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Over-Charged for Smack

Dear Dr. H,

I just found out that my dealer is charging me more than he is other people. What should I do?

Sincerely,
Ripped Off


Dear Ripped Off,

You might try talking to him. He may be willing to lower the price. Rather than come right Don't tell him you know he is selling to others at a lower price; this will likely cause an embarrassing and uncomfortable situation. Instead, tell him another dealer will give it to you for that price. In that way he can claim to be doing a deal just for you instead of having to defend himself against the allegation that he's been ripping you off.

But don't expect that you will get the same price as other people. There are many factors that determine how much someone will sell you dope for. One common price difference is white and black. Black dealers have one price for their black clients and another for their white clients. This may be seen as racist, but I don't think it is. You would expect that a dealer would give his best friend a better deal than he would someone else. The black/white pricing is kind of a "us against the world" attitude, where us is the people in the ghetto.

You must decide if what you are getting is worth the price. Comparing your price to others' does not matter. But some comparisons do matter. This is a big reason that I recommend users keep track of the money they spend on dope. At the end of the month, you may decide it isn't worth the cost. $40 doesn't sound like a lot of money. But $1200 ($40 per day for a month) does. I've known lots of junkies who managed to come up with $2000 per month for dope, but who couldn't manage to make their $400 rent. That's a comparison that matters!

by Dr. H © 2001
Last Modified: 9 January 2004


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