Two days ago, I went to the local Chinese takeout place and found that they had about 10 specials at half the price. 3 rolls of sushi with a salad cost 10.00 when each roll is normally $5 each. They also had other meals such as Sesame Chicken, a quart of fried rice and a quart of soup for 10.00. That can feed a family of 3.
It's obvious that the owners of this store realized that "Maybe if I sucked up my greed for a second and charged less, more people would come here." After seeing their prices, whenever I order takeout, I will go there.
I'm sick of hearing about today's economy. Yes, it sucks and people want to finger point and find the scapegoat. I won't over analyze here, but some of the problems, to me, could have been prevented or even fixed, but can we Americans step down from our pedestal and for a moment not be spoiled?
Going back to the Chinese food example, why can't most businesses lower their prices. They would definately get more business. It costs 10 cents, supposedly, to make a T shirt so why not charge $10 instead of $20? Why can't restaurant add a soup or a salad to every meal so that people would get more of a bang for their buck? It used to be that way, when you ordered a dinner, the meal came with a soup or salad. Now, in most chains, the prices have gone up, but you get less. Why do the prices keep going up? I used to work at a Friendly's and the prices increased about 40% since I worked there, but people are once again getting shittier service with a smaller meal. Some businesses are slowly getting it, charging $20 for an appetizer and dinner for two. Why wasn't it thought of before? Basically if we made things slighty cheaper more people would buy. You must admit most things are overpriced.
Other questions to ponder:
1. In today's society, kids are prepped to go to college. It's all that's talked about in elementary schools and high schools. "You need this for college" blah blah blah, when some kids would do better getting life skills or learning a trade. Why not teach cooking so people don't have to eat out? Or what a morgage is?
2. Thinking about question #2, kids today are basically told if you don't go to college your a loser. I'm all for reaching your potential, but today everyone goes to college, but only some get a job. The reason being, even if you pay the same amount as someone else for college, if you aren't made for it, your going to graduate with a low GPA or with a major that won't get you anywhere and your back at square one working a min. wage job with a 40,000 loan. Why can't we just shut up and allow people to figure out what they want to do with their lives before shoving them into college at age 18? Can we back down from our pride for a second? Therefore, people have college loans but are doing nothing with their college degrees. Or they go back to school two times to figure out what they want. But, hey, it's better than having your son/daughter work at the mall, right? It's less of an embarassment. So in 4 years, he or she is still working at the mall, but yeah he has a BA in Art.
3. Until this year, I've never made more than $10,000 a year so then why oh why is my credit limit $5,000? How is that even allowed?
4. How come college loans give you three times more than you need for college without even knowing if you can pay it back? My graduate degree cost me $18,000 because I paid the min. but if I would have taken all the loan I would have an $80.000. It almost becomes a pain in the ass to get a lower loan. There isn't even a spot to say you want less of a loan. You have to handwrite it in yourself and, no, the directions don't say that. At least, my dad knew enough to explain this to me. Most people don't know this though (see point #1).
5. Why is college so much money? The professors are mostly adjuncts or grad students who get about $2,000 per class. Hey, isn't that the price of one class for one student. Um, yeah. So then where is the money going? Oh yeah to the President and his White House style mansion on campus.
6. Okay, why do I have to pay for idiots? Obviously this doesn't relate to anyone, but if you were dumb enough to buy an expensive house that you couldn't afford in a worse case scenario, why is that my problem? Oh cause I have a superior credit score and pay my bills off every month, that's why? When I buy a house, I plan on buying one that is less than what I could afford, you know, just in case I lose my job.
7. And why the fuck does it cost so much to get health insurance? Most poorer people don't have health insurance, therefore, if they get sick, then they're in debt and can't afford their house and what not. If you work full time insurance should be guaranteed by any job even if you have to put some money into it.
8. Why are we complaining? Why are we using the crappy economy to give shitty gifts and act like we're getting something for free just because some people lost their jobs? My grandma told me "Oh, I'm sorry if your birthday money is less. You know, this economy" but she goes to Atlantic City every weekend. Go figure.
9. There are people in other countries that no matter how shitty our economy is have nothing. They don't even know what the words "unemployment check" mean.