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October 26, 2007

why don’t equal prices seem equal?

Filed under: philosophical — plonkee @ 12:00 pm

For the last few months, a friend of mine has been running a series of classical music concerts. They feature professional chamber music and take place on Friday evenings at 6pm. So far, I’ve been only once, to see a string quartet, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

The main reason that I don’t go more often is that they seem expensive to me. They cost £4 for those of reasonable means (£2 for concessions). What is wrong with me? I’ve been known to spend £4 on a lunch consisting of a sandwich, a can of coke and a packet of crisps. Why am I baulking at spending £4 on something I’d really enjoy?

I think that partly the reason might be that I give myself a weekly allowance. By the time it gets to Friday evening, I might easily only have £4 or £5 left which I then don’t like to spend. Maybe its because listening to music is quite a solitary activity, and I do plenty of those for free. Maybe classical music still doesn’t seem cool enough – I’ve always been a bit of a geek and I don’t want people to think that I’m not normal.

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