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Re: 27% price increase! Yay...

They are trying to standardize pricing
$54.95 would be closer to the multi service price in most markets, not sure why you had it cheaper.

CXM_Splicer
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Of course, another way to standardize pricing is to lower it in the markets where it is high.

elray

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said by CXM_Splicer:

Of course, another way to standardize pricing is to lower it in the markets where it is high.

Of course, another way to standardize pricing is to raise it where it is low.
(Ahem: humor alert.)

In your quest to make everything "fair" and "unlimited", you are asking for higher prices overall. MBAs love "fixed" rates.

I don't care for the annual or di-annual contract renegotiations. I thought my ancestors chartered Columbus to find a way to avoid those. But they work to achieve the best prices.

If you can't be bothered to deal every 6-12 months, evidently you can afford to pay more.

We have this quaint device called a "wall calendar", and a "magic marker", which denotes anniversary dates for various agreements. No surprises, except for the firms who receive our pre-emptive "cancellation".

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said by elray:

Of course, another way to standardize pricing is to raise it where it is low.
(Ahem: humor alert.)

Not sure if you got it or not (I admittedly did not include the alert) but my post was also humorous since raising prices is exactly what they ARE doing.

said by elray:

If you can't be bothered to deal every 6-12 months, evidently you can afford to pay more.

Sorry but ability to pay is not measured by one's desire to do things other than complain to a company that raises rates for nothing (or less) in return.

elray

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said by CXM_Splicer:

said by elray:

If you can't be bothered to deal every 6-12 months, evidently you can afford to pay more.

Sorry but ability to pay is not measured by one's desire to do things other than complain to a company that raises rates for nothing (or less) in return.

Sorry, but ability to pay is absolutely demonstrated by willful ignorance of the regular opportunity to negotiate your best possible deal, then complaining about it.

I've yet to see any carrier that won't negotiate rates, but I get called more than once a month by someone in my extended family to "fix" their out-of-control bills, some of which are broadband, because they're too lazy to pay attention, and/or too scared to demand a better offer.

I'm sure you're willing to walk a picket line to try to better your own position - it works the same way as a consumer. You have to make a stand, or you're going to pay the rack rate, which will go up most of the time.

CXM_Splicer
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said by elray:

said by CXM_Splicer:

said by elray:

If you can't be bothered to deal every 6-12 months, evidently you can afford to pay more.

Sorry but ability to pay is not measured by one's desire to do things other than complain to a company that raises rates for nothing (or less) in return.

Sorry, but ability to pay is absolutely demonstrated by willful ignorance of the regular opportunity to negotiate your best possible deal, then complaining about it.

So the more money you have the less likely you are to try and negotiate the best possible deal? That sounds counter-intuitaiuve to me, please explain the dynamic of that. I don't know a lot of rich people that would willingly throw money away by choosing not to negotiate.

elray

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said by CXM_Splicer:

So the more money you have the less likely you are to try and negotiate the best possible deal? That sounds counter-intuitaiuve to me, please explain the dynamic of that. I don't know a lot of rich people that would willingly throw money away by choosing not to negotiate.

Nice try. Not sure how many "rich" people you actually know - the few that I associate with do, indeed, willingly throw money away on petty expenditures such as cable-broadband - the nominal annual savings aren't worth the effort, time, or headache to them.

I was, however, referring to the average household.

I'll explain it one last time.

If you aren't on a promotional rate, you're leaving a lot of money on the table.

If you are on a promotional rate, and you let it expire, wait three months, then act surprised and complain that your rate "went up", the expense did not affect you, since you had it on "auto-pay" and you don't scrutinize your statements or set alarms for contractual anniversary dates.

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The more you explain it the more it looks like you are confusing 'Ability to pay' with 'Desire to constantly complain to the ISP'; the two are not related.

"or set alarms for contractual anniversary dates"

Do people really do this? I would suggest that they should get a life. The picture above is a guy who sits and waits for his contracts to expire.

elray

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said by CXM_Splicer:

The more you explain it the more it looks like you are confusing 'Ability to pay' with 'Desire to constantly complain to the ISP'; the two are not related.

"or set alarms for contractual anniversary dates"

Do people really do this? I would suggest that they should get a life. The picture above is a guy who sits and waits for his contracts to expire.

There is nothing to confuse.
If your "ability to pay" is limited, you pay scrupulous attention to your bills; you don't ignore them, then rant about them when they increase.

As I've previously stated, I don't relish the annual 30-60 minute ritual of calling the carrier or MSO to save $250/year, but it pays well - we don't sit around, we mark it on the free wall calendar and back it up with a free Google calendar notification and a $.02 SMS message, as we do for other important events, especially those with financial impact.

Does it really bother you to be disciplined and act responsibly?
Paying attention to the balance sheet drives efficiency on both sides of any transaction.

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No, what bothers me is that companies will raise rates simply because they know many people aren't willing to waste time and aggravation fighting them and going through the inconvenience to switch to another company (assuming there is one). It is simply exploitation of customer's time which has nothing to do with ability to pay.

elray

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said by CXM_Splicer:

No, what bothers me is that companies will raise rates simply because they know many people aren't willing to waste time and aggravation fighting them and going through the inconvenience to switch to another company (assuming there is one). It is simply exploitation of customer's time which has nothing to do with ability to pay.

I disagree. If you don't have 30 minutes a year to negotiate your annual contract, then you can afford whatever increase is applied. Where I come from, we call that "lazy" - even as we might agree with some of your sentiment.

You don't have to switch to another company.

Most firms in this country are not charities. They're in business to make a profit. In order to attract capital to invest in the expansion of their network that you and others so often call for, those profits need to be maintained, in a world where costs continue to climb (labor, benefits, taxes, rent, etc). Rate hikes are going to happen.

If the firm applies them in a way that requires customers to be diligent, so what?
There is nothing wrong with that.

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I agree that many ARE too lazy to bother either keeping track or spend the time negotiating... some are simply too busy. But, you see, this is my point, we are talking about time.

quote:
If you don't have 30 minutes a year to negotiate your annual contract

Here you are talking about time

quote:
then you can afford whatever increase is applied

but here you are talking about money. While I am sure you would cite the age-old cliche that 'Time is money' the two are obviously not equivalent since a person with a lot of time on their hands is not by definition wealthy. And your defense of costs to business going up would carry more weight if they weren't making higher and higher profits each year. In many cases, their costs can be shown to be decreasing (labor, taxes, etc.) They could get by just fine without raising rates, they do it anyway because they know it is a hassle for people to switch.