Item #1: 8-Inch Planter Drip Tray
Purpose: Catches run-off from over-watered houseplants
Price: $2:39, plus tax
Item #2: 1.5ml Curved-Tip Eyedropper
Materials: Glass and Rubber
Purpose: Accurately measures and safely dispenses eye medicine
Price: $1.00, plus tax
If the laws of supply and demand are as ever-present in our economy as we are supposed to believe, then it would seem during this recession, more people are turning to home gardening and, evidently, avoiding eye infections with greater success while they’re at it. An increase in homegrown tomatoes, perhaps?
Maybe, just like in science, “laws” of economics are actually only widely accepted theories with varying opportunities for divergence.
The two examples above are from the same store and it probably makes a difference it’s a grocery store. But if that’s to be considered a factor, then shouldn’t the eyedropper be the more expensive item? That is to say, we wouldn’t commonly consider either item to be “groceries,” but wouldn’t you expect a supermarket to carry eyedroppers before it carried drip pans? And let’s face it: it’s not like anyone ever says, “You know who has competitive pricing on medical supplies? Safeway! That’s who!”
For what it’s worth, I’d have no problem letting my houseplants drip into a plastic tray obtained from a dollar store, but there’s no way in hell I’d put something in my eye that came out of a dollar store eyedropper.
I’m just sayin’.