I'm a soccer fan only during the World Cup. I got back from Europe yesterday and went to check the nearby coffeeshops if they were showing the World Cup. The nearest one was half a km away. Although $80+ is pocket change, I've a problem paying for something if I disagree with the principle. If you just relent and pay up whenever you're asked to do so, you may be incentivising a profiteering monopolistic behavior that will keep coming back to ask you for more $ year after year.
If you want to watch the World Cup for free, it is just 2 clicks away:
[Link to World Cup on Internet 1]
[Link to World Cup on Internet 2]
I've been eating too much good European food the past week. I realised a 50 Euros meal doesn't make me any happier than a $8 hawker center meal. When I got back I was craving for hawker center food!!! After a few rounds of Goulash soup, I was quite sure it was inferior to the $2.50 kambing soup (mutton soup) we have at the hawker center. I went to my favorite kambing soup stall in Bedok to satisfy my craving. The stall owner told me he stopped selling kambing soup last week when the price of mutton escalated and he would have to reduce the portion and end up with unhappy customers or increase the price and also end up with unhappy customers. Faced with the dilemma, he decided to stop selling kambing soup because he couldn't stand the thought of making his customers unhappy. I told him I was sad because I was looking forward to the kambing soup even $3.50 is miles better than inferior European Goulash that costs 10 Euros. Still hungry, I walked across to the NTUC Foodfare for a Nonya dumpling. They wanted to charged me $2.50 for the dumpling. I was quite sure I paid only $2 two weeks ago. I asked the cashier if the price was increased. She told me it was increased last week. I asked her why the price was increased - she told me in an impatient manner she didn't know and asked me to pay up or go somewhere else.....I decided to go somewhere else to eat something else rather than pay for $2.50 Nonya dumplings.
Very often price of goods and services increase in Singapore for no good reason except the sellers wanting to increase their profit margins. They can do it if they have monopolistic pricing power. That happens as more smaller enterprises are taken over by chains and corporations. Imagine one day when all food courts are operated and control by a handful of corporations such as Food Empire & Kopitiam and the hawkers are just hired hands rather than sole proprietors. We have seen it happen to our wet markets and mom & pop stalls replaced by stalls run by cheap labor imported from China and prices raised once the competition disappears.
If you don't like the World Cup subscription packages in Singapore which is the most expensive in the world, don't pay for it and remember it is just a symptom of the growing power of big business that are starting to dominate our economy. I know some of you will say that it is FIFA's fault for wanting such a high price and FIFA is the ultimate monopoly but our telcos must be very confident that they can pass on the exorbitant costs to consumers and as consumers we have to send a strong signal that this assumption is not true....otherwise SingTel will again bid aggressively for the EPL thinking Singapore consumers can't say no.