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The lost world of the Free Market...

How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

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Mad science gone horribly, horribly wrong(or right).

The lost world of the Free Market...

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run the fuck away
A free market economy works on a simple principle- companies produce a product, and offer that product to the populace. They balance supply and demand and quality against cost. The theory is, that the public is willing to pay a certain amount, and if the quality versus cost does not balance out, they go someplace else. Compaines that provide quality products and services are rewarded, they prosper and grow. They outstrip compaines that can't compete with them.

What happens when a company can move in, and provide a lower quality product at a higher price, and through mass marketing and centralization, drive out other companies. We see this happening, in Starbuck's, Wal-Mart's, and other such gigantic chain stores. Copmaines have gotten so big that they can stamp out the alternatives, merge and cooperate. There's no longer any real choice, since your business no longer matters to them- you are a statistic, you are a meaningless piece of marketshare.

And then I see things like Stop Media Regulation, because Rush Limbaugh is being oppressed. It remains a joke, a big fucking joke.
  • lower quality product at a higher price? i don't drink coffee, so i couldn't comment on starbucks (although i would like to see them all blown up simply for ripping off the name of a battlestar galactica character), but when i think of wal-mart, i think of low-quality products for cheap.

    --ravyn
    • It's true for alot of things they carry, but there's alot of hype to their low prices- I've seen things much cheaper elsewhere, but there's really no competition, so they jack the prices.

      The other part, which I didn't think of then, was they way they try and force you into a "might as well", or "where else would I go" mentality. They try and get you to shop there from habit, or by pushing out the competition.
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