Thank you. Apparently no one else notices that....the goal of almost ALL marketing is to infantilize people, to turn all things into a "I have a taller stack of tinker-toys than you" and instant gratification/self-importance in doing so.
Originally Posted by Urban Forager
I have a question as well:
How is it that a guy living next to the school selling drugs, targeting kids, etc, and the whole part about him MAKING HIS LIVING doing so is not the major focus? Why, in other words, is he making his living selling drugs, of all the other things he could potentially be selling?
Ex: Let us say that our creepy guy was trying to do the same thing with alcohol, something that teenagers often want and are forbidden to have....it is not however illegal to make or possess it, so long as you are not driving or selling it to those underage.....let's say our scumbag entrepreneur setup a business selling alcohol to teenagers, targeting them, instead of illegal drugs.
The obvious answer is that it would not work. The main thing that allows him to make substantial money from selling teenagers drugs is that supply is incredibly low (because it is illegal, and you are selling to a group that would get you an even stronger sentence if caught), but he does it why? Because he has a bottleneck of supply, making his prices, and thus his profits, very very high....if he tried to sell alcohol, a substance in which he would not have such a supply monopoly, it would no longer be profitable. There is no discussion of the drug trade that ignores the profit margin it gives to people....any changes to this, even minor ones whereupon the risk/reward is altered just slightly, could have huge affects on drug trafficking and use.
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