Archive for April 1, 2004

Capitalism Still Alive In WA

April 1, 2004

Despite Dr. Gallop’s attempts to kill it off, you just can’t stop capitalism.

About 500m from my house there is a supermarket and deli run by an asian family which is well known to many in Scarborough for the notable fact that they have a policy of selling cigarettes as a loss-leader. A packet of smokes that costs $10.50 at a rival deli, or $9.20 at Woolies, sells for $8.80 on Sacky Terrace. Cheapest smokes in town!

A friend of mine who works for BAT informs me that this is indeed lower than the wholesale price. Everything else there is pretty cheap too, and the 8 car carpark is full most times of the day, they’re doing a roaring trade.

The best thing about this place isn’t the cheap smokes, though. It’s the little red-haired kid who hangs out in the carpark all day washing windows. He looks about 10-11 years old, and should really be riding around on his BMX tipping over wheelie bins, but instead he’s camped in the deli carpark with a squeegee and bucket.

He gets a couple of gold coins per car, and makes about $20-30 an hour at that rate. TAX-FREE. Not bad for 10 years old. He doesn’t even have to endanger himself by standing at a set of traffic lights.

It’s only a matter of time before the ATO, Worksafe, Healthway et al get stuck into them, so enjoy it while you can.