I don't disagree with the numbers. Just the idea. Have these people not discovered Netflix or their local video shop, where you can likely rent a few movies for the price of the movie theater outing? Because one has to note that, though the "average" ticket price according to the article is $7.18, you still have to pay for the popcorn and the sodas, and all that does add up. In terms of cost, the rental and your own food is likely cheaper. So, I am guessing, it must be the need to get out of the house that drives this. That, and maybe a few people had their big fancy flat screens repossessed during the recession. And no, I am not being snarky; a lot of people overextended themselves on expenses and credit. That is why TV reality shows like this train wreck seem to do well. Anyhow, it was something I wondered about.
So, going back to other signs that the economy is bad:
- We knew that even the wealthy are not taking advantage of certain bargains. But there is more.
- You know things are bad when the latest trend for the rich is to have gold selling parties.
- And in a real pinch: if you have one of those teeth grills, you can sell it here too.
- And you know things are bad when the repo man is raking it in, and it is not by taking it from the poor schmucks barely making ends meet.
- And your "friendly" local loan shark reminds you that he will use force if you don't pay up.
After all, you have to keep the lifestyle. Word.