Here is a great business opportunity...
It is grounded in the fundamental truth of all business:
wherever there is demand, there will be an opportunity to supply.
Nothing can alter that. When governments try to interfere,
through bans or over-regulation or over-taxation, the demand remains – and so
does the opportunity.
The only effect of the interference is to raise prices in
accordance with the basic laws of economics.
Failure to appreciate that simple fact led to the disaster
that followed Prohibition
of alcohol sales in the USA in the 1920s – turning most of the adult population
into criminal accomplices. Most current narcotics policies fail because they
make gestures at tackling supply without really addressing demand.
The same will happen to the attempts by various governments
to outlaw incandescent light bulbs on supposed “environmental” grounds.
They ignore the fact that the supposed alternative, compact
fluorescent lights, or CFLs, are not fit for purpose. There is disagreement
about the effects of flickering
of CFLs on epileptics. They ignore the needs of those with poor eyesight,
who require bright lights to read, and whose eyes will be further strained by
CFLs. They ignore the medical fact that dull lighting increases clinical
They ignore the effects their UV emission will have on photographs,
artwork, certain fabrics, and some photoreactive chemicals used in furniture
They ignore the fact that CFLs won’t work with dimmers. They
ignore the fact that there are no CFL alternatives for low voltage systems or
small sized bulbs. Likewise CFLs tend to be larger than thus protrude from many
Ironically, they ignore even the inconvenient truth that CFLs themselves are potentially more
damaging to the environment than incandescent bulbs.
They ignore everything but their own eco ideology.
In doing so, they also ignore the lucrative opportunities of
their own making for bulb smugglers – and doubtless bulb lords or bulb barons.
Of course, we would never advise anyone to break the law –
even a particularly stupid and immoral law that makes honest business illegal.
If, however, anyone knows of someone selling 100W bulbs in
the UK after the September ban, please drop us an e-mail so that we can buy...
er... by guaranteeing confidentiality, discuss frankly the ethics of civil