I was passing one of those el cheapo variety shops and in one of those rotating rack stands they had a selection of picture calendars for $2 each.
They were so cheap. I thought I would buy three for Little Jo to cut up for craft purposes. I assumed that quite nice photographic calendars for $2 were 2013 calendars with only a couple of months to go. Once home, R pointed out to me that,
they are 2014 calendars, that go for eighteen months, so until June 2015. And all they were was $2 each.
You may think I would be pleased at finding such a bargain, but I am not. At the price of $2 a photographer cannot be properly paid. At the price of $2 the timber that goes into making the paper is undervalued. At the price of $2 the processor of the paper is not being properly enough paid to avoid damage to the environment. At the price of $2 the owner of the shop selling is not getting a good return. At the price of $2 the shop owner is not paying his staff an adequate wage. $2 for ok quality is just wrong. That is unless there is something wrong with the calendars, such as dates not matching days.
I recall Dina once asking me why I thought some clothes were too cheap and I struggled to answer her with a proper explanation. Dina, if you are reading this, this is my explanation. It is the same for clothes.
Bush Babe produces her own calendars, and I expect at $20 they are about a break even proposition for her. I don't know if she has any left, but you could try.