I FOLLOW with interest the debate on the suggested price hikes that supposedly occurred over the recent country music festival.
I read where it was claimed that someone paid $5.50 for a can of Coke. I was able to buy my grandsons cans of Coke and other varieties for $1 per can from a shop in lower Bourke St.
I understand that there were other shops that were offering soft drinks for considerably less than $5.50.
As regards to motels inflating their prices over the country music festival, I would like to say this. I worked as a company representative for some 35 years throughout NSW. Motel prices have always risen during peak periods such as school holidays, etc, and was always expected. I used to overcome this problem by regularly staying at motels that would negotiate a year-round price to cover this.
I know the festival is a bit different to this but my real point is that it historically has always happened.