Stats Can had the latest report on inflation today (Wednesday Dec 21), and it was good(?) news, bad news.
Apparently inflation nationwide has dropped to 6.8%, however, the price of food continues its climb into the stratosphere, soaring to 11.4%. Many others costs are seeing dramatic increases as well however.
Today I went to buy a new replacement mask for my CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Last time round I think I paid around $60, and I said at the time it seemed way overpriced for what it was. Today they wanted $105 — I told them there was no way in hell I planned to pay that amount.
They gave me the typical song and dance about increased costs for medical equipment to which I replied, “It’s not any kind of high tech medical equipment, it’s simply a piece of moulded plastic with a soft rubber cushion.”
Then they said I could claim it on my medical plan so it wasn’t going to cost me that anyway. My response to that was, “Why do you think we pay so much for medical premiums?”
Instead of paying over $100 for a bit of plastic, I’ll get some contact cement and glue the rubber gasket part back on to the plastic…all for maybe 5 bucks instead.
Highway robbery is the name of the game and we as consumers are being ripped off at every turn. Every lame excuse is being used to justify these ridiculous prices that businesses just expect us to keep paying.<
There’s a LOT of stuff I am now refusing to buy, and I expect that list will just get longer. I’m not going to play their game, and unjustifiably exorbitant price increases will not be accepted.