reply to post by Dustytoad
And what does that do to reduce the increased cost of the modern age? Squat.
Ever notice that something as simple as roadwork maintenance occurred far less often and was far less costly in the 70's? Ever wonder why? A couple
thousand extra shipping trucks running over them per day really does a number on wear and tear.
How about base development costs? Stuff like running utilities to a building. Think they had 6 lines to run in the 70's? Think again, they ran 3.
Etc, etc, ad naseum.
Our lifestyle (as a society) has huge infrastructure costs, we can either pay the extra costs or we can all give up this lifestyle and go back to the
I just wanted to add:
People keep complaining about the increased costs that we face today vs recent history, but they seem to exclude all the extra luxuries we receive for
that extra cost.
Let's start with milk to keep consistent with the OP's original.
Does anybody realise how different the procedure for producing milk is today vs 1970? Only a couple hundred different safety standard tests and
measurements...none of which are free. All brought in to make a simple product safer for the population.
How about housing? A base 1970's home was around 1,500 sq ft, contained an average of 2 outlets per room, had 2 bathrooms, 2 single fuse outlets in
the kitchen, etc, etc.
A base 2012 home is around 2,150 sq ft, has an average of 4 outlets per room plus phone and network, has 3 1/2 bathrooms on average, and the modern
kitchen contains as much wiring as the original 1970's house. It also has thicker walls, multiple layers of weather seal, 3 times the amount of
glass, 4 times as many floor finishes, etc, etc.
Of course a new house costs more, you are getting significantly more product for your purchase.
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