12 comments on “Strangely, no

  1. More competition = higher prices?

    The stage has been reached where these mugs really just say the first bit of Marxian bollocks that comes into their empty heads.

  2. These people don’t know what ‘price surging is’.

    The only way the NY revelers are going to have to deal with price surging is if, for some reason, not very many people driving for Uber want to make some money over the course of one of the busiest nights of the year.

    Then price surging will get more of those drivers who have enough money that . . . I don’t know – they drive for a hobby? – out on the street.

  3. So let me get this right – surge pricing is wrong when Uber does it even though it means that there will be more cars on the road driving more people home. Higher prices leading to more people giving up their New Year’s Eve in order to earn a little extra cash.

    Instead we should stick to the nineteenth century solution which is to insist that taxis charge the same flat rate. Even though that will mean fewer drivers taking to the roads. And, of course, almost no one being able to find a taxi willing to take them.

    Because the alternative to higher prices is longer queues. Why is one acceptable but not the other?

  4. (In the UK) taxi fares have a regulated maximum. Charging over that maximum is illegal and will result in the removal of your license. As it’s a ceiling anybody is at complete liberty to charge whatever the hell they like under that ceiling.

  5. SMFS: We *DON’T* insist taxis charge the same flat rate, and never have. Taxi fares have a regulated MAXIMUM. Absolutely anybody is completely and utterly free to charge whatever the hell they like UNDER that maximum.

  6. Does no-one in the press exist in the real world? New Year’s Eve was always the time minicabs gleefully went on to double & even triple charging. Brought them up almost to Black Cab rates. Not saying you could ever find one.
    Uber surge pricing is somehow novel?

  7. So Much For Subtlety
    “Because the alternative to higher prices is longer queues. Why is one acceptable but not the other?”

    Judging by what happens under socialism (in socialist countries and the socialist parts of other economies, such as the NHS), the Left seem to like queues and even find a moral benefit in them.

    I think it’s because of those years Marx spent in England; he clearly got the taste for ordered queuing.

  8. @smfs,

    “Because the alternative to higher prices is longer queues. Why is one acceptable but not the other?”

    Because someone somewhere might make a profit at the expense of an SJW.

  9. And?

    I’ve been on-call on NYE and it sucked. I got paid triple time for NYD which made up for it. You want to go out and have a good time and have others not doing the same, driving you around, treating you in A&E, making sure that your phone network is up and running, you can fucking pay for it.

    /once went to A&E on NYE
    //not alcohol related

  10. The queue as a rationing device rather than the price as a rationing device will always appeal to the Left.

    The reason is that they can then use the queue as the basis for their preferred method of resource allocation.

    (whatever it is – subjective clinical need, children and disabled first, the poor first, BAME/LGBT quotas, history of support of the Bolivarian revolution, nepotism and bribery… depending on how cynical you want to be)

    The problem is, we can debate such grounds for rationing as much as we like (and we do!), but what the system doesn’t do is incentivise supply to come and actually fix the problem. For everyone (or at least, as many as economically optimal/possible).

  11. “The queue as a rationing device rather than the price as a rationing device will always appeal to the Left.”

    Maybe it’s because they tacitly realise that they’re such utterly useless parasitic cunts that their time is worthless, so yours should be, too.

  12. jgh

    SMFS: We *DON’T* insist taxis charge the same flat rate, and never have. Taxi fares have a regulated MAXIMUM. Absolutely anybody is completely and utterly free to charge whatever the hell they like UNDER that maximum.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s a MAX or a MIN. If the market price at a particular time and place is outside those bounds then there is not a free market and supply and demand will not balance.

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