Tuesday, August 15, 2006


Reminds me...

These Chicagoan tactics remind me of a very special South Park Episode.

The Cartmanland episode, where...

Upon the death of his grandmother, Cartman inherits $1,000,000 (bequeathed to him since he is the one member of his family who wouldn't waste it all on crack). Delighted with this money, Cartman makes an offer to buy an amusement park....Cartman initially enjoys his park, but as people try to sneak in, he is forced to hire a security guard, and, for money to pay him off with (he spent all his inheritance on the park itself), he agrees to let in two paying customers a day. More expenses begin to pile up, though, with broken rides, etc., and Cartman ends up having to let in hundreds of people per day. The park is successful, but Cartman becomes furious.

The tactic, first used by Cartman and then by other businesses, is to ban or not allow usage or participation, thereby actually creating a greater artificial demand for the good or service.

The interesting thing is that this same effect is actually being seen in Chicago under the Alderman's policies.

Gosh. There's a lot of nut bars in Chicago these days. First you city is telling you how much to pay your worker, now they're telling you what you can and can't sell?

Good grief.
That's right Charlie Brown
Lesson #1 in successful business ownership: To satisfy your own desires you must satisfy the desires of someone else first.
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