Sunday, July 30, 2017

Gouging the Solar Eclipse for Gold and Grime

X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO). 

Credit: NASA

Note:  swell pic from which has nothing to do with an eclipse but thanks.

"Of course people are taking advantage," said Jaci Hill, who is helping her mother rent her Idaho Springs, Colo., home on Airbnb for $1,000 on the night before the eclipse. "It is definitely a situation of supply and demand."  In solar eclipse's 'path of totality,' rooms go for $1,000 and vendors sell every trinket under the sun

It's also a definite case of gouging.

Nashona Haldane, a designer, defended her decision to rent her Idaho Falls home for more than $2,000 a night. She said she is looking to make some extra money to take a family vacation and pay her bills.

"I don't see it as taking advantage, but rather as an opportunity to help my family," she said. "Our town is small and rarely gets any opportunities like this one."

Lanette Amundson, a disaster responder for the Red Cross in Salem, Ore., is listing her apartment on Airbnb for $7,500 a night, saying she wants to ensure she has enough money to replace any broken items or belongings.

"We have had a few inquiries and also a few messages that weren't polite about the price," Amundson said.

Another Airbnb host, Karli Harvey, is looking for someone to rent a camping spot in her backyard for $150 a night. She's already rented out the guest room in her house for $500 a night.

"If you're coming here, then it is putting a strain on the people who live here and the local economy, so you should pay more for a place to stay," Harvey said.

- PO

It's not an eclipse; it's a fucking retirement plan.

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