I know the ways of 'doing business' certainly don't favour the customer any more...but I wonder if it is an actual 'conspiracy' against us.
I rather tend to think it is just the upshot of mistakes made long ago.
For example, Benjamin Franklin invented advertising many years ago, and took the idea to Europe. He couldn't have known how advertising would be used to promote half-truths, innuendos, and downright you-know-whats.
This is what happens when the fox is left to manage the henhouse. Eventually hens go missing, left, right, and dead centre.
...And the fox claims he was only protecting the public from evil hens.
I read some in the 'Occupy' forum. Wow! I was amazed at how insightful some of those people seem to be. I didn't know so many think about those things. It made me quite glad.
But, if I am correct, and many things are simply what came of former stupidities, perhaps this isn't the way to change things.
I was born in 1938. Things were entirely different then. The 'Dirty Thirties' came after Wall Street's crash in 1929. People went to the wall in 1929, just as they did in Germany in 1923 when runaway inflation hit. That was caused by just printing more marks (money) to make the reparation payments for WW I.
...The salaries of janitors of apartment buildings were higher than the entire building was bringing in rent. Runners were sent out hourly to tell business owners what the mark was worth now.
People would shop in their lunch hours for things they couldn't afford by suppertime. Stores had to be forced to stay open...rather than simply wait till tomorrow to sell their stock at inflated prices.
The mark was worth nothing. No one trusted it. You couldn't get a bit of minced beef if you didn't pay what was asked at the moment you were in the shop. If you were on a fixed income (like a pension), you starved.
Marks were showered on dancers at a ball, and no one stopped to pick any of them up.
Do you know what turned the situation around? They announced that the new mark they were printing was based on the worth of all the land in Germany.
Which was utter nonsence, of course. But, the people bought it. People trusted the new mark.
The old mark could be traded for new at one trillion to one. No one bothered.
To this day Germans are afraid of inflation. When the US had inflation as high as 6% Germany sent delegates to the US to warn government of what can happen.
There have been dozens of runaway inflations in the world. I remember seeing someone take a wheelbarrow of cash to buy groceries in Hong Kong. I saw it on the moviehouse newsreel. It was during China's runaway inflation. We must remember...and suggest ways to protect ourselves, and others.
Here, on this side of the world, I think we must grow our own food, and find sources of clean water.
Every business is upping its prices to unbelievable levels, hoping government will bail it out when the @^#$ hits the fan.
If the government can't, someone is going to get hurt...likely children and old folks.
The same applies if they keep taking the quality out of food, and everything else, while raising the prices.
My objective is to lower prices, and go for volume, in things of the best quality and usefulness.
I also want to offer people ways of earning income, simply and easily. There are many ways...beginning with self-publishing.
...Think low costs and small articles.
Old folks know a thing or two. Listen...and figure out what is best and how to get there.
Only our standards will save us.
...Which is why I am a devoted Humaworm customer.
So, let's try to help each other...encouragement, here, is free.