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Equal Money: the end of Internet research for net buying & week long research to save $20.

In our current economic system our activities are centred on the making and consuming of goods and service. Those who have money are well aware of the equation that “time equals money”. It implies that those with access to money are able to buy themselves time whereas those who have little money will have to pay with their time to maximise their consumption. With the age of Internet shopping the relationship between time and money has reached a new high of abuse in what we have come to accept in the name of capitalism.

Shopping, one of the biggest diversions we take part in, has gotten even more out of hand with the digital era. Now everything can be had via remote button clicks – via net shopping. There is no limit to the imagination in demand and production of goods and services that exploit our natural resources and enslave those who work to make it happen. Before the digital era started, shopping was restricted to physically moving around town, or driving to the next town, or even shopping while travelling in another country – now, no one has to move an inch if they want to ‘surf’ shopping. The nature of contemporary shopping sprees has drastically changed thanks to the propagation of virtual storefronts, who are in the position to offer competitive pricing due to low overhead costs.

Within minutes one can virtually circulate their shopping request around the globe in search of the best deals. Let it be told that consumption has gotten easier because now “shop till you drop” is a thing of the past as physical exhaustion, racing to and from the shopping malls, has shifted to states of inertia which is part of the glorification of our sedentary lifestyle with its companions: obesity, back problems, wrist and eye strains. Moreover, this new way of shopping predicates the perfect set up to enter into a momentary obsession when searching to compare prices, to save that last penny in the discount of discounted prices. When this is achieved one can emerge as winner with the trophy of the best deal found in the entire online world, including the hidden cost of having squandered one’s precious life “time” for the exchange of the lowest monetary value when fulfilling dreams and desires.

From a common sense perspective, we can clearly see that this a ludicrous acceptance to be living one’s life on planet earth. We have equated the fact that we are alive with an ‘idea’ of value that is projected into the hunting and chasing of material objects through slavery. This is a common theme: slaving to find the best deals in the net is in line with slaving to earn money in some job – we delude ourselves when we are convinced that it is worth it. When we step back from these acceptances and look at what is really going on we can see that this type of life is not a ‘style’ but the abyss of an atrocity – one amongst many. Yet, all atrocities we are living as a human ‘race’ can be remedied in one fell swoop, with the Equal Money System.

The prerequisites for that are the following:  The Equal Money System denotes a credit system to facilitate and aid distribution of all goods and services to all equally. Goods and services are collectively determined, produced and distributed and made available to all with no monetary contribution involved. They are all of the highest quality possible, and all unused material and goods are continually recycled to become building blocks of the new. Discount within discount as we know it today cannot exist because competitive pricing as it is pursued in capitalism is no longer. In the context of distribution, the function of the Internet in the Equal Money System will be what the Internet can do best: support logistics and manage supplies. Similar to a virtual window or short cut into the physical world, the Internet will provide the convenience of effectively managing everyone’s time by facilitating oversight and pre-planning. The solution is based on common sense.

Distribution centres where goods and basic services can be obtained are located in one’s neighbourhood or vicinity. Each distribution center manages an inventory which is based on allocations of that vicinity.  The radius in which each centre operates is determined by a variety of data, such as topographical, infrastructure data, and data on population density. The items that are stocked in these distribution centers are available to all via online catalogues. These catalogues are automatically updated when an item has been picked up from one of the centres, and once the stock is low the information is signalled to those who are managing the supplies. If an item is not available at a particular centre, it can either be found elsewhere which maybe further away from one’s immediate location, so for example in the next neighbourhood, or it can be ordered online and delivered to one’s local distribution centre. Distribution centres may also be thematic, similar to markets that are catering to those who are looking to obtain building supplies, food, textiles and so forth.

An Equal Money System spells the end of wasting one’s time on abusive activities such as online researching of items for the best value for money. The role of any material object is to be in the service of life, which is reversing the current situation, where life in the service of the material consumption – humans literally ‘consuming’ themselves up. The production of goods and services will no longer exist in the context of competition, the daily race we all live by has come to an end.

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