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Old 30.03.2020, 22:01
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Re: Mountain Companies agree NO REFUNDS

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For exactly the reason given. The free market is not working here.

Iím not saying there isnít a crisis or there isnít a need, but there is no oversight, no scrutiny. At very least they should be seeking an approval from the competition authorities to put this anti-consumer agreement into effect.
I don't understand.

On one hand you want the market to be free. Completely free means that each capitalist profit-oriented business can and will take whatsoever steps they deem sensible and necessary, to keep their business afloat and maximise profits. (And it follows from that... including talking to whomsoever they please about how any steps they choose, to achieve those goals.)

On the other hand, you'd like there to be some sort of authority that watches over them, and scrutinised them, so that they don't... do something... um... so they don't agree together on a strategy which will keep their businesses afloat.

A ski-pass, like a gym subscription, or any other pre-paid voucher, is one of those purchases that is per se a risk.. You buy ii in the hope that you will be able to get your money's worth out of it, from the start date, and before it expires.

Now if you can't go to the gym because you break your leg, you don't get a refund. If you can't go skiing because there is no snow, you don't get a refund. If you can't go skiing because you get the flu, you don't get a refund. If there were a state of emergency because of a war or an earthquake, you wouldn't get a refund. The current situation is something akin to a mixture between such an unforseeable major national and international state of emergency, and getting the flu, except thousands of people. I think you don't get a refund.

Personally, I find this kind of cooperative gathering together to discuss things, then working out a middle to long-term solution that is most likely to save as many jobs as possible, and preserve as many resources as possible, (while admitting that unfortunatley some people will suffer a loss, in this case all those affected by the the fact that the ski season had to be closed early, of whom the temporary employees are particularly badly hit, and the skiiers, of whom you are one), and then paving the way for as close a return to normal as possible, is an admirable part of Swiss life.
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