I shouldn’t be surprised, nor shocked actually, but really, I despise the greed that seems to permeate such a broad scope of industry and person, at all levels, today.
Rampant profiteering is the order of the day and already struggling consumers are constantly being nailed with undue and unfair increases and absurd pricing.
Absolutely nothing to do with the current socio-economic climate that this country (South Africa) finds itself enduring explains, with any sense, why I was presented with a product today which cost 20% less just a few months ago.
Nothing reasonable that I can think of explains the Santa Claus-inspired tub of, optimistically, two dozen candy drops for the equivalent of a US Dollar.
How about this for a comparison then?
What you’re looking at, is a 1 LITRE tub of hair gel versus a 150 MILLILITRE tub of hair gel.
I’ve used both. They both gel your hair just fine. You use the same amount of both. Contrary to the belief of some, your hair will be fine should you choose not to use the one infused with seahorse testicles, marketed by a model with a half day hair do and sold in containers that you can slyly flash passers-by with.
If you purchase the ‘name’ gel in the small tub, you will pay around 6.7 times more than the equivalent amount of gel from the economy-size tub. That equates to around R246 for a litre of the ‘name’ gel.
Something else to consider is that the manufacturer of the large tub is unquestionably a far smaller brand, which makes one think; they are surviving our economic climate at a fair price with a product that would probably easily last most people longer than their calendar has months.
For something that so many value so highly, it’s truly amazing how easily they’ll throw money away.
Sadly, the notion of a Code of Ethics in business today seems to be just another bit of figurative fat, readily cut in the relentless pursuit of more, more, more.