Err, Whut?

When he wasn’t making fun of his parent company, Oliver clarified how oligarchies allow businesses to create undesirable standards that hurt customers. Airlines, for example, are able to charge at least $25 for checking an extra bag, made possible because American Airlines started to do it and its competitors followed suit.

Over here in Europe we don’t have oligarchic airlines at all. It’s a hugely and vastly free market. We’ve also got charges for checking an extra bad.

Meaning that fees for checking a bag might not be the result of oligarchy….

10 thoughts on “Err, Whut?”

  1. ‘ Luckily for America, “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver explained why the lack of corporate competition is hurting consumers, even taking a shot or two at his own corporate employer in the process.’

    Luckily? WTF?

    ‘John Oliver takes on oligarchies, including his own parent company’

    Yeah, they’ll be gone today.

    What he says about cable companies being ‘regional’ monopolies is true, but Salon is too giddy about it, like Oliver has the fix. ‘There is not nearly enough regulation to prevent gratuitous corporate consolidation.’ A demand for fascist government.

  2. it is really not clear to me how a merger between non-overlapping regional monopolies will lead to less competition as there are already ain’t no competition.

    the comment on set-top-boxes is factually wrong: there are technological developments ongoing that will allow virtual set-top-boxes and the cable companies will like it as set-top-boxes are a large cost and a logistical issue.

  3. “There is one more victim of consolidation and that is the products themselves. The best example of this is your cable box beneath your TV,” Oliver said. “If you have one of those, you probably hate it because it is huge, it is glitchy and it may be one of your largest energy consuming items in your house, even when it is turned off.”

    What a fucking moron. Which EcoTwat website has the Poundland Ben Elton been reading this week?

    They were 24w about 10 years ago. Today a BT YouView box is 9w. Overnight, they go into low power mode at 0.3w. All those better performing microprocessors.

  4. Further, if the airlines are stiffing people on bags, why aren’t more people taking advantage of 3rd party services to send bags? There’s loads of companies doing airport to home delivery out there.

    I might suggest it’s because actually, the price difference isn’t that big. Probably works if you’re flying a load of stuff out but for one or two suitcases, it doesn’t make much difference. Maybe not worth the hassle.

  5. Boxes, who needs boxes? Something like an Amazon Fire Stick uses about 5W, and it is apparently one of the hungrier devices in the class.

  6. ‘the comment on set-top-boxes is factually wrong: there are technological developments ongoing that will allow virtual set-top-boxes and the cable companies will like it as set-top-boxes are a large cost and a logistical issue.’

    Nope, he is correct. My box is glitchy. Disk crash a few months ago. After 6 years, that’s probably acceptable service.

    Tolk it to the cable company, and they gave me another one. Same. Identical. Box. After 6 years, they are using the same box.

    Sure, developments are out there, but my company is fine with keeping the same old shit.

  7. Holier-than-thou twatbaggery.

    The airlines started charging for hold luggage after 9/11 when they were desperate to reduce costs.

    What happens now is that those with hold luggage pay, and those that don’t, don’t. Oh, and frequent flyers don’t either.

    Do airlines make huge profits? No. The profit question is always a good place to start.

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