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What's Your Line in the Sand? The $25 Burger?

Posted by freedomforall 1 month, 2 weeks ago to Government
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"What's your line in the sand, the point at which you simply refuse to pay the asking price? Is it the $25 burger? Or is it the $50 for two burritos and two beverages?
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For others, it might be the outrageous estimate for repairing a system failure in a nearly-new vehicle that is (surprise!) no longer covered by the manufacturer's warranty. Hundreds of dollars for what?

Is it being stripmined to buy a hot dog and beer at a sporting event, or the "service charge" to buy a grossly overpriced ticket to a concert?

Or is it having to take out a second mortgage to cover the entrance fees to an amusement park?

Maybe it's the shockingly high cost of what used to be dirt-cheap--a camping permit in a state or national park. (When camping becomes an expensive outing, the Revolutionary Clock is getting close to midnight.)

Could it be the absurdly inflated cost of cable TV service, or the total cost of all those subscriptions for marginal content/entertainment spew?"

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I've refused to buy lots of times due to 100% price increases in the past year.
It's long past time to take government matters into our own hands, since we are the ones who are supposed to be the owners of America.
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    Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Yesterday, I returned a quart of cream at $4 - which, of course, had no price on it or on the display.
    Yes, Walmart's "management" wants to hide the 100% price increase until you are at the register, hoping you won't notice.

    Oh, they also cancelled my on-line order for wood for my smoker because the employees were too lazy
    (and busy) to get the box down off the back of the shelf. I had to do that myself, and to pay the higher
    in-store price because they don't price match even when they are at fault.

    I was also making my 2nd trip to the store to return an unsatisfactory item that had been bought online.
    The store computers couldn't do the refund ... twice. The manager had to be called and he had to get
    on the phone with the dot com support line to get the refund for me.
    It was humorous (and sad) to see the manager going through the computerized phone maze that
    customers have to endure anytime the "customer service" system fails to be of assistance.
    That's why they pay him the 'big bucks.'
    Oh, but they don't pay him big bucks because they fired most of the competent people because of
    their "high" salaries.

    This is what happens when power corruption takes control of the free market and destroys competition.
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      Posted by $ Commander 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      So, you're having "fun" in the tangible market, eh?

      Since June I have been into Office Max 3 times, shipping packages FedEx.
      At the checkout screen, and in printed card, the solicitation to donate to Minority Owned Businesses is displayed. In-my-face racial discrimination.

      The ultimate message to "minority" business owners: You're not good enough to participate without help.
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    • Posted by mhubb 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      i've put stuff back on the shelf or told my wife to not bother getting it for me

      i am in Survival Mode
      so i am stuck at a job where i am treated very poorly
      that's ok
      my family matters, not the job or the bastards/liars i work for
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    • Posted by mccannon01 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Over the past couple years I've been noticing a dramatic decline in Walmart quality. Mispriced or unpriced items, personnel that are clueless or rude, checkouts that are continuously jammed and slow, frustrating self checkouts that deserve to be smashed to pieces. I don't shop there anywhere near like I used to and only as a last resort. The three Walmarts closest to where I live aren't worth going to, so I go to one the next town over and that one is steadily declining as well.
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      • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
        WM does have a default substitution for online orders for pickup, not for shipment.
        (That is only if they are out of stock of what you ordered.)
        You can opt out of the substitution at online checkout, but if you forget you can also refuse to accept it at delivery.
        You can also suggest your own substitution at that time and they may accept if it's reasonable.

        I did that not long ago when I got an email saying they were doing a substitution.
        I checked in the store first and took a photo of my choice of substitution and they went inside
        and completed the order with it.
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  • Posted by mhubb 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    i avoid going to places after the lunch menu stops and on Sundays

    we go to a super-market or BJs for a cooked chicken, for a cheap meal, it is enough for me, wife and 2 Pomeranians


    the local sub shops used to have 1/2 price pasta on Wednesdays, they stopped, so we stopped as at the full price it was not worth it

    the "99" has country chicken for cheaper than another place we used to go to, so we go there for that

    Cracker Barrel has declined to the point that it is not wroth going

    and places that serve what i call tater-tot french fries are avoided

    and we've gone back to Domino's pizza as they have lots of coupons and with extra sauce, i like their pizzas

    i understand that places have to charge so they can survive, but there are limits and we care close to them
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  • Posted by VetteGuy 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    EVERY purchase should be consciously evaluated. Are you getting value for the amount being charged? More simply - Is it worth the price? Too many shoppers simply shrug and pay whatever is asked. I have found that for many items, there are substitutes. Also, there are many that I can easily live without, and if the prices are raised beyond what I consider acceptable, I just don't buy.
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  • Posted by CaptainKirk 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    I eat a very limited meat based diet.
    I have stopped eating out (twice this year).
    We used to eat out 1-2 times a week, 2015 and earlier. Just for dinner, with me having Weekly business luncheons.

    First, the food sucks, and is unsafe for me to eat.
    Second, they are now lying. Calling things PRIME that are clearly NOT! (happened in vegas to my neighbor. Paid $100+ for a Prime Steak that tasted about the same as a Walmart Angus steak). His restaurant friend confirmed it.

    I have upped my stash to 180 days of canned food, and 45 days of frozen...

    I simply refuse to pay for a steak that I do a better job with at home (in 2015, that was NOT the case), but I've now cooked over 2,000 steaks for myself... I Can screw a steak up, and it still be better than I get when I pay too much!
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Kudos, Captain, on your self reliance. 👍

      It's hardly surprising that someone with an above average IQ and self-interest incentive can prepare
      food better than a 3rd world employee who only performs as well as required to stay employed. ;^)
      As demonstrated in AS, such activity can be very satisfying, even for one-time intellectual giants, too.

      Management of sole owner restaurants have been regulated and force-mandated into bankruptcy,
      so free market competition is much reduced for once good quality chain restaurants, too.
      Having to hire morons by their skin color instead of ability nearly guarantees poor service and
      product even if the owner has good intentions.

      My home-cooked steaks have always been as good or better than the best of the best restaurants.
      BTW, I have a new smoker to practice with, and last night's pork chops were excellent.
      I have my eye on a couple of hardwood trees on the property to take down and split for future cooking.
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  • Posted by term2 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    The real question is how far does the dollar have to fall before people just dont want to trust it as a store of value anymore?

    Raised prices are just the result of the government destroying the value of the dollar.

    For me as well as others, the first thing we do is cut back on the least important things so as to keep the total spending equal to the total income.

    That means no more directv, downsizing auto purchases, forget new off road vehicles, forget sit down restaurants, forget moving to a better house, and in face forget about improvements to the existing house, in fact probably selling the existing house and moving into a pay as you go apartment.
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  • Posted by Steven-Wells 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    How about the "Snails on Valium" US Postal Service? Last week, I was waiting on a large and crucial check that was mailed from Los Angeles on Tuesday morning. I live in San Jose, less than 350 miles along Interstate 5 (a very large highway) from the main LA post office. The check arrived after dark on Saturday night. That's 5 days for a letter to go between two of the largest cities in California.
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    • Posted by CaptainKirk 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      My buddy has the service that sends him a photo of his expected mail. It came, the letter did not. It was a financial PIN CODE in that letter he needed.

      The carrier, the next day walks by, he is waiting, says he has NOTHING for him. He shows him the photo on the phone. The carrier says "Oh" reaches into a special pocket in his bag, and hands it to him.

      My buddy reported this. Him and his mom have gotten things CLEARLY removed from their envelopes (loyalty coupons, in one case, and a SILVER coin in another).

      We are falling apart... By Design!
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      • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
        100 million invading alien criminals doing jobs once held by mostly honest Americans.
        Banksters, Wall St., DC politicians, lawyers, judges and bureaucrats have set the (unpunished) criminal examples for everyone to see.
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      • Posted by mccannon01 1 month, 2 weeks ago
        I live in western NY. I sent a Christmas card to a friend in Florida. 12 YEARS LATER I got the card back saying it was undeliverable to the address. WHaaaaaaaaaat?!
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        • Posted by Steven-Wells 1 month, 2 weeks ago
          The post office has done strange things to several of my packages. When I lived in Oregon, a package I sent to my brother in New Jersey arrived more than a year late.
          More recently, I package I sent to my other brother in Florida somehow got stranded in Puerto Rico. It took about a month for it to eventually get to the right place.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 1 month, 1 week ago
    One line at a time here. As something goes woke I dump it. As prices rise too high for our budget we cut those non-essentials out. Building a decent library of books and dvds to keep us occupied when we disable the dish. Soon, very soon. Only one store in town carries good meat, we only buy on-sale pieces, freezing half of what we buy. Fixed income can be managed to keep us in decent shape--so far. The day may come when our house is too expensive to keep, but as long as the rental unit prices are exorbitant we'll just keep paying our under $500 mortgage as long as possible. Hoping the pension and SS stick around for a few more years while we continue to prep for the day they're gone.
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  • Posted by tutor-turtle 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Only the essentials. Period. And even then when I shop, I scour the stores for the best prices. If you have one in your area, Aldi's is a bargain compared to the big box grocers.
    Cable, cut. Toys, out. Entertainment, out. Tourism, out. Restaurants, out. I can live as frugal as need be. There will be pain. Lots of businesses are going to die. We are in recession, teetering on depression.
    Thank's to that asswipe, election stealing Grifter with Dementia. What will 30 to 50 million illegal aliens are going to do to the fabric of our society? Trader Joe and the Hoe.

    Elections have Consequences -The Kayan, Stolen Elections have Catastrophic Consequences -Steven K Bannon
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