Saturday, February 14, 2009

Paying to be an employee

Due to my current travels posts on my little bloggy have been even lighter than normal, so sorry for that.

I heard an idea the other day that I thought was worth a mention. Car rentals appear to be all the rage these days, especially in the US & Canada seemingly, and people choose to rent a car to drive from location A to destination B rather than get a train/bus, and to be fair the car rental option tends to be cheaper.

What’s more, for the most part, you have the option to deliver the car to a branch at your destination rather than have to make the return road trip, however this will inevitably lead to situations where one branch might have a disproportionate number of cars, and sooner or later they will have to be returned to other branches around the country. This is of course undesirable as it means the company will have to pay staff to drive them back and pay for the petrol used in the process.

SO the ingenius idea that one of these companies cooked up was to advertise $1 rentals between certain locations under various circumstances. So for example, should Florida have too many cars & Boston have too few, they would advertise this route for $1 that weekend and hope that some spontaneous individuals would choose to take advantage of this offer.
This negates the need for paying staff and fuel charges and the customer is essentially paying (albeit a very small amount) to be an employee,