Getting new glasses is an exercise in agony. Frames are bad enough. Full-frame, half-frame, rimless. This body, that body. This colour, that colour. This fashion, that fashion.
And then the lenses. Everytime I need a new one made, the number of choices have gone up. And the comparison chart looks worse that Zendesk’s pricing page with the entire feature list. And the sales person is trying to convince you of something you know he has no idea about. He is trying to spout what he mugged up from the latest brochure and is doing a bad job of it. Can’t differentiate one feature from the other, or one brand from the other. Got confused about whether one kind of glasses provide 25 times more protection than the other, or 25%.
And that’s the case with everything you have to buy. Washing machine? Choose between 25-minute quick wash, or 30-minute quick wash. One has a way to wash woolen, one has a way to wash silk. Microwave? Between 104 Indian-cook menu at 28-litre and 98 Indian-cook menu at 25-litre. Mattress? Foam, coir, cotton, some-unpronunciable-material? 1-inch, 2-inch, 2.96-inch, 5.349595 inch? Density? Mixture? Disposability? Resale value? Want to buy a pair of shoes? The good, old shoes, we have been wearing for centuries. What do you want it for? For exercise? Do you want to run? To jog? To train for a marathon? To walk? There is a shoe for every need. And one to bang your head with.
There is no dearth of advice too. Apparently 1.414 and 1.678 inch make a difference.
Wish I could go back to “branded” vs. “local” world of choices.
An economy of abundance someone said, is it? And yet – the fact is that most people don’t have anything in abundance. Large part of population still needs a shoe. Any bloody kind of shoe to save them from heated concrete or cold marble as they toil through the day.
Need a new philosophy for our Economics?