Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hate: Tight Wads

I recently did a pricing overhaul on my tuition services. I raised the price by 50%, anticipating that people wouldn't want to continue with my services, I wrote in a clause on the notice saying that I would understand if they ceased tuition at the end of the last billing period before the price increase. Only one parent cancelled my services, which is pretty good. But the way that she did it (asking for a discount even though it was a price rise) reminded me of times in my life when I've shaken my head at people who are so unwilling to part with their money, yet expect the same quality of service/ product as a more expensive counterpart. No, that's not how the world works. Most of the time you get what you pay for.

These are some experiences I've had with tight wads:

1. When I worked at a Mexican fast-food place that shall remain unnamed, I used to get customers coming to browse the menu and walking away with the conclusion that they didn't want to eat this because it was "too much". I always thought: fair enough, but there's no point in telling me that because I can't do anything about it. The funniest incident I had in regards to people thinking the food at this place cost too much, was when a guy came and looked at the menu, and said that $12.95 was too much, and then he went next door to a similar place and saw that they wanted $14.95. He came back to us and said "I've just seen their prices, and I think I will pay $12.95". You idiot.

2. I used to be friends with a person who would think a lot about money. They were never shy about declaring how much money they had saved up over the years, it was a lot, enough to be envious of. But the way they lauded it over people didn't make you at all envious in the end. They would always say that they had x amount saved up and that they could buy a house right now. Everyone who was hit  with these comments always wondered in their heads: 'then why don't you???' They were always counting favours that they did for people and expecting favours back. When it came down to it, this 'friend' was all about material things and measuring friendship with 'favours'. A fucking idiot if I'd ever met one.

I'm not saying that I'm not a tight wad myself. At times I'm a penny pincher. But never to the extent that I will try to bargain down something that is a set price, or worse, bargain at a thrift charity store. If I want something, I get it; if I want to give my friends something, I give it. I never expect anything in return. To live like that, always expecting the best in return, is no way to function. It'll only lead to headache and crying over spilt milk. What a pity that some people see this as the only way.

To all you tight wads out there: fuck you.

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