Price gouging...
Mar 14, 2013 | 1482 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As our community approaches another busy season, I feel for those tourists vying for accommodations during half marathon or jeep week. I’ve heard many complaints from my customers in past years that rates double or triple during these events.

I remember from Econ 101 the theory of supply and demand, and grant that establishments “may” charge what the market will bear. But is that morally just?

Our community should do all it can to welcome visitors and needs to understand that price gouging does not lead to a positive experience for our guests and puts the Moab hospitality industry in very poor light. Disgruntled visitors are not likely to return and will spread the word to avoid Moab.

It is always easier to attract bees with honey than vinegar.

—Andy Nettell


Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.