 9 oz @ $1.49......... $21.19 per gallon!?
WOW!!!??? $21.19/ gal. for WATER and the buyers don't even know the source.

(Evian spelled backwards is Naive.)



Ever wonder why printers are so cheap?? (this is true)?
So they have you hooked for the ink.
Someone calculated the cost of the ink at................
(you won't believe it....but it is true........)
$5,200 a gal. (five thousand two hundred dollars)


So, the next time you're at the pump,? ? be glad your car doesn't run on water, Scope, or Whiteout, Pepto Bismol, Nyquil or God forbid, Printer Ink!




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Dominus

May 31 @ 5:51PM  
A long time ago, one man had two apples and one man had two oranges. They traded one for the other and so the first idea of commerce was formed.

But then later, one of the same guys had two apples but the other had twenty oranges. The apples became more valuable as they were more rare and this sparked free trade based on the law of supply and demand.

But then gold came on the scene and then someone insisted that you could no longer just swap apples for oranges, you had to swap apples for gold and then gold for oranges, and the people who controlled the gold took their small cut. This was the birth of usury, which was considered a sin by the church for a very long time. It's obvious why: because you loose value of the goods in the process.

And later still gold became inconvenient so people went off the gold standard and governments calculated a country's net worth based on speculation and divided it up into the sums of dollars, yen, pounds, and so on. This kicked Usury up a notch and therefore even more was lost in translation.

When credit came along, then people started charging each other money based on money or goods or services that didn't exist yet and even more was lost.

But now we use shares, where shareholders (individuals who have no idea how any given company works) vote to see how a company should work and speculate on how much it should make in a fiscal period. If the company fails to meet up to the expectations of the shareholders then the public is held accountable and they raise prices to meet the expectations regardless of how unrealistic they were.

In other words, we once paid for something based on what it was worth. Now, we pay what some yahoo wants regardless if it's worth it or not. You tell me...this is supposed to be an improvement?
skinonskin

May 31 @ 6:58PM  
Quoting Dom:

In other words, we once paid for something based on what it was worth. Now, we pay what some yahoo wants regardless if it's worth it or not. You tell me...this is supposed to be an improvement?

I do agree with you but in our economy, at least what you need is available usually when you need it! And if you have a business, then you charge for your services or products, likewise! That's our "free enterprise" for ya in a "free market!"

Prices like these, I can deal with- I wouldn't want to even think of paying black market prices, if it ever came to that!

JMOP


Dominus

May 31 @ 11:18PM  
I do agree with you but in our economy, at least what you need is available usually when you need it!

And I'd agree with you save perhaps for a caveat...the problem I have with capitalist economies is that in order to maximize profits they are geared toward mass marketing. While this is good for selling large quantities of items to people, there are several problems that come out of it.

For example, a record producer does not want to sell a million records. He wants to sell a million of one kind of record. While this is great news for a no-talent bozo like Britney Spears or Madonna, it's not as good for the myriad of other high-talent performers who simply don't get coverage. Bands like The Leslie Spit Treeo or Cats Laughing get very little promo and therefore they never get to achieve their full potential.

Secondly, there is the element of proprietary control. With the standardization of the NTSC format, companies are attempting to limit from whom you can purchase data. They can't actually tell you that you can't get a movie or recording (after all, there are places to buy region 0 players) but the restrictions like this make it hard to get certain items. The new way of effectively "banning" media politely.

Thirdly, litigation can be used as a tool to ruin free choice. The Nutra Sweet company (a very large company comparatively) has sued the emerging Splenda sweetener company in the hopes of putting them out of business. The full story goes that the sugar conglomerates did the testing for saccharine before declaring it causes cancer. This is a fiction. The "cancer" was invoked in laboratory rats by feeding them the human equivalent of five gallons of soda worth of saccharine daily with no other food source. Of course they were going to get cancer. Nothing can live like that. But Nutra Sweet marketed it's product by doing it's own testing, essentially ignoring certain side effects produced by it's product (originally, their labels were not required to carry warnings for phenylkanuerics) and pushing their product on the public in just 5 years. Splenda (sucralose) was tested for over 30 years before it's release to the public. Currently, Nutra Sweet is suing the company because they are claiming that Splenda's statement that it's made from sugar is inappropriate by FDA standards (actually, it's simply a wrangling over terms...Splenda is made from sugar but it does not have sugar as an ingredient) in the hopes that an expensive law suit will cause prices to go up and shrink the market share.

Finally, brand marketing by using multinationals can essentially push smaller company names out of existence. An example being sunflower seeds. Some of the tastiest and largest sunflower seeds are grown by companies in Mongolia, but you can only get them here through very few stores. In contrast, David's Sunflower Seeds are readily available (and just happen to be a Con Agra product) even though they are not nearly as good as the Mongolian seeds as they are grown in poor quality soil in South America.

Free markets should empower people to make their choices on value-based decisions, not inhibit consumers' choices by tricking the public.
TomJ4458

Jun 1 @ 5:30AM  
It all comes down to whatever the market will bear. Cost and demand. The more you want or need it, the more it will cost you. Unfortunately this is a consumer's market and they got you by the balls.

Look at pickups or 4X4's, ahem, now called SUVs due to the demand for higher priced luxury items and "creature comforts". Since when do you need a 2 1/2 ton all terrain capable vehicle to take your poodle to the hairstylist? Yup, yup, yup the price goes up. I'd say that the term, 'Ya get what ya pay for..' is more apprappo than ever.

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