September 16th, 2011
Hello and welcome to another episode of The Thursday Blog. You are going to enjoy today’s episode whether you are reading this for the first time or you have printed off every episode every written and insulated your house with it so you can be kept warm with guidance.
I am no builder, but I suggest you also invest in heating as good guidance may warm the heart but it won’t provide the adequate temperature necessary for basic survival.
Now I know today is Friday and this is The Thursday Blog but I have this to say in my defence………………
I am glad we all agree then.
Time for today’s episode:
The Value of a Price
Price is a funny thing especially when it comes to fresh fruit and vegetables. I know the price can drastically change from place to place but that is also true for many other things, but the thing that makes this so strange is that the price of fruit and vegetables can drastically change in the same store in a matter of days. Why is this? Well there are probably many reasons and I am not going to pretend to be a specialist in agricultural produce, but I think in the western world we forgett hat most fruit and vegetables are seasonal and not easily grown when it is not in season.
What do you mean not in season? I WANT IT NOW!!!! (Said by the average 1st world citizen)
That is fine, you can have it now, but you will have to pay for it (Said by the average supermarket/ grocery store)
That is fine, charge it to my credit card (Said by the average 1st world citizen)
Muahahahahahahahahahahahahaha (Said by the average bank who issued the credit card).
So this means where I live we get the privilege of getting such fruits as avocado all year round but the price can range from 75 cents to $5 each depending on the time of year. So the question is: “What is the value of an avocado?”
Well the answer is definitely $5 because I have paid that amount for one before and I really enjoyed it. I remember it as if it was yesterday, just me and my avocado, and a sandwich with just the right amount of cheese. I could hardly wait until I got home so that I could crack it open. It was magical and I treasured that avocado because the price was high so I made sure the value was as well.
But these days they are in season so they are as cheap as 75 cents so I bought three. That means instantly I have saved $12.75 in value as I have gotten $15 in value for only $2.25. I know I have lost those who don’t like maths. But I have gotten so much value and will enjoy it so much. But it didn’t work out like that. All of those 3 avocados were put in the fruit bowl and forgotten about, only to go off and to be chucked a week or so later. I got no value.
If you mentioned the word “banana” to an Australian a few months ago every one of them would start salivating. Why? Because there was a hurricane that killed 75% our bananas, so the ones left were expensive. Usually they are anywhere from $1 – $2.50 a kilo but they got as high as $14 – $18 per kilo. This meant bananas were like gold. If you got a chance to have access to a banana for free say at a function you would run to the table and crash tackle anyone that went near it. Sadly this average fruit is now premiere all because of its price.
Why is it that when we have full access to something we never use it but when it is hard to get we will go the extra mile? My parents are away overseas on a big trip around Europe. It is so hard to call them as I have to call one of 14 different hotels, get transferred to their room and hope they are home, plus call at a strange time for me because of the time difference. Even though this is hard, I have been wanting to call them a lot recently just to talk. But why have I not had the same urges when they are in Australia. I can call them for free when they are at home but instead I wait until it costs a fortune. What is wrong with me???
I have heard so many people during the banana shortage say “I will never take them for granted again” and then after the price comes down they do. I have also heard so many people say when loved ones go away “I will never take them for granted again” only for them to come back and to be forgotten quite quickly.
When it comes to people price should never determine value, but value should determine value. The value of a person is limitless, just something to remember.