[LINK] Grocery Choice - what's the problem?
Lea de Groot
lealink at viking.org.au
Mon Jun 29 21:59:28 EST 2009
On 29/06/2009, at 9:35 PM, David Boxall wrote:
> Agreed. I reckon our elected representatives have been conned.
I think the whole scheme was flawed.
How is it in the supermarkets interest to give us good data on their
Ignoring the 'good citizen' and 'be honest and people will love you
and stick with you' motifs (neither of which I think anyone would use
to describe our big business supermarkets, sadly) - they have no
reason to want to do this, so there would be the ongoing question of
'is the data good - are they lying?'
It would be a constant battle with the data.
There is an obvious alternative, and I am mildly surprised that
Choice, a seemingly internet savvy group, hasn't gone it alone and
decided to demand funding for.
Its crowdsourced comparative petrol pricing.
I expect the same for grocery prices would be just as good.
I do wonder what i am missing, that this isn't happening? :)
 in the unlikely event that, despite begin a linker, you don't know
what crowdsourcing is - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowdsourcing
"Crowdsourcing is a neologism for the act of taking a task
traditionally performed by an employee or contractor, and outsourcing
it to an undefined, generally large group of people or community in
the form of an open call." So, grocery prices would be suplied by the
general public, all 20 million of us, as we felt like entering them.
Lea de Groot
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