I buy my solvents in bulk so I haven't seen the price increases. Haven't
had to buy any for a while. You really might want to consider buying your
lacquer thinner from autobody supply houses. I don't know what regional
pricing difference may prevail, but around here a gallon on lacquer thinner
was selling at around $9 at places like Ace Hardware and I was buying it in
5 gallon cans for $20-25 depending on which supplier I used. There is a big
savings to be had by buying even as small a quantity as a 5 gallon can,
versus buying it by the gallon.
How does Supply & Demand account for the rate of Medical cost increases? How
do you justify the fuel situation following Katrina? Contrived collusion?
Opportunistic pricing? Blaming SUV's is simply simplistic.
Computers, etc. can drop 90% and their effect would be miniscule compared to
the insiduous multiple effects of medical and fuel. Aside from what is
personally spent on these two there are the hidden expenses within any
product's price for these two. Look at the corporations, even
municipalities, that are escaping from including medical benefits for
retirees, even present workers.
We have anti-trust laws because Supply & Demand works fine - only to a
point. We had price controls in the past because the market got out of
Our Balance of Payments has been out of whack for so long that the world has
purchased the U.S. with their excess dollars instead of conquering it. What
American "named" company is actually owned by an American company any more?
Politicians are influenced by Big Money and the BM isn't ours anymore. We're
like the dog carrying ticks around. Doesn't that also make it convenient
that we're supposed to be the world's watchdog? Run up still more debt to
pay for that role? And if that role is opposite your position then it makes
us a handy scapegoat for you to hate and protest. That way you're burning
our flag instead of someone else's.
Son, this ain't your daddy's WWII world anymore.
Actually, supply & demand exactly accounts for medical cost increases
and fuel costs.
Companies are mostly amoral, and they have limited production capacity.
Therefore, the way to maximize profits is to jack up the price until
the (profit_per_unit * units_sold) reaches a maximum. There is a demand
for petroleum products and high-priced advanced medicine (wonder drugs,
MRI, specialists, etc.), so the "price_per_unit" can be staggeringly
high without driving people away.
If you're willing to settle for a lower level of medical care, the costs
If fewer people drove cars, the price of gas would likely be lower.
(Now at some point you'd lose the advantages of economies of scale, so
there is a lower limit.)
I suspect the only reason gas isn't *more* expensive is fear of
political backlash from the consumers. Note that in europe it's easily
2-2.5 times as expensive as in North America, while in Venezuela they
pay around 5 cents a litre because the oil wells are state-owned.
Back in the USSR, a medical doctor's worth to the system was the determinant
in computing their pay. They made less than second-level supervisors in
factories, whose purchased diligence could be measured in output.
Of course, even before Levis and Marlboros, the Soviets I traveled with
wanted OTC antihistamines, aspirins, decongestants. Or if female,
Limited production capacity "by design". Have you noticed that most of the
major oil companies in the US have merged? Literally 1/2 the competition
has been eliminated. With less competition there is less incentive to keep
the prices low. Many of the refineries have been closed down as a result of
the mergers and then there is the greater need of more "designer gasoline
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