Many of these situations can be explained by the fact that the cost of
the packaging materials and labor to make the package is worth more that
the item being packaged. I have gone through the local hardware store
and found many items where this is true.
One way to check the cost of packaging is to look at an items where the
package is essentially the same, and compare the cost of several sizes.
One example I found was the cork pads to put on chairs so they don't
damage the hardwood floors. You could buy packages of 4, 8, 12, and 16
piece. The cost was $2.20 $2.40 $2.60, and $2.80 projecting the cost
back through zero the cost of the packaging was about $2.00, and the
item was about a $0.05/piece.
If you look you can find many examples of this.
I'm guessing pricing has a lot more to do with supply and demand and
many other marketing factors than the actual price of the materials in
I've seen the same package of "stuff" in several different home stores
for roughly the same price.
The same identical package of "stuff' will be at several different craft
stores for a different price.
The only difference (when there is any) is the printing on the cardboard
insert. Maybe a different font or coloring, to appeal to frumpy middle
aged woman, rather than macho middle aged men.
The bean counters have figured out the market value of the "stuff" to
that particular market and demographic and they price it for maximum
"Playing is not something I do at night, it's my function in life"
They might have figured out that anybody who buys the kit is likely to buy
additional bits later and thus it's profitable to sell the bits for more.
Who is going to toss the jig just because they lost or broke the bit?
It may be more costly, but with more built they can eventually engineer some
cost out or improve efficiency. At some point we will no longer have the
luxury of digging holes and burying trash. Or it will be very costly to
ship the trash to holes a long way away. Remember the NYC garbage barge?
As long as the price paid is high enough. Recycling is the perfect
example of There being no such thing as a free lunch.
The current economic down turn has pretty much sent the recycling
programs to the dump.
And trash contains many toxic elements as well. I read of one proposal that
would burn so hot, that little toxicity would remain. The catch?? It would
require a lot of fuel to burn up the toxic components. Which may be a way
to to take care of toxins, but a lousy way to generate power.
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