You Get What You Pay For

“And, for the cost of $5.00, it’s a bargain at twice the price.” – Christine E., Boston Red Thoughts


Of course you’ve heard the expression “you get what you pay for”. It is a generally accepted accounting principle that applies beyond commerce to all walks of life. You get the garden you’ve cultivated. You get the business success that you’ve put your effort into getting. You get the relationship you’ve worked at.


In other words, life is fair, right?


“You get what you pay for” is a general tendency. It is by no means assured. No one understands this better than baseball people. Did the Yankees get what they paid for with Hideki Irabu? Are they getting what they paid for with A.J. Burnett? Will they get their money’s worth from a declining Derek Jeter in the upcoming years? I could do this all day of course, with any team. But the Yankees, for all of their success, are the easiest target.


When I was a younger and single man I had a part-time bartending gig. I won’t say where it was, but one thing we were told to do when we ran out of Absolut vodka was to bring up the bottles to the attached liquor store. The manager would take them into another room, out of our sight, and refill them. He would run some bullsquat at me, like “we get paid on the return”, but everyone knew they were filling the Absolut bottles with cheap rack vodka.


And every so often someone would make a point of demanding Absolut vodka in their vodka-and-cranberry, and I’d hand him the fifty-cents-extra-for-“premium”-vodka drink, which he would sip with a satisfied exhale. And I’d laugh. He got what he paid for, as far as he knew.


People in general have so assimilated the “you get what you pay for” principle that we just accept being ripped off sometimes. We have it burned in our minds that if we don’t pay the ridiculous price for parking at the ballpark, that we risk getting our car stolen or towed. Why? That may be the case in some cities, but many times it is not. Baseball fans pay upwards of $4 for a small bag of peanuts or a soft pretzel at the park, not even thinking twice about the possibility that they could get a similar quantity outside for a quarter of the price–without the clumps of salt that make you thirsty enough for a $5 soda. People rarely imagine that a ticket agency or reseller or scalper might offer a bargain on tickets, and in reality that is very often a better option than paying face price from the team itself.


If there is one thing I’ve learned researching the ballparks I’ve researched, it is that I have been paying too much and experiencing too little at ballgames. Although, I suppose you could say that by researching, you get what you pay for in time and effort. Fair enough. But I’ve never subscribed to the notion that you must pay more for quality or even an acceptable outcome.


Ballpark E-Guides not only provide plenty of helpful tips for you and save you the time and effort finding them for yourself, they’re just $5. Less than most tickets, less than parking, less than most items available at the ballpark these days–and who hasn’t felt ripped off after paying for tickets, parking or food at the game?


Hopefully with a Ballpark E-Guide, you’ll get more than you paid for.


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