Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A pound of flesh, no more, no less

Someone needs to clue this dentist into the real world. What kid is going is going to trade a pound of any kind of candy worth eating for 50 cents?

What children see as a tasty mound of gooey, chewy, sugary sweets represents something quite different to Parmar — tooth decay.

So, in an effort to reward children for giving up some of their Halloween loot while also contributing to a greater cause, Parmar is holding her first candy buy-back program Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Clarksville dentist is offering children 50 cents per pound of candy — along with, naturally, a toothbrush — and will send the candy to U.S. troops serving overseas.

I am not saying that I don't understand the concept, but the price is far below market. That's like having a high school beer buy back program and offering 50 cents a can. You won't get anything but Natty Boh.


Eludius said...

This isn't too bad. Think of it this way - no one really likes Jolly Ranchers or lollipops. Keep the chocolate, trade in the junk for money.

Kem White said...

Yeah, that dentist is a fool. Only a schmuck beggar would sell good candy for anything less than market value. Even if it is for soldiers fighting in Iraq. What is she thinking? No kid would make that kind of sacrifice.

Freemarket said...

Kem, you missed the point. I simply suggested that the 50 cents a pound for candy is not enough to influence what kids do with the candy. If they wish to be altruistic and give the candy away, getting 50 cents is unlikely to make them give more. If they wish to selfish with their candy, again getting 50 cents for it is not a significant incentive to sell anything but poor quality candy.