lordhavemercy wrote: ↑
Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:39 am
Man, seems like a rough time to acquire this as a hobby. I guess that means stock up now. I also happened to order some seed a week ago, but I don’t suspect I’ll have great luck here in Maine.
Can anyone recommend any authoritative sources on curing and preparing from fresh leaf to blend? I’ve watched a bunch of YouTube videos and read a handful of random experiments on forums, but I haven’t found anything from what appears an authoritative source. I have a bio/chemistry background and am as much interested in the technical as I am the historical and traditional. But mostly I just want to be able to produce high quality smoke
The changes in the short term will not significantly affect most of us here. You are looking at the cost of a single tin going from about $15 to about $21. Most of us here can afford a six dollar increase per tin, as the yearly costs wouldn't crush our budgets.
Where things go from here depends on the desires of the politicians who are in control. If they simply want to make money, the way to do it is to use a monopolistic pricing scheme
on the taxes they impose.* This would maximize profit, which is the goal of many politicians.
There are a couple of reasons that they probably will try to increase taxes much more than what would be demanded by monopolistic pricing. First, they may be too dumb to understand the supply and demand curve of Economics 101. Such people figure that more taxes always means more money, and so they keep raising them.
The other reason that they may keep raising taxes is that they may have a different goal than making money: to eliminate smoking via taxes. Many countries have raised taxes to the point that a tin is well over $50, so that no one can afford to smoke. This approach does not maximize tax income for the government, but it does get rid of smoking within that country. One of the favorite tactics of the politician is to point out how "we are behind other countries."
I would love to see more discussion on CPS about growing and curing your own. As you research and experiment, please share your experiences with us.
*The government is the sole producer of taxes, and so monopolistic pricing is implied. I think this is true though the marginal economic cost is fairly negligible, and thus the tax price would be set solely according to the marginal benefit to the customer.
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