I agree, but the merchant who raised the price to double will make out like a bandit, while everyone else is figuring out how to make their lives better. It seems opportunistic, like the merchant is taking advantage of the problems everyone else is facing. The only person who comes out ahead is the merchant.
Here's a which-is-better question for you. Suppose a New Jersey motel room rented for $125 a night prior to Hurricane Sandy's devastation. When the hurricane hits, a husband, wife and their two youngsters might seek the comfort of renting two adjoining rooms. However, when they arrive at the motel, they find that rooms now rent for $250. At that price, they might decide to make do with one room. In my book, that would be wonderful. That decision would make a room available for another family who had to evacuate Sandy's wrath. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and others condemn this...
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