Thursday, December 11, 2008

On the Price of a Mountain Dew Bottle

Well, I am sorry for the stupid question but I was feeling so stupid after paying the price that I had to bring it to your court to decide if I was more stupid or the shopkeeper was more insistent?

I had paid 60 rupees for both.

He said if you want it without Tropicana, you get to pay 50 rupees. If you want it with Tropicana, you pay 60. I tried to fight it out with him by telling him ke bhai saab cold drink hi chahiye, bina Tropicana ke chahiye, aur 40 ka chahiye, agar zabardasti Tropicana dena hai toh 50 ka chahiye. But he didn’t pity the damsel in distress. And I failed to understand his logic. I was upset, in fact furious-the kind of furious you turn when you find people either too stupid or too smart to understand your logic. It was 10-30 pm and I was going to Amritsar airport to receive mom. I thought by the time I reach Amritsar, it would be well past 11-30 and I wont be able to get anything. And the Airport shops fleece customers as if there is no tomorrow. So majboori ka naam 60 rupees instead of 50. Guess he knew already that the woman would not be getting anything else for the good part of the night.

And don’t think I took it calmly. I created a ruckus, tried to threaten him with dire consequences, dropped names like ‘consumer court’, and ‘insaaf’ and’ blah blah blah’. After about 3 minutes of blah blahing, I realized that the effort wasn’t worth those 10 bucks that I would be saving. I know, I know it is not about 10 bucks, it is all about principle. But then trying to shove principle into people’s unwilling, unyielding ears at 10-30 pm is not a good idea. They are too sleepy at that time anyway. So all my efforts to intimidate him failed miserably. He said in his Majhi Punjabi “Saanu Vaara nahi khanda ji” (hamein raas nahi aata yeh price).

And I ended up paying 60 for both.

And I was right about the Airport thing. There were two miserable shops, one had a costly Lipton Di Chah; and other had some Haldiram Snacks hanging like dead mice. Me and Rasan were drooling like two hungry cats and couldnt do anything because that shop was closed. We shivered a little and then went inside through practically nothing in the name of secuirty. There was NOTHING inside the airport. We had to sit inside the arrivals lounge. Lounge?? What lounge?? And the Government of my state expects NRI's to go investing and fawning over their blah blahing.

That reminds me, this post was about the price of a Mountain Dew.


36 comments:

Mithe said...

Wrong guess- But he fleeced you true and proper(whatever the money-maybe only 10 or 20 rupees)...I wish something can be done about this but you know nothing can actually be done.Thousands of customers everyday-10 rupees extra means his profit runs into thousands each day!

Jasdeep said...

Airport naalon do Moge da bus-adda changa aai pher.. Burra haal aai road side dukaana daa taan ... banda shud pack the food from home, while traveling.

Ritu said...

Dammit, this kind of attitude drives me nuts. I would have loved to beat the cunning man ... sigh! But those are airports for you. Delhi airports fleece you silly too - 50/- for a bread pakora which is stale and tasteless. Kya karen?

Indian Home Maker said...

They fleece you if they think you have no choice!!! And I can imagine how angry you must have felt, I read somewhere how being cheated is the worst and most annoying of feelings!!
But feel better because all of us have been in such situations and may be that guy needed those ten rupees more than you did :) It was meant to go to him!

chandni said...

chor hain!

bloody asses!

Veena said...

What we obtain too cheap, We esteem too lightly :)

sorry couldnt help it :)))

nidhi said...

it's bad that we can do nothing about it! i wish we could...

DeeplyDip said...

they always want to take advantage of the situation - but ye to sare aam badmashi ho gayi - when the price is written so clearly, the guy still managed to cheat his way out!

Rajindarjit said...

Tropicana - with or without.
Customer is always fleeced.
Because the seller knows the customer's psychology and the time of buying is another factor.More over when you come out of a car to buy the stuff you have to pay for it more, than if you go by foot to buy the same stuff.
So never mind dear.Wadde kamma vich chhotian gallan nu ignore karna painda a. Am I right?

Dhindsa

philip9876 said...

hehe...10 rupaiye ka choona lag gaya. Btw, i agree with you on the airports front. They are nothing but glorified bus stops. Am so glad that we have a superb new airport at hyderabad.

And i seriously love it when i touch down at the new hyd airport. The older one (a sarkari run) even though smaller was still better than what we have at Chennai. Chennai easily has the worst airport in India for a metro. It stinks like hell, the toilets are overflowing and the shops charge like hell.

Mampi said...

Mithe-I feel like opening such a shop to fleece people, hehe.

Jasdeep-Next time I will tell her to land at Moga Bus adda.

Ritu-Beat? Oh my hands were itching. But I would have been a wrong example to my daughter. So I spared him.

IHM-I love the positive turn you gave my foolishness to.

Chandni-I was almost as furious as you are, but tried to contain myself.

Veena-LOL, I would have esteemed it yaar. But you are right, there would have been no post if it were priced right.

Nidhi-Actually, we can. Prefer not to buy it from such a fleecing shopkeeper, but if we wont, someone else would.

DeeplyDip-Yes, I tried to show him the logic, but he refused to see any. What do you do when someone is unreasonable deliberately. For I am sure, stupid he definitely ws not.

Mama-Hahaha, but next time you are landing at Moga. Jasdeep will ensure such things dont happen.

Liju-I remember your post on your HYD airport. Amritsar airport will need many years and a lot of work to come to that level. I came across some stunning facts about the airport which I want to share, but would share after the DEW shock wears off.

zirelda said...

I hate when that kind of thing happens. Convenience stores here are always way too high priced but what else are you going to do late at night?

Pinku said...

hehehe....

the mighty too meet their match once in a while ;)

Monika said...

these kind of men... what to do... and talk abt airport on one of the 5 trips to the airport recently I felt hungry and grabbed a aalo bonda and guess the price some rs.45 and it was not even good... i could have as well taken a sub

Gazal said...

abs rite...
its not about the money,but about the horrible feeling that "i have been cheated"

and airports are pirates in disguise...first the airlines cheats you,by not offering anything to even drink(you have to literally beg for water)and the airport taxes make you sweat in winters..and when you are done...the food courts fleece you with the prices.

sigh

Balvinder Singh said...

Mainu tey "jab we met" di sikhnee yaad a gayee. Excellant story teller in the making. Keep it up.

Manasa said...

You paid more than mrp? Usually, at Railway/bus stations, eatables r sold for higher price than MRP and are old stocks. Hence, I stopped buying from such shops.

Something has to be done about this!

sandsofchange said...

O I couldn't agree with you more about your point about people not gettting some basic logic right... We are helpless in such situations when businesses take advantage of a customer's circumstances..
-- PRADEEP

snippetsnscribbles said...

really ??? 60 ???

Not that I totally understood the rationale but my sixth sense tells me its not 60!!! (my math is weak too!)

And you can never trust these kinda offers !!!

Mampi said...

Z-Yeah, I guess the factor of late night added to his guts.

Pinku-abbey, Stop teasing...

Monika-Yeah, The sub would have been healthier too, hehe.

Gaz-Do they conspire?? Are they in league??

Balvinder- :-)

Manasa-Sometimes when you must buy...such situations arise.

Pradeep-Yeah, but somehow i felt more foolish than helpless.

SnippetsnScribbles-Yeah, we are all bad at maths, an impact of Umreeka? Hehe..

thearmyguyspeaks said...

alag se nahi mil sakta tha sirf mountain dew???

bahut galat baat hai yeh.. but i guess i would nt have stood u p like this..I would have meekly paid the price... I guess isliye yeh problem hai !

churningthewordmill said...

u are nt the only one to get fleeced..or rather be exploited because of ur majboori.. bombay has this ridiculous system where small shops charge u 2 bucks extra "cold drink thanda karne ke liye".... so now i neither ask for garam cold drink or dont drink at all!im nt a big fan of soft drinks anyway...
mandira

Afaque said...

lol...
Cant comment on the price whether it is valid or not but yeah they always black mail you so badly n that too in such a bad times... same goes for the taxi-walas... if your are out at night and you dont have your own car, they will charge like they are giving you a rocket ride...

D said...

That, you see, are add-on benefits - whether you want them or not and even if you have to pay extra for something you don't want!

How do we know said...

i used to get really mad abt this.. then one day the other said "Yahaan 10 rupaye zyada dene mein dukh hota hai.. Airport par 3 rupaye ki coffee ke 60 rupaye dete hue dukh nahi hota. Shoppers Stop mein 200 rupaye ki jeans ke 1500 dete hue dukh nahi hota? " .. Perspective!

PARRY said...

Well its pathetic. yes you were cheated and you couldn't help it either which makes the situation even more unpleasant.
I am reminded of the case at amritsar bus station when I had to shred 30Rs for a mausami ka juice without ice which cost 15Rs with ice.
His reason was that ice takes the lower space in a glassful and thus less mausami is required to make that drink. :)

Mampi said...

ArmyGuy-Yeah, maybe that is the problem, but then you might also be right, why waste your energy over a petty penny?

Mandira-Yeah, Next time I would ask for a boiled Limca, hehe.

Afaque-Yeah, As I said, they are
in league, hehehe.

D-When we were little, freebies were so attractive, now they say, pay 5 rupees more and take home this, that.

HDWK-Yeah, Perspective. Hota yaar 200 ki bajaye 1500 kharchtey dukh hota hai, itna hi hota hai. Thinking on those lines, I never haggle with a rickshaw walah or an autowalah even. But somehow I failed to understand this banda's logic and I was totally upset.

Parry-Even we have shelled out 5-10 rupees extra for a 'without-ice' juice, but paying half and half is just too much as it happened in your case.

thearmyguyspeaks said...

If every one starts arguing with them... then the problem chali jaygi na..thts why ...jaggo consumer jaago... hehe...

Monika said...

i have something for u at my blog... come over

Sidhusaaheb said...

MehNga sauda...par loR vi seegi tuhaanu...

:)

Mama - Mia said...

mampi - this kinda cheating is not restricted to small shops but big chains as well!

Mayunk recent had such an experience at CCD at BLR Apt.

http://vidooshak.blogspot.com/2008/12/from-chaiwala-to-coffee-day.html

check out his experience! they actually gave him a candy instead of 5rs change!!! geez!

abha

Mampi said...

ArmyGuy-yes, it will go for sure. but itna mathapachhi karega kaun.

Monika-It is accepted, thank you.

SS-Lod nu hi ta paise dittey, Actually I didnt mind paying, i failed to get his logic, that was the reason for argument.

Abha-That is indeed too much. I will go to his blog and read about it.

Vidooshak said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. From north to south, the average consumer is lucky that in most cases companies decide to charge reasonably. If they decided to charge 300 bucks for a loaf of bread (maybe tag it "Italiano" for effect?) one fine day, I doubt we'd have any option but to pay up. Sounds far-fetched? Who would have thought in 1985 that the 10p water (sold by road-side carts) would cost 300 times more in 20 years? :-)

EXSENO said...

It is the same all over the world. We are not exempt from this in the US either. If you live in a small town instead of a big one you pay the price. They know you are at their mercy. And they don't care or have any shame about it either.

Usha Pisharody said...

Lol! 60 each? That is more confusing!!!

I still havent understood it, but yes, sometimes it's like that. Market ploys are a riddle. Like the bills one gets at Big Bazar! Trying to unravel its mysteries in actually how much you allegedly saved is a game worth pursuing :D!

UL said...

you had me cracking up on this one..some days can be so annoying right? and the world wages a war against you the same day, do they not? :) follow my name in this comment and you will reach my diaries link...where I have a tendency to post more frequently..nothing creative but just my daily annoyances...that way you will know what I have been upto, sadly nothing creative. :), i will definitely add you on my list there so I remember to visit you more often, now I know what I missed here... :)