Your right, Kevin "they" don't get it because most people are not that greedy. There is nothing wrong with making a profit, but is it ever enough in this mindset? I'd venture to say no it's not. Price gouging your neighbors/community is ok in your model because it's a way to be greedy and feel ok about it because "I'm in business and I can just say gosh sorry folks but whatever the market will bear" regardless of the situation or consequences to others. This is nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century we had plenty of Robber Barons and finally people had enough of it and laws were changed when people had enough of it. It's the old Gordon Gecko "Greed is Good" philosophy. You can get away with it for a while until the community has had enough and as they did in the old days too, they tar and feather you and ride you out of town on rail.
You guys are delusional. The object of buying anything to sell later is hope that the demand for it or the scarcity of it will increase its value. Just because we have a storm means everyone has a right to my stuff, whatever it may be, for some arbitrary fair price? We"ll see how that works when the clam diggers start beating on your door Steve to get whatever you have they want. It has nothing to do with greed at all. There are 2 camps here, the ones that see the shortage would have ended quickly if the risk/reward was higher, and you guys that think the gov. is always the answer. How did that work out again? The gov. couldn't force everyone into a big group hug(just Obama and Christy) so it is the greedy name calling you resort to. I did my share to help neighbors in the Ice Storm but the gas was flowing, if it was scarce, it would have been different. The reaction against unjust charges would have damaged the person in a small community like mine, and did, charging to cover the risk would not. If people didnt buy the gas, it would come down in price unless the risk was to great, then the people would understand the risk and the price. That is what a free market does. The price of anything is what someone will pay, here, today. The danger is artificial shortage or scarcity, which is controlled by the same free market rules.
Your reference to Robber Barons is ludicrous, what was the plight of the average man before the turn of the century. All bright and rosy in your head I suppose? I still have written diaries from my ancestors that lived at that time, where you live today Steve. I think they would paint a different picture of that wonderful glowing view you possess of yesteryear. Remember, it took a greedy capitalist to invent toilet paper.
Try shoveling out the outhouse pit full of old catalogs and cloth sometime. Or reading by kerosene lamp, after some Robber Baron produced it anyways.
By the way Steve, was it pure greed that made me put my clams on the back on my truck and take them to Ellsworth to sell for $30 more a bushel in the 80's because I was going anyways to play softball in the league there? Should I have supported Randy at Machias Bay Shellfish because it was the set price for our area? Where do you draw the line between greed and smart business? It meant $60 difference on average per day to me, greed or smart? You know what was greedy? the gov. got involved with the dealers and made it illegal to truck my own clams without refrigeration. Socialism at it best. I could drive them around on my truck for 2 days and then sell them to Randy, but not down to Ellsworth in about 1.5 hours. Go figure.
and a post in the kitchen range thread gave me a good idea. Don't take offense at the defensive typing. it is good for discussion but hard to get feelings or or intent in it. Just a robust debate boys.