Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Festive price gouging?

A shortage of Christmas trees in Hawaii has raised prices dramatically and caused people to queue through the night to ensure they get a tree. From the Telegraph:
The announcement of the prices - from £80 for a 4ft tree to £140 for one 6ft to 7ft - drew cries of dismay from the crowd and police were called to keep the peace....
Mele Kalikimaka Turner, a tree salesman who flew in the additional 130 trees - his forenames mean "Merry Christmas" - insisted that his prices were fair.
"There is a lot involved in bringing a tree to Hawaii," he said.
Barbara Taylor, one of the people queuing, said: "He thinks he's got us because he has the trees. But we have the money and maybe we won't pay."


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