One of the conundrums that is often discussed and taught in economics 101 is the pricing paradox of water and diamonds. Diamonds are quite pretty, relatively rare and do have certain, adapted uses other than simply being set in jewelry; however, as a whole, they are far from a critical object. On the other hand, water is indispensable but, in the industrialized West, relatively plentiful, even in clean, drinkable form. So why are the low-utility diamonds priced so much higher than the imperative, life-sustaining H2O?
In the everyday life of a lawyer, few things are as important as having good lighting, a comfortable chair, an ergonomic workspace and a reliable mouse. What’s that, you say, on the end? Yes, the mouse is, as water is in the marketplace, an undervalued commodity.
This past year, I’ve dealt with a computer setup that has frustrated me at times. My mouse didn’t quite stretch to the edge of my desk, so while using the mouse, I’d find myself haunched over my desk a bit. My back started bothering me and I realized that my setup was no longer working. When my industrial issue Dell mouse started giving out (requiring a quick un- and re-plug of the USB cord), I’d had enough.
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