posted on Apr, 4 2017 @ 08:55 PM
a reply to: BigBrotherDarkness
Actually, I think it is beneficial to the economy to be able to do things oneself. It might cut into jobs some, but it also forces businesses to do a
As an example: when the CV half-axle went bad in my car, I had a choice. I could go find a mechanic to replace it, or I could replace it myself. At
the time, the cost of having a mechanic do the work was far more than I could afford. So I replaced the thing myself, not because I wanted to, but
because I had to. Had the mechanic's labor been affordable, I would have really preferred to not spend a day buried inside a greasy wheel-well.
The mechanic will make more money if he does more work; that's why shops hire mechanics: to fill the workload. The workload is dependent on the cost
of the service. Ergo, the lower the cost of the product, the more work there is available to provide it. The more choices people have, including the
choice to revise for themselves, the more pressure there is to keep costs low.
Without that pressure, costs will rise unchecked because people are forced to use the service or product. As costs rise, more and more people cannot
afford to use the product or service, and payment is taken over by insurance or entitlement programs. This removes the customer further from the
service or product and renders their feedback null and void. The only winners are those who get the government contracts or insurance agreements, who
are usually not the best but rather those with the best contacts.
Sound familiar? I did my part to stop it: I changed my own half-axle.