Sunday, November 26, 2006

please explain

Assume a grossly consumerist, materialist view of the world, one in which we all agree that a pay increase makes us better off (other things being equal).

Now instead of getting a pay increase, every time you go shopping some stranger pops up and pays 10% of your bill. Are you better off? If not, why not?

Update: Before I forget that I had a point, this does actually happen on a large scale and people do moan. Where?


Swart Donkey said...

What does the stranger want?

Does that 10% bite you in the ass somewhere else?

What strings are attached?

Are you going to make a discovery that that 10% costs you something elsewhere....

Didn't your Mom ever teach you not to take things from strangers?

Andrea said...

Won't it just encourage you to buy things that you don't need just because they will be partially paid for by someone else?

Kind of like chicks on a sale-just buy because it's cheap!

stuart said...

What does any stranger offering free stuff want? Sex.

I actually had very little experience of strangers trying to give me stuff when I was a kid, I'm not sure what to make of that.

The handy thing about making up your own scenarios is that you can be sure that there are no strings attached; at least the stranger is in no position to attach them. The only thing that might count is that the stranger can choose when to stop paying 10%, so if you get used to the discount it might come as a bit of a shock when it disappears.

I'm not sure I'm comfortable with such sexist comments on this blog Andrea, so watch it. It's true that the stuff you're likely to buy with your increased buying power will be stuff you need less (otherwise you'd already be buying it!). But is this a bad thing, I like sales.

Andrea said...

Don't get me wrong-I like sales as much as the next girl(or boy-don't like your above insinuation)but you definitely do end up buying stuff you don't really need!

Arb comment, but work is slow at the moment-trying to convince people to join the firm-eish!

Sorry I couldn't make it tonight-hee hee-free meals come first(how fitting!)

Movie and some prison break swap soon.

stuart said...

It wasn't an insinuation, it was an acusation :)

cristi said...

I hate sales, maybe i'm a boy.

completely off topic, but i just read that their is now a product that allows chicks to pee standing. I'm not sure how many women are going to buy one of these things, but if some stranger is paying 10%, it'll definitely improve sales.

stuart said...

The problem with sales is that they cause the queues to swell. Giving stuff away wouldn't get into the scrum during the January sale on Oxford street. Same reason why I don't get the cheap DVD's at Rhondebosch cafe.

Fortunately this isn't a problem in my example.