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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Well said.

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[–] baphometsrage 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

As much as I do wanna help I 100% agree. I have sympathy but I'm not responsible for their well being. We all have shit to deal with and we can't all save everyone. You didn't get the water you need or grain stores even 100 years ago you'd be dead, be grateful it's there

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[–] Chiefpacman 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Perhaps everyone who thinks charging $2 or $3 a bottle for water is gouging

$50 for 6 water bottles is price gouging. Not $2 for one bottle. No ones asking for charity down here, just to not be completely fucked over by companies making a quick buck off a crisis.

And it's illegal, so just report it where you see it and move on.

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[–] SpottyMatt 2 points 10 points (+12|-2) ago 

d(^_^)b

And like consumers aren't entitled to be offered any particular price by retailers. The dripping entitlement of the "how dare prices go up when demand increases and supply decreases" crowd...

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

I'm not saying $40 is a reasonable price for a case of water. But I sure would rather have the choice to pay $40 for a case of water instead of merely being able to look at empty shelves. $10 for a case of water seems well worth it though. So what if it's 4X what I normally pay?

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[–] peacegnome 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

i would easily pay $40 for a case of water if that was the only choice (pay $40 or risk not having water).

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[–] elcob32 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

I'm in Central Florida and can confirm there is no bottled water to be found.

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

If I could charge $20 for a case I'd fly to Atlanta and load up a truck and then drive it down myself. But people in this thread are threatening murder for doing that so I'll just stay where I am.

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[–] Lurker101 3 points -2 points (+1|-3) ago 

gotta make those shekels don't you!!

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[–] CommanderPao 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

It's almost like....our economy...works like...supply and demand?

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Almost.

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[–] Uncle_Slob 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

My buddy is in Central Florida. No gas, no water, nothing. They filled buckets, tubs, anything with water and are currently out looking for gas. They aren't going to evacuate for fear of looters, unfortunately. Just the black man helping out by making people put their lives in danger. The trick is to have what you need before the storms hit.

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah. People don't think about being prepared. If the knew stores would gradually raise their prices as the storm got closer maybe they'd be more eager to stock up earlier.

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[–] peacegnome 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I still have no clue what "price gouging" is. If there was a market for water (if the buyers could then sell their water, and so on) then the price would go through the roof. If the stores auctioned the water off then the price would be higher than what they charged (since they ran out). You wouldn't go to your neighbor and demand that he sell you his water for some price, and you would have no footing to be upset about it; so why is it different for a private store?

I guess something like "we have a contract with FEMA and they will pay any price, so we will buy water in a non-disaster area and truck it in and charge the government $5 per bottle" would be gouging, but nothing that anyone is talking about here would be.

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Yeah realistically the only thing that actually counts as price gouging is selling to the government. And guess what? They probably get gouged on almost every purchase.

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[–] peacegnome 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

i did bid work for a month or so once, and government bids were a lot extra, just because. I mean, they are a lot more of a headache because there is always someone hired to look over your shoulder, and there are endless committee meetings, but it was like "TV is normally 15% markup, so mark it up 35%" type shit. The thing is that everyone who we were bidding against did the same thing, so someone who bid too high was going to get it.

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[–] cosmic_climb 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

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[–] Cat-hax 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

The price gouging becomes a problem when the shit retailer just dose it to make extra shekels, not to stop 1 person hoarding all 400 cases of water.

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[–] MaxVieuxlieu [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

There's no difference between those two things though. So the primary determiner in evaluating someone's actions is their motivation?

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