Last week, I surfed into Angie’s List, a site which allows people to exchange information about local services providers like carpenters, yard services, etc. I knew it was a paid membership site, and I was curious about the pricing. Long story short, I did not sign up for a membership.
So, let me get this straight. Angie’s List does a poll that indicates that 80 percent of companies do not have the confidence in their product or service to stand by a price they have given a prospective customer. In other words, they are liars – their “price” was not their price! Angie’s List then decides that rather than being an indication of a problem, they adopt this policy themselves.
In addition, they cast doubt upon all the vendors who use their service and tell me that they (Angie’s List) are liars (their price was not their price), but that they would really like me to sign up with my PayPal account and get even more off. Ahhh, no thanks!
Fair Play by Steven E. Landsburg – Landsburg is irreverent and hysterically funny. He points out the fundamental flaws in socialists argument with great stories and humor. “We don’t worry about the lost income of a bully on the playground.”
In addition to Friedman’s Free to Choose book, this PBS (that is right PBS) series of 10 programs is outstanding. Each episode is about 30 minutes of Friedman followed by 30 minutes of discussion with guests, including Thomas Sowell. Be sure to watch this part and see how Friedman politely, but ruthlessly destroys all on-comers.
In the not too distant future, many of us will have the option of switch from our standard analog energy meters to digital ones. Along with this will come the ability (depending on the level of deregulation in your state) to purchase energy in different ways.
For example, you will be able to control the energy usage of major appliances such as air conditioners, washers, dryers, etc. This will allow you to load balance your electrical usage. You will be able to set a budget for say your air conditioner. When the price of electricity goes up, the thermostat will automatically rise so you do not spend as much.
Even better, if and when battery technology improves, you will be able to purchase more energy in the evenings at a lower price and store it for use during the day when prices are higher. It is very cool stuff.
One possible additional benefit will be to allow you to purchase you electrical energy from different sources, or at least from different plans based on provider. This would mean that you could buy a “green plan” which will tell your provider to purchase more from green or alternative sources on the grid. Cool huh?
Now, what if I told you that these green plans will cost two to three times the traditional plan. Would you opt for the green plan? Why or why not?