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PostSubject: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Tue Dec 27, 2011 5:42 am

I don’t like the ideology behind $1.98
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Tue Dec 27, 2011 11:03 am

Are you refering to the $1.98 Beauty Show ? - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%241.98_Beauty_Show
I dont think it's a progamme we can get this side of the pond.
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:24 pm

No, Bat
I’m meaning $1.98 for what is ‘honestly’ $2.00
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:28 am

is that not something to do with tax?..if they round it up they have pay more tax
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:26 am

The same here happens too. Many things are priced £1.98 or £1.99 to make them look cheaper than £2.00
Guess it's an almost universal marketing tactic.


I'm going to put on the other hat here......
Even in the present economically-troubled times we are living in affluent societies. The proof is right here in front of us in that we have our computers and we able to talk to the World!
The root of this wealth is nearly all created in one way - trade.

There might be many faults with the system. It gets up our nose when city bankers get bonuses of thousands, millions sometimes, just for shuffling a bit of money from here to there. Or big multinational companies get let off billions in tax while ordinary people are harrassed for every last penny owed.
But it's still trade that makes most jobs and creates the tax revenue that provides public services and pensions and benefits.

Is not the very cornerstone of our free democratic societies that an enterprising person has the right to go forth and seek their fortune?


And that will usually entail starting a commercial business of some sort.



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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:36 pm

'$1.98' is an insult to a persons intelligence.
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:29 pm

$1.98 is deterioration.
…just as in personal survival for many is in the inhibitation of electric cars.
It is to cheat thy neighbor.
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:23 am

its reckoned that one pound out of every ten spent in the UK end ups in Tescos tills.
As the traditional high street shops continue to disappear and town centres become little more than a collection of wine bars, the question has to be asked, is it right that a few big supermarket chains should have wrangled almost complete dominance of the grocery & provisions trade?

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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:59 pm

Yes Mr. Bat!
I was in the city of Vancouver, one time. And I went to one of those automated check-out grocery stores. It made me feel like a robot. And everybody looked that way too!
It was creepy!
Later on, I tried to find that grocery store again. And it seems that it had closed-down. Because I couldn’t find it again.
Quite the creepy way of buying things. Becoming detached from people!

The prices were cheap. But, I was glad that I couldn’t find the store again! It gave me such an ominous dread feeling searching for the place.
Of course, I was compelled by the cheap prices.

Those stores don’t seem to be around here anymore.
There was stolid a teller.
Everybody mechanically swiped all their items through one of those scanner things. Just as robots would do.
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The best part of my day is in talking to people.
I wasn’t looking forward to going back to that robot store!
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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:22 am

Quite agree. even if I have only one or two items would still prefer to queue up and see a real person at the till rather than just one of those mechanical self sevice things.

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PostSubject: Re: What bothers you about Commercialism?    Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:33 am

£1.98 or in US Dollars is the 'magic' figure which many retailers use to attract more buyers. Sell the same product over £2.00 and they will hardly sell any at all. It's the psychological side these supermarkets use to grab us, and we consumers fall for it every time.

Bat said 'its reckoned that one pound out of every ten spent in the UK end ups in Tescos tills.' But in fact, one pound in every ten spent on the high street goes into Sir Philip Green's pocket because he owns most nationally popular retailers in any given town. As for Tesco, they apparently grab more than 10% of the UK's spending population which is why their stores continue growing.

The commercialism I hate is not so much the supermarkets' profits, but the control they have on us. We can't buy what we need in most high streets because retailers either don't stock the products, or said products cost way too much. Exceptions being fresh fruit and veg and meat which is cheaper bought from a privately owned shop, almost everything else may be bought slightly cheaper in Asda, Morrison's or Tesco. Tesco I hate seeing their Tesco Express shops stealing trade from private retialers in almost every town. Yet, we only have ourselves to blame because the supermarkets pander to our wishes and stock almost every single grocery item under one roof.

We should thank our lucky stars we don't have those ginormous hypermarkets the French have, all of which are the size of aircraft hangars and would swallow the largest Tesco outlet in one (greedy) gulp. However, given time the big supermarkets will catch up with the French to buy us down the river, £1.98 and all.

Speaking of which.. those pre-packed veg sold for £1.98 consisting on 1 onion, 2 carrots, a couple of spuds and a single leek have a 4,000% mark up.
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