Overpriced Stuff for the Blind: Making Money is Not the Answer

Imagine for a moment you walked into a store and wanted to buy an appliance. Let’s take a bathroom scale. This pops into my mind as I’m writing this, but should we blind consumers have private access to our body weight? Yes, we should. However, imagine you, average sighted consumer, looking at bathroom scales, watches, and other things normal people take for granted. All of them don’t work for blind people.
As a blind person, I am acutely aware of overpricing of the talking scales, which can be sold at retail shops for much less than at blind mice cataloguing stores like Ann Morris Enterprises and other companies like it. Blind mice sells a variety of things, making it easy for blind people stuck at home to in theory go shopping but not all products are actually blind friendly. Sadly, I made a mistake in purchasing something. A big misconception about things for the blind is that they’re expensive to adapt. However, this misconception is brought about by the overpricing of many products the average blind consumer must have in order to survive as a normal person.
First and foremost, in the employment sector, computers are used to track, keep record of things, and do general at home business. However, because of the expense of computers, I am unable to purchase one without undercutting my funds further on a screen reader such as JAWS, a software by Freedom Scientific, cost? $1500 or thereabouts. This is not an acceptable price ratio compared to a computer. Windows PC: $300 minimum. However, a Mac Book of some sort is more acceptable for the blind because the access is worked into the design of the product. However, rehabilitation agencies refuse to buy said products. I have a word or two about this: it’s a load of moneymaking molarchy to make the companies like FS and the new VFO and other screen reader giants richer. The age of access within the design is here, and DVR across the country should be taking advantage of it.
For example, Trenton’s idea of a computer is a Chromebook. He says this or the Mac Mini or iMac will work, but we solemnly affirm that we’re staying away from Windows because of the lottery tickets DVR pulls out against accessible computer design.
Overpricing and inherent price gauged products are altogether mixed bags. I would not pay $5000 for a HumanWare Braille Note Touch tablet because I’ll never make that much money unless I go on some game show. And if I win. But no!
You might want me to get a talking temporal body thermometer for when I or Trenton or God forbid a child gets sick, but the talking appliance is overpriced, clear price gouging of the consumer. I’m sick of price gouging on simple things we need. A hand mixer should only cost about $15 at Walmart, and we should not have to rely on a standmixer from KitchenAid or some big name company for the blind. All this is because of the prices.
Yes, I want to spend my money elsewhere, but do I have a choice? I want to be able to buy me pairs of new shoes, new clothes, and other things, but living on one’s own is expensive. I’d like a job, but given the heavily contestable election climate and a sexual predator running in the pole position, we could be facing layoffs as blind employees and job hunters alike. I’ve applied for eight jobs, all of which did not interview. I can’t just apply for jobs like a sighted person. Tell me to get a job and you’re asking for trouble. Because of tech price gouging on blind consumers, I had almost $400 and a bit more in overdraft fees, and desperately tried to balance my bank account, only to be hit with a bad check. I can no longer have what I want: a normal life where I don’t get judged for shopping for a nice purse. I know there are haters out there reading this and going all whiney about this, like, “Stop your bitching.” Well, I’m sorry, try living on your own, your family waiting in the wings to conspire to kidnap and steal your life that you want so badly away from you. All over the shoes you bought, or the purse you have, or the gifts no longer given you as a person of importance.
Price gouging should be a strict federal crime, and regardless of how companies have to run, they should be paying the bills. Maybe FS and VFO or whatever other company makes blindness products should consider working with mainstream companies in order to work their patented stuff into the design of mainstream marketable things that price reasonably, and to poorer class blind consumers, they should be giving loads of money back in debt costs because blind people oftentimes have barriers, not in their control, in front of them. Family makes all the decisions, or a guardian is abusive, or perhaps a sibling or awkward relative raped that person. Blind females should be given priority rehabilitative time because of the high risk of abuse these women face. And another part of my blindness plan should involve going after VFW or VFO or whatever companies are overpricing their products and demand that they comply with laws against price gouging. I’d go after the big hitters, but not Serotek because at least they work with us. At least there are some and very few companies working with anyone. Apple should be forced to lower the price of Mac books under the price gouging the handicapped plan. After this, blind consumers should soon be able to have universal access in the palms of their hands, including the ability to seek a job, or make a name for him or herself. DJ work is a possibility but spending two grand is not.
Thank you for reading.

Author: denverqueen

My name is Beth. I'm blind from birth and enjoy the blogging atmosphere. I am a creative person, a musician, a writer, etc. This is me. Take it or leave it.

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