Capitalism and exploitation


rose-flowerYou know, I’m all for making money, after all I make money too, by offering my services to my employer, as a software developer, for a monthly remuneration. Heck, I’ve had my share of businesses in the past and partnerships and we’ve made money too. Yet, the one thing I’ve always done is give people a fair deal and ask for what is regarded as, market related salaries/rates. 

I strongly believe you should pay for what you’re getting, the better the quality, the more effort involved, the more you should pay for it, and rightly so.

Now, to the crux of the matter and the reason for this post – WTF do florists think makes their flowers so f$#%*ing special on the 13th and 14th of February every frickin year that warrants them ripping off their customers by charging more than 3 times the price they’re normally sold for?

Did they feed them with special gold-laced flower food in the week leading up to Valentine’s day making the flowers grown more expensive than the rest of the flowers – from the same frickin plant – prior to the week leading up to Valentine’s day?

I can almost guarantee they will make the same profit for the month, if not more, if they actually droppped their prices on and around special occasions and more people will buy their products. 

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against Valentine’s day – I love my wife – we went out to a restaurant last night, and this morning I made her breakfast in bed. No, I didn’t buy her flowers and no, I didn’t buy her a card (another pet-hate but that’s for another day’s rant). I’ll buy her two bunches of flowers at the end of the month for less than half what I would have paid yesterday, or today.

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2 Responses to “Capitalism and exploitation”

  1. In the Southern Suburbs (behind Peddlar’s) there is a small informal settlement where a couple have a small piece of land on which they grow flowers.

    The flowers are freshly cut (i.e. that very morning), so they have more vase-life left in them. Their condition is perfect, as they have not be thrown around from van to warehouse back to van and then to shop. Furthermore, I was able to buy four bunches for a total of R50.00 and put the money directly in the pocket of someone in greater need, rather than your high-street florist.

    The only downside was they used the back-page of the Sunday Times to wrap them in, needless to say the wrapping was in the bin after two seconds – who needs to pay R30 for fancy translucent wrapping? Oh, sorry, you do apparently 🙂

    • @Joe – You know what, that’s actually a much better idea – I’d make the trip next time, I know the area you’re talking about. Mmmm, back-page of the Sunday Times, so us blokes get something out of the deal too 🙂

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