An essential part of being a savvy consumer is not accepting things at face value; getting into the habit of asking critical questions.
Many DStv installers claim to be MultiChoice-accredited when they are not; if you don’t check – by going on to the MultiChoice website – you could end up getting a shoddy installation, an inflated price, or both.
We apparently have millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt to thank for the “If you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it” line.
It’s one which clearly plays into the hands of restaurant owners, many of whom have their waiters run through the list of daily specials, without revealing the price, and without displaying them on a board or menu insert.
‘Dear Wendy, I always enjoy your page in The Star, but can we move on from the R699ers please? Best, Anne C.”
I understand Anne’s frustration, and told her so, but I pointed out that as the biggest financial fiasco to hit South Africa’s motor industry, the collapse of Satinsky “Drive a new car from R699 per month” saga is a major, still unfolding story.