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  • If you can't pay, I'll bet there is a guy down the road who needs the same part (which is probably is short supply) that can pay. Taking things that you can't afford from other people that need it is called stealing.
  • RogermcAllen: Taking things that you can't afford from other people that need own it is called stealing.


    Small change, but it makes all the difference in the world. Need is 100% irrelevant. Ownership is what matters.
  • RogermcAllen: If you can't pay, I'll bet there is a guy down the road who needs the same part (which is probably is short supply) that can pay. Taking things that you can't afford from other people that need it is called stealing.


    And posting stupid stuff just to get responses is called trolling.
  • Those funny looking New Jersey women think they are entitled.
  • "If you allow so-called price gouging, then you're actually working in favor of the poor," said James Stacey Taylor, an associate professor of philosophy

    whatisthisIdon'teven
  • Depends on the situation.

    If you've got a part or service that you're pretty sure a) everyone desperately needs and b) will never ever need again once the crisis passes, then by all means, charge whatever you can get for it. You're going to need the money, because once the crisis is over, everyone will remember how you acted, and they're not going to use your business or service ever again.

    However, if your business or service is local, or something that people are going to be using regularly after the crisis is over, you probably will want to moderate your prices. People will remember how they've been treated, and you may want the repeat work later on.
  • RogermcAllen: If you can't pay, I'll bet there is a guy down the road who needs the same part (which is probably is short supply) that can pay. Taking things that you can't afford from other people that need it is called stealing.



    Wearing your thinking cap tonight I see.

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  • Pay it on video. Ask for it back later.

    Blackmail isn't just in office. Ask for the whole price back later.
  • Why would a thief have a banana over his head?
  • Critics say the rule is unfair to businesses, and it's contrary to market forces and the law of supply and demand.

    Of course it is contrary to supply and demand. Emergency situations are recognized as reducing supply and substantially increasing demand while placing consumers in a position where health is threatened and therefore money becomes less important. Price gouging laws recognize and seek to prevent this.
  • As someone that used to do service plumbing I know that if I installed a part and the customer couldn't pay it was illegal for me to remove it.
  • ultraholland: "If you allow so-called price gouging, then you're actually working in favor of the poor," said James Stacey Taylor, an associate professor of philosophy

    whatisthisIdon'teven


    Way ahead of me. Saw that and just....eh....what? What the frak is this guy talking about?
  • i think the problem here is the "emergency pricing" surchage, and i hope that any icehole that price gouges is shown that its illegal. by the courts.
  • titwrench: As someone that used to do service plumbing I know that if I installed a part and the customer couldn't pay it was illegal for me to remove it.


    They said exactly that at the bottom of the article. Once it's installed, the company can't just remove it.
  • FTFA:
    "If you allow so-called price gouging, then you're actually working in favor of the poor," said James Stacey Taylor, an associate professor of philosophy at the College of New Jersey.

    Translation: "I am suffering from cranio-rectal impaction, and I'm enjoying it."

    /Don't quit your day job, J. Stacey.
    //Because people are going to hoard generator parts.
  • Maybe a few days before a hurricane is the time to check whether your generator is working.
  • Obama is to blame for this. I just know it.
  • Once it's installed, the generator company can't remove it. That's what mechanics liens are for. You won't be able to sell your house until you resolve the issue, but it keeps someone from 'stealing' the part back.
  • Waldo Pepper: I agree with the law but allowing for a 20% markup would seem to be more in line at least on the labor.


    10% is the allowed increase over net cost which I'll venture to say includes hazard, overtime, etc., pay.
  • I read the article, and most of the comments on their forums. Sounds like the client was a dirtbag.

    We have a service business. I've learned to verbally give rates over the phone and get their OK, before we roll a truck. If the new client seems hesitant but moves ahead, we take a rate sheet, which has their address and a spot to sign. If they don't sign; we walk. It's worth losing the time to/from then to get caught up in BS later on down the road.

    Sounds like this guy tried to weasel out of his bill - again.
  • When Sandy knocked out power at Michael and Elizabeth Yamashiata's Chester home, the couple needed service to get their generator up and running.

    i wonder to what extent the breakdown of modern civilization can be correlated with the misuse of the word 'need'.
  • What type of customer doesn't get an idea of pricing beforehand? What shady "professional" doesn't offer one without being asked beforehand?

    I am assuming, of course, that the customer was all sorts of surprised to find out the price after the work was done.
  • I would follow the law, but the law should be changed. Don't buy products and services from people you don't like. I wouldn't compromise my ideals just because of a storm.
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