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Where is the PPP?

If you remember some of your economics, you will know PPP stands for Purchasising Power Parity. I personally would say, the term itself should be abolished. Power aside, there can never be parity as far as purchasing goes.

Otherwise, anything to do with Purchasing cannot have Parity.

Take this example (in Indian Rupees, of course).
This pair of leather boots I dig, are a cool 2,000. The lower end Nike/Reebok/Adidas shoes can be got for 2000+. The price of a local-make microwave oven is 2,700. The price of a DVD-MP3-anything player is 1,500 (branded).
The price of a sumptuous meal for two at a decent restaurant with drinks in a non veg joint can be 1,500+taxes. The price of one bottle of good Indian wine can be 1,000. The price of a pint bottle of Corona can be 500+taxes, so for two, it would be 1000+taxes and wont even have the same effect as 750 ml of Vodka.
The price of a pair of Nike shorts can be 1,300 (which I loved!). The price of renting a car for 800Km is 1000. The price of a Pink Floyd DVD is 699. The price of a broadband connection is 2,000 per month.
The price of the book you really want is at least 1,000. The charge for an all-India library membership is 1,000.
The price of a good perfume begins from 1,500. The price of a pair of jeans start at 1,200 (branded). The price of a gold&diamond pendant can begin from 2,000. The price of a jazzy artifical set of jewelry can be 2,000.

Your whole monthly grocery shopping can be completed in 2,000.

Where is the parity?

When I go out to buy that pair of jeans, which other thing should/ could I rather buy/ should buy with the same moolah? Is buying the CD really "worth" it? Is buying the book better than getting a library membership? We can think nothing of spending 2,000 on a dinner, or on a single small bottle of Johnny Walker, which would be over in the next hour. And think 10 times before spending it on that DVD player which would be outdated in a year.
I personally, would reason that since I hardly cook, Id rather buy a microwave later, and buy those pair of boots now which would last me till later. Now, would I? Or should I go and buy that book? Or simply, go get the membership? Or, add it all up and save money for my tax returns.

Where, is, the Parity? All hogwash I tell you! ^_^

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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
(Anonymous)
8th Jan, 2007 10:49 (UTC)
You sound like Mastercard ad :P
Price of monthly groceries always bought by M = Rs 600
Price of a Fab India kurta which I refuse to buy = Rs 500
Price of shoes / sandals I will throw in 6 months = Rs 1000

Having a Rs 650 vodka in a dry state in a hostel (with 1 sober and one very giggly girl) = Priceless
:D
dippyblogs
9th Jan, 2007 04:18 (UTC)
Re: You sound like Mastercard ad :P
Lol... not to forget the breakage of a similar priced alarm clock!
sarcar
9th Jan, 2007 00:46 (UTC)
which broadband do you have at 2K per month ?
I get airtel for around 1K in bang'loe
dippyblogs
9th Jan, 2007 04:19 (UTC)
ah
now thats nitpicking. 1500 or 2000, leet us say I included the setting up costs in that price.

Else, lets just attribue it to writers license ;)
sarcar
9th Jan, 2007 09:10 (UTC)
Re: ah
your money, your blog, your wish be granted ;-). but I liked the post
dippyblogs
9th Jan, 2007 12:02 (UTC)
Re: ah
ha ha :) thanks!
sarcar
9th Jan, 2007 01:08 (UTC)
abt your other post on feminism
you do not allow people to comment on that ? I thought that kind of shut-up was distinctly male ;-)
dippyblogs
9th Jan, 2007 04:25 (UTC)
Re: abt your other post on feminism
sigh. see? there you go again, male female ;)

yeah. decided I dint want other ppls inputs on my personal rant. it would have stretched unnecessarily.
sashdude
9th Jan, 2007 05:59 (UTC)
erm
you got the idea of PPP wrong, its a a method of measuring the relative purchasing power of different countries' currencies over the same types of goods and services. You are trying to measure different things, disregarding the cost of inputs.
dippyblogs
9th Jan, 2007 12:04 (UTC)
Re: erm
It was a joke sash. A PUN. on the words "purchasing" and "parity". I thought that was clear.
We all know what PPP actually is.
sashdude
9th Jan, 2007 12:19 (UTC)
Re: erm
a joke!? what the!, and i was going to submit it to the Economist, as an entry on their pop eco section.
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