by arguing that there's some sort of moral imperative to match the price of a store across the street, you're dehumanizing the shop owner.
i can see we speak a totally different language.
Obviously so. Nice chop job on what I wrote, by the way.
you're the one who is casting this argument in moral terms when that's really not appropriate.
when did morality become taboo?
That's not what I said at all. What I said is that casting arguments about this topic
is inappropriate because there's not a moral dimension to it. It would be like injecting morality into a discussion of whether you should buy a red sweater. What's more, there's a difference between arguing that someone's position isn't moral and arguing that that person himself is morally deficient.
there's a class in college called 'business ethics'. one of the topics they cover is doing things that may be legal, but which sometimes are hard to swallow ethically, like selling cigarettes, for example. we choose how we conduct our selves and our businesses independently of what others may or may not consider acceptable. you think it's acceptable to withhold useful information (a sale across the street) and i don't. c'est la vie.
See, this is an example of what sets me off about this discussion: the fact that your arguments are dripping with condescension and overweening self-righteousness. I know all about business ethics classes, and I would wager that you would be hard-pressed to find a professor of one who would agree with your position. Of course, that's arguing from authority, which is a logical fallacy; I won't mention it. Would you argue that a shopper has a right to examine a shop owner's books to see what he paid for merchandise, what his overhead is, etc., so that he can better judge the appropriateness of the prices? That he provide the names, addresses, and contact information for all of his suppliers? Ought he to put up a signboard at the entrance to his shop so that his customers can keep track of sales at other retailers? And there's nothing ethically wrong with selling cigarettes.