Well, I'm off to the yard sales and later I will try to make a dollar or two eBay-ing my goods--my own little lottery of sorts. All around me I see people working fulltime jobs, and then they have this little thing on the side. Is it because more and more we find that we can just make ends meet with our regular wages while employers make record profits?
Perhaps, this is one of the reasons the unemployed are struggling to recover--there are so many people working parttime jobs in addition to their regular employment. I remember when I first started to eBay I was the only one out there looking for the bargain for resale; nowadays re-sellers are out there before the sun comes up. There is no doubt in my mind that these are people who have found another way to make ends meet--its not just a hobby.
Food prices are up, fuel prices are up, credit card rates are up, and this list goes on and on. Month-after-month I see companies posting record profits while doing everything they can to erode worker rights. It is more than an interesting dynamic; it is the erosion of work/life balance and it is shameful. Working in one's off time equates to less time with family and less time to re-charge for one's primary employment. And then we wonder why crime rates amongst children and health costs are rising.