Welcome, once again, to yet another edition of WFME’s You Decide. That’s where you decide between two choices, on your own, without any tampering from yours truly whatsoever.
This week, You Decide pulls back the film on the underbelly of what some people like to call El Socieded de Tacos (or, in English, The World In Which Tacos Reign Supreme) — which is not to be confused with a Supreme Burrito or Nacho Bell Grande Supreme. We’re talkin’ tacos today, people, so roll up those sleeves and get ready to decide.
2 Tacos for $.99? Or 99 Tacos for $.02?
Let’s get one major human nature thang out of the way. People are afraid of getting something for nothing. This is not a hypothesis, but in fact — a hard and true fact of society. Offer someone up some free anything, and they start to wonder just what the catch is. Offer someone something but ask them to pay for it, and they may very well feel better about the decision they’ve got to make. Why else do people think that the most expensive product is the best?
It’s all marketing.
And yet here we sit, today, faced with a conundrum of decision making processes. Would you rather buy two tacos for just under a dollar (which to me, seems like reasonable deal you can find in fast food places the world over) or would you rather buy 99 tacos for barely any money whatsoever (i.e. two cents)?
I go with the 99 tacos all the way.
Most people would say to themselves — “no way am I buying 99 tacos for two cents because first of all who sells that many tacos for that little — there’s gotta be something wrong with those tacos!” And it’s a thought process that makes sense. Because anyone who’s selling 99 tacos for two cents is either (a) taking part in some kind of experiment to see how many people are gonna buy said tacos, (b) losing money and using sub-par taco meat, or (c) insane. And nobody wants to be a part of an experiment, eat sub-par taco meat or have to actually sit somewhere and be thinking about what might be in those tacos while eating 99 tacos — which would literally take at least an hour anyway.
But I’d still go with the 99 tacos.
If you think about the guy making the 99 tacos — making 99 tacos takes a lot of time, no matter if you’re poisoning them or using horse meat in them. It still takes a ton of time and effort to make 99 tacos and make them look presentable. And then to go out and take all that time and effort to find someone to spend two cents on them. It’s like, why go to all that trouble, if you aren’t going to put your heart and soul into the 99 tacos.
But you could easily screw up two tacos on purpose and not worry about the waste of time, in the event that your two taco poisoning experiment didn’t “take.”
If you can put yourself in the shoes of the 99 taco maker for one second, you’ll immediately let out a sigh of fatigue just thinking about having to make 99 tacos. It’s a huge job and the only reason anyone would make 99 tacos would be that they have a passion for making tacos, and someone with a passion for making tacos would never try to screw up making those tacos in the first place.
So you know those 99 tacos would be good.
The two tacos for a buck? That’s where I totally question the quality of them. I would totally wonder about the person making them. Cause really, who makes only two tacos and sells them for a buck? Someone who is insane. That’s who.
So I go 99 tacos.
That’s where my final decision lies.