Sitting, as we are, in the northeast, with what seems to be a steady barrage of snow and ice storms, our thoughts naturally turn to “occupancy costs.” Before readers call for the white coated bearers of big nets to take us in, let us explain. But, first we’re going to Ruminate a little more.
At one time, the prices quoted by hotels and airlines could be held next to one another to find a good deal. No longer. Now, even they have “unbundled.” That would be fine if it were easy to “build and then price” your own travel package. But, it isn’t. [Want a pillow, a movie, and a hummus platter?]
Shop for a rental car today. Look at the web price and then get to the counter: “return the tank full; pay $9.00 a gallon; buy a tank from us at $3.35 a gallon; add a driver; return an hour late; and, it goes on an on.” When you go to ebay.com to buy something, be sure to sort by “price plus shipping.” [Read more...]