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Beware of business organisations crying wolf

I’ve written here before about how consumers should be careful when listening to business representative organisations pronouncements in the press.

If you’re listening to the SIMI warning about the dangers involved in consumers importing their own cars from the UK or Northern Ireland – you have to keep in the back of your mind the money aspect to this and the fact that they’re losing money every time a consumer successfully does so.

The latest that I heard in this genre of self-interested crying wolf was some vintners who are claiming that the prevalence of cheap booze that is for sale now in grocery stores is leading to an increase in violence against women in the home.

The claim seems to be in some sort of support for a reintroduction of a price control on the price of drink that disappeared with the removal of the Groceries Order. This was all covered in an episode of the Last Word on TodayFM last week.

Again, if you consider following the money, you’ll be aware that pubs are closing around the country from the lack of business and the fact that people are drinking more at home either because of the still high (and illegally frozen) price of drink as well as the smoking ban.

So, this scaremongering story (for God’s sake protect our women) is trying to get this cheap drink taken off the market so people will come back to their pubs.

How about dropping your prices, rather than freezing them at ridiculously high 2008 prices? That might show that you’re interested in getting us back in the pubs rather than these cheap stunts.

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Builders representative confirms decent houses for sale for €300,000

I was flicking through the “drive time” radio shows this evening on the bus on the way home (I’m sure my preference for listening to “the story” rather than “the show” or “the presenter” is a radio stations nightmare).

Anyway, on The Last Word I tuned in just at the end of an interview with Tom Parlon and an economist who’s name I don’t remember. I was reminded of some of the coverage given by Conor at Dublin Opinion with regards to the current cheerleading we have going on at the moment trying to get people to buy houses. (My friend Charlie was at it again today in the Indo).

Tom Parlon shared with us the fact that he was going to purchase a house and rent it out and cover his mortgage. He didn’t say where he’d buy, but intimated that it might be Dublin – “you will buy a very decent house in Dublin for €300,000 at the moment”.

Just over 6% of the houses for sale in “Dublin City” on Daft at the moment can be purchased for €300,000 or less. Double that amount of houses are for sale for over €1m. Not much choice amongst the “decent houses” – if people were actually buying.

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