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Re: [Phys-l] A geek's observations on "Avatar"


I understood differently. I offer an analogy. A new CEO took over Sears (before the 40's, as that's when my mother related the story) and during an initial conference the officer in charge of credit boasted of only X% defaults. The CEO fired him because it shoulda been higher. Probably apocryphal, but the economic point is valid -- not to the extent of the exaggerated recent case tho!!!

bc, thinking of Brian's price raising, remembers the concept of price/demand elasticity from econ. 101.

On 2010, Jan 04, , at 10:19, LaMontagne, Bob wrote:

Let me see if I understand you - It's OK if I steal items from stores because they can just raise prices and let others pay for what I steal?

Unfortunately, this is just how many people feel. I have a friend who manages a Bed Bath and Beyond. The pilferage is astounding. When caught, shoplifters have no remorse whatsoever - they feel they are just taking back from a big rich company that is ripping them off with high prices. They have no idea that they are part of the high prices.

Just because stealing is built into the business models of most retailers does not in any way justify the theft.

I think what I find most annoying is listening to middle class people on this list justifying theft simply because they are doing it for the use of their classes. What hubris!

Bob at PC

-----Original Message-----
From: [mailto:phys-l-] On Behalf Of Brian Whatcott
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 1:06 PM
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Subject: Re: [Phys-l] A geek's observations on "Avatar"

Not to blur an ethical issue, but Joel illustrated here a business
decision of the kind also made by stores who place sale goods on free
access to customers, realizing that they invite 2 or 3 percent losses
from pilferage, in inviting increased sales and allowing reduced store
manning by this means.

If a movie theater experiences 2% box office losses from lack of
of this kind, they have the option of lifting seat prices by 3 or 4%
- say from $12 to $12.50 per seat....

Brian W

Rauber, Joel wrote:
Fun movie, but I definitely had the impression that I had seen this
western before.

Depending on the theatre it may or may not be stealing the glasses;
some theatre's sell the glasses to the audience. I so Beowulf and paid
$2.00, for my glasses and saved them.


Joel Rauber, Ph.D

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