Fireball Express wrote:Mad, my point about Starbucks is that their profits are so high right now too. People start talking about the oil companies making record profits like there's something wrong with that. They're only in business to make money. It's capitalism. It's America.
True, Starbucks charges a whole lot more for coffee than they have to, but the difference here is that people choose to pay the high prices for Starbucks coffee. I choose to drink Monster Energy drinks that run around $2 each. If Monster makes billions because I (and others) choose to pay their price, rather than drinking a cheaper alternative, then more power to them. When the product is something we have no choice but to purchase (gas, electric, heating oil, etc.), and they jack the rates through the roof for no reason other than they can, knowing we have no choice but to purchase their product, that's not right.
People do not have a choice when it comes to gas. It's a must buy, so when gas companies are making record profits (the biggest one year profit of any business in the history of mankind) by robbing from us, on a product that we have no choice but to purchase, people are going to speak out.