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Tradesmen admit to charging more in wealthy areas
Tradesmen have confessed in a poll to charging customers more in upmarket areas. We all suspected this was going on, especially after Uber was caught in on the act, but to hear the reasons why threw me a little.
By: Go Tree Quotes
But it seems tradesmen are not the only ones in on the act. Uber the peer-to-peer taxi service has been caught raising the final price on unsuspecting customers also depending on which suburbs they are coming from or going.
In a 7news article "Uber has been caught red handed" they outline how anyone living in what is considered an 'affluent' suburb are getting fleeced.
In Ubers case, they use machine-learning techniques to figure out how much to charge customers based on what it predicts they're willing to pay.
In the case of the tradesmen though there were some… well different reasons why they charge more.
In a poll taken by GoTreeQuotes on the tree services industry, business owners were asked if they charge more for the same service in wealthier post codes. The results?
14% said they do charge more in wealth areas while 36% said they did not.
But what about the remaining 40%
25% said it depends on the job and 15% depends on the person… which actually left me with even more questions.
Comments left on the annonomus poll for reason why.
I guess this is a free market and something is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, but it still stinks.
But the good news in a majority are honest and say they do not charge more.
I believe that if there are extra overheads, then there should be extra costs, just like groceries will cost more or less depending on the overheads of that particular locations overheads.
Fresh Direct out of New York are also getting in on the act with some rather questionable ethics of their own. They deliver fruit and vegetables state wide, but always manage to charge more in affluent areas for delivery.
In this New York Post article the delivery giant spokesmen said. "We use the same pricing practices as the large brick-and-mortar supermarket chains,"
When asked for a breakdown of the zones, the rep refused, claiming the info is "proprietary."
But this is all corporate fluff, why are the tradesmen charging more? If you told me that normally affluent area are harder to get to, or parking costs more I would probably accept it.
The there was this; "People with money have it for a reason… they don't spend it. Screw the poor guy, he is most likely dumb anyway".
Nothing quite like a knock-about-