Bitch on the Blog

August 1, 2017

Through your nose

Filed under: Ethics,Money,Questions — bitchontheblog @ 08:01
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And now to another even less tangible matter.

I believe most of my readers, possibly all, to be more worldly wise than my innocent self. So please do answer me a question which has been pressing, on and off, for a while: How come you are made to pay for services you don’t use?

Let that question sink in before its magnitude hits your wallet.

For example, simple yet baffling: My broadband service and land line provider charges me for NOT using its TV services. The only reason I am still with them that they allow me, for a minimal fee, to phone round the world for “nothing”. As the blower is rarely further away than my reach, and friends and family largely abroad, it’s probably saved me thousands over the years. Still doesn’t answer why I have to pay for not watching TV. Before the curtain twitcher in my life tells you which company I am talking about: It’s … , as in “heaven”.

Then there is energy. My first brush with energy was low blood sugar. Not mine. Adults’. They’d pop a giant sugary something. Better than smelling salts for revival of spirit and enterprise. You bought it in an apothecary. Iris will fill you in. Let me save her the trouble: Traubenzucker.

Energy. The British are marvellous that way: You’ll get a good “deal” if you are a dual fuel (that’s gas and electricity) customer. If per chance. like my good self, you are condemned to use electricity only –  because that’s how your abode is wired – you may whistle. And pay top whack. No deals to be had. The good news being, as of this morning, that the increase will only be 12.5 % (for dual energy customers). Of course, and it is the type of false psychology/economy I tend to employ at all times, you may shrug off what amounts to “only” a few pounds. However, and anyone who goes shopping knows this: Just because each item you purchase is chicken feed in pennies doesn’t mean you won’t be presented (to use John speak) with a steaming pile of …. at the till.

Why are we made to pay more for NOT using something?

Thanking you in advance for an education,









  1. My broadband provider s also my landline and cable TV provider. They carefully portion out the cable channels into 3 packages so that you must purchase the “gold” bundle of channels to get all of the good stuff. Only recently have other companies like HULU begun offering channel packages that tend to bundle most popular channels (excluding, of course, the Premiums – HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix). So naturally, I do not watch 2/3 of the channels I pay for. Why do we pay this way? Because the cable companies can get away with it – they all use similar tactics. Of course, I could dump the cable TV offerings and subscribe to HULU but then my 100Mbps broadband would cost twice the $49 per month it does now as I get a bundle discount. Competition in the cable industry is an oxymoron. Or I am a moron for buying in to the nonsense.

    Comment by Chuck McConvey — August 1, 2017 @ 14:27 | Reply

    • I don’t think we are morons “for buying into nonsense”. Sometimes we are being pulled over a barrel. Resistance futile. Or time consuming. Unless it’s a matter of ethics or principle, on the whole I just shrug off minor irritations, put it down to man’s folly and forget about it.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 1, 2017 @ 15:02 | Reply

  2. We over here are not exposed to such indignities. If some service provider tries, he will be burnt down before too long.

    Comment by rummuser — August 1, 2017 @ 15:37 | Reply

    • Yes, Ramana, the pyre. What a romantic image till you feel compelled to throw yourself onto it.

      Mind you, I believe there are countries which will chop off your hand (let’s hope it’s the right if you are left handed) for so little as stealing a loaf of bread.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 2, 2017 @ 12:34 | Reply

  3. I really don’t know….I am still with my original ISP simply because … I am….it was a small, independent company , one of the first in the UK…. as for landline… BT two lines, one to accomodate broadband…. best plan they offer. TV? Freeview offers more than I need except England Rugby…
    POwer… okay we use both lecky and gas from the french company….fixed price until.. next year IIRC…. .

    Comment by magpie11 — August 1, 2017 @ 17:40 | Reply

    • Magpie, I could relate two utilities’ stories so tragic they border on being unbelievable. I won’t as I don’t wish to come across as stupid and/or gullible, my experience more suitable for the consumer complaints column.


      Comment by bitchontheblog — August 2, 2017 @ 12:37 | Reply

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