And no, I don’t mean by this egregious government – some people have been at this far longer than they have. Being disabled can be viciously expensive.
Contemplating my upcoming new career as a one-legged wheelie, I’m looking at equipment I’ll need like, for example, a transfer board for facilitating moving, as it might be, from bed to wheelchair.
These are simple beasts – a sheet of wood or other material, usually plastic (in the case of wood, laminated for strength and lightness, and smoothly varnished), but basically a plank, regardless of material.
I can buy one made from birch plywood, 30” long by 8 ½” for £22.49. Right now I’m looking at one – a shorter one, 27” long by 12” wide. Not sure what it’s made from, it doesn’t say, but it’ll be either wood or plastic. Given the price of £342.27** it should be bloody well gold-plated. I’d want a surfboard for that sort of money.
**By no means the most expensive, just an example chosen at random.
It simply confirms – not that further confirmation is needed as we’ve been here before – that the disabled community is seen primarily as a cash cow by far too many companies (three of the four most expensive boards, including the one above, are from the same company). And no, bitching about the additional costs of small-scale production will not hold water. If it did the birch one would be obscenely expensive too.