It’s all about the money & to me it is not funny

Money, money, money! Everybody out there seems to be hell bent on making money. According to people out there everybody has loads of money, so charge what you want, ask what you want, quote what you want and you’ll get it. Yeah that is all. People will buy it, consume it & pay for it, no questions asked.

A few incidents over the last few days have completely stumped me. To me it just doesn’t make sense. Let me know if it does to you.

SP Road, Bangalore – Rs 10 for a meter of LAN cable, Rs 20 for crimping (both ends). Veerapillai Street (near Commercial Street). Rs 20 for a meter of LAN cable. Rs 40 for crimping clips (both ends) & Rs 100 towards crimping charges
End result – for an additional 10 meter LAN cable that I wanted, I would have paid Rs 120 if I picked it up from SP Road but eventually ended up paying Rs 340 for it near home, only because it was needed urgently.

Kamaraj Road – Rs 850 for a 2×3 whiteboard. Ebrahim Sahib Street – Rs 340 for a 2×3 whiteboard. Quality is the difference – Ok, yet to figure out what Quality

Kamaraj Road – Rs 20 for a local courier (DTDC). Sangam Road (which is a cross of Kamaraj Road) – Rs 15 for a local courier (DTDC). Same courier service with offices on different roads & hardly a stone’s throw away from each other have different charges!

BSNL phone connection – Rs 500. I applied for two. Total one time payment – Rs 1000
BSNL Lineman tip charges – Rs 0. yeah Rs 0. I offered him Rs 100 as tips when he had finished his work. He told me very clearly that was too less for the two of them who had done the work & refused to accept the amount. So it is Rs 0

All these people who are in the food business should consider themselves very lucky. How you ask. I’ll tell you. How many of us actually stop by & tell them that the food was of bad quality. OK something like that need not be told, because over a period of time nobody goes back there & the hotel suffers losses & closes down. But what does one do when the quantity is less? You are getting it now right? Yeah the quantity.

Adigas – Rs 9 for a plate of Khara bhath. You have hardly started & its already done. You feel like you have eaten something, it also tasted well but you don’t feel full. What will you do then? Do you go tell the hotel chap, the quantity was less? No, you simply buy yourself another plate.

Lavanya Theatre (St. John’s Road) where Taare Zameen Par was playing. Rs 5 for a coffee. And what is the size of the plastic glass? So tiny, so tiny that it can’t get tinier than that. And God damn 5 rupees for that.

And everybody out there wants big business. If it is not big, it is not for them.

I called Just Dial & asked them for computer table & chair dealers. They asked me for my mobile no. which I gave. Then they said they will SMS me the contact numbers of the dealers. Ok I said & hung up. Not a minute passed & I got a call. “Hello Sir, we got to know that you are looking for computer tables & chairs. Sir, we have good range for you to choose from…etc…etc.” I replied “ok fine, can you come down & show me the designs you have”. “Sure Sir” he replied & then asked “Sir, how many tables & chairs are you looking for?” I said, “1 table & 1 chair”. Silence. Poor fellow must have cursed me so much when I told him that. And do you think he turned up to show the designs. No way.

How many times has it happened that in the process of catering to a big business the small ones are ignored? I recollect this incident from a couple of years back. This carpenter was delaying the delivery of a wall cabinet for many days & when nice talking with him didn’t work & when some tough talking was adopted came the reply. “I cant ignore a contract involving lacs of rupees for some small business” Another incident happened pretty recently. We needed to pick up an additional system & decided to pursue it with the same vendor we had purchased the earlier one. After sending mails, which went unanswered we gave the contact person a call & he said, “I am actually busy with a big project we have, I shall revert to your mail”. Till date there is no revert to the mail and we eventually had to pick up the system from another vendor.

Heard of the thought that goes something like this? – Every Crore, Lac and a thousand is made up of many one rupees

To end it, even a rupee’s worth of business is done so smartly. After eating a Masala Puri costing Rs 8 a plate at a road side push cart bhel puri wallah, I offered him a 10 rupee note. He sadly made a face & said “Sir, no change. Shall I give you two pani puri’s instead?”

How I wish I could make some money out of writing here at Metroblogs. No, No this free writing will have to stop. So I stop this here. ;-)

7 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

    Very well put down Lokesh.

    The money effect has spread out into every walk of life from paper clips to big machines. I have seen different price ranges and people trying to make a quick buck.

    Even i wish i could make some money out of my comment..kiddin ;-)

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on January 25th, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

    Very well put down Lokesh.

    The money effect has spread out into every walk of life from paper clips to big machines. I have seen different price ranges and people trying to make a quick buck.

    Even i wish i could make some money out of my comment ;-)

  3. Manjula (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 1:03 am

    Well said Lokesh. The sad thing is this dual pricing is coming to India, sad imitation of the west. What I loved was that stuff used to cost the same wherever you bought an item but now that model is gone pricing tricks are played on consumers. I hear that Big bazaar has sale days just like in the US grocery stores. If they start giving out coupons it will be the final insult.
    When I visit smaller towns in Karnataka, the prices are still sane. There is no mad spending of money. The lifestyle is still very much what it was pre boom times. Bangalore has become like a city after the Gold rush. Stupid miners spending their new found wealth and not saving for a rainy day. Guess what, the bubble can’t sustain and the plunge will come eventually.

  4. Venkata (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 4:07 am

    Finally, Someone put exactly what i went thru when i built my house. When you see dual pricing you will never be happy as you always feel more that it is worth. With nominal profit making margin customers don’t get the idea that they are getting ripped off.
    Big bazar is aping the west only when it suits them, they are not providing customer service as they do in the west. That is a shame!

  5. MrCoffee (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 11:46 am

    I too enjoyed your article. Prices in my country vary widely as well. My morning coffee costs about RS 57. I would be interested in corresponding with you. Feel free to reply to my email address.

  6. Srikanth (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 2:57 pm

    Exactly you have nailed the whole point… Wonderful post.

  7. Srikanth (unregistered) on January 26th, 2008 @ 2:58 pm

    Exactly you have nailed the whole point… Wonderful post.

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