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why don’t equal prices seem equal?

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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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3 comments for “why don’t equal prices seem equal?”

  1. Embrace your geekiness! :-)

    On the other hand, I enjoy listening to classical music on headphones with my eyes closed almost as much as I do a concert. Never quite as much, but close. Maybe you can borrow some new CDs from your library?

    Posted by Mrs. Micah | October 26, 2007, 1:44 pm
  2. Some of my friends think that I already embrace my geekiness too much.

    I need to go to the library again soon, so that’s not a bad idea. Thanks.

    Posted by plonkee | October 26, 2007, 3:21 pm
  3. I understand your tendency perfectly. I just spent money on dinner at the cafeteria on campus, but spending the same amount to go to a movie seems frivolous. Spending money on a sandwich fulfills a need, even though it is one that could have been satisfied with less expense. Concerts and movies do not satisfy a physical need.

    Posted by E.C. | October 26, 2007, 10:48 pm

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