Nothing has worth anymore. Or at least, most things have very little worth.
It used to be that a consumer must choose 2 out of 3 when it comes to services: quality, speed and cost. If one wanted quality and speed then the service or product would be more costly. If one wanted a cheap price tag and they needed it quick, then the quality would suffer. You get the idea. So many people now expect the whole package. They don’t just want a quality product made in little time for cheap — they expect it. And if they don’t get it, they are being “ripped off.”
And it’s bringing our downfall.
If one expects the services or products they get to be cheap, or even free, then when they turn around to offer a service or a product, you can bet that their customers/clients are going to want it for cheap or free as well!
The more we as a society devalue the time, effort, and expertise of other people, the more individuals will not only feel like they are worthless, but they will not have what they need to survive.
And yes, I know very well the argument that people don’t have the money to spend on these services and products. I live there. I can’t afford much beyond the basics. Pay my mortgage. Pay my bills. Buy food on sale. Wear the same clothing until they fall apart. I know. Believe me. But if you truly cannot afford to pay the price, then don’t get it. Or search out a cheaper option. Don’t just complain that you’re being ripped off. You’re not being ripped off. You just can’t afford it.
Continually devaluing someone else’s time and effort and WORK just means that your time and effort and WORK will be devalued. So in the end, who’s truly being ripped off?
All of us.
Sorry for the rant.
This topic has been causing me a lot of anxiety lately, and I’ve watched people I care for suffer for the same reason. I think it has become an epidemic for large companies to offer everything super cheap because that’s what people want. It just means that all the little guys get screwed over and, as a result, so does everyone. If things are priced lower than the cost to produce, then how will any of us get ahead?