Someone receives a package containing something illegal for him to have, he calls the police. (I, for one, would not risk keeping the thing as well)
Police arrives, does not charge the one who called.
Receiver is dissatisfied with the product, and posts a negative review.
Amazon does not allow links in reviews, so does not post it.
The fuck-up is at UPS, in essence, they should be charged for "tampering with the post" because it is an awesome charge (yeah, of course, criminal negligence or illegal carrying could be charged, but "tampering with the post" is more accurate and sounds better).
For the most part, the correct procedures were followed, and the results thus are not very bad.
I used to go to the library, buy about two new books each year, and four or five second hand ones, now I purchase about fifteen to twenty new e-books each year, while still buying two books, second hand or new, each year.
I end up spending about the same (if I cancel my library subscription) but the profit generated will be better. A larger percentage of this will go to writwers, who in turn will have to spend more time writing.
I don't really bother with the library often anymore, and especially my second hand purchases have suffered, which previously did not net the author anything.
Another change is that I almost always have most of my books with me, I read a lot more.
They are paying. They just object to being put out of business by someone making one of their cost centers five times as expensive.
They can't even laugh and go to a competitor like with almost every other cost center.
Since these fees for smaller venues will amount to as much a cost as rent, what would you say if your rent went up 500 to 1400%?
I don't have that much rent, just shy of $500 a month, if I'd have to pay $2500 in half a year, I'd be looking for soft spots under the bridge as it's more then I make even before taxes. If I'd have to pay $7000, I'd be stocking up on gasoline to make sure the one destroying me won't have a house for himself as well.
Then there is this: The music played in the underground bars is not from the artist you'll be paying most.
So back to the rent: I will have to pay enough to break my back, it will not be used to actually pay someone who services my house, or owns the ground it is on, or even is in the same area, these will still be poor.
It will be paid to someone who already has enough, and of course to some shady baseball bat bearing types who drive around looking for a toe stepped out of line.
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