Selling Loopholes

There was once a law about not selling certain goods on Sunday. (There still are restrictions). Though selling fruit was allowed. People got round this by selling an orange, say, for an overly high price and giving away a free spanner, or whatever else it was that was banned.

The interesting thing about this is that THERE ARE NO LAWS FOR GIVING. All the laws are attached to selling things. Anything bought or sold attracts a huge amount of legislation to protect the consumer, supposedly, or protect the seller, supposedly, or protect society, supposedly. Things have to have date stamps, and other labels. They have restrictions on what times or days they can be sold. Cars have to be registered. There are inspectors to enforce environmental health laws. Electrical goods can’t be sold at Jumble Sales. The list goes on and on.

A famous example of selling restrictions is the greengrocer who refused to sell bananas in kilos, and stuck to pounds and ounces. He was subjected to the law because he was SELLING bananas. If he gave them away, maybe free with an expensive paper clip, he could have set up his own rules.

With the old fashioned full spectrum light bulbs being phased out, I was wondering if the same selling loophole could be used. Maybe I could buy a paper clip for £1.20 and get a free light bulb! The same may apply to all the herbal remedies being phased out by new EU rules.

It is interesting that if you give money to charity, you can reclaim tax. This is another useful way of bypassing some of the rules. Another loophole is that gifts from abroad are not subject to import duty as imported bought goods are.

It is said that “possession is nine tenths of the law”. Buying and selling implies possession, and I wonder if there would be much law left without it.

If you buy something with money, you pay for it with money you earned, money that was used to buy you. If you pay for someone’s services, you temporarily own them and tell them what to do for that time. The energy of ownership and possession passes round with the money. I think this is one reason we get attached to things that we buy, because they represent the exchange of our labour for someone else, on someone else’s agenda. The money represents that sacrifice, and we do not want to feel we have sacrificed ourselves for nothing, we want something in return, something to make us feel it was worth it.

If something comes as a gift (a true gift, where hidden conditions are attached), we are more likely to pass it on as a gift, and it has no subliminal symbol of sacrifice attached to it.

We are being driven towards a choice, as always. If we let go of the money, we can shake off the laws and regulations that control us and all the products and food and services we buy. If we stick with the money, we are stuck with the laws, or with constantly fighting against the laws.

(See also: The Gift Economy, Stuff, Taxing, The Cost of Money, Shelf Life)

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2 Responses to Selling Loopholes

  1. George Silver says:

    As a person who believes that all forms of government tax is stealing by force I have often wandered down this leafy lane of thought.
    What is needed is an “unofficial official” who would act as referee and “holder”.
    As an example. I want to sell my house and you want to buy it. We both see no reason why the “government taxman” should get his grubby thieving hands on a cut of our transaction.
    I give you my house and you independently agree to give me a number of Gold Sovereigns. Our transactions are totally independent. We use the “holder” as the referee. He in return allows us to use his room and sells us expensive cups of coffee. I’m quite happy to pay a solicitor to do all of the paper work in order to give you a home for nothing. You are happy to buy a number of Gold Sovereigns and hand them to the “holder” until everything is satisfactory.

    All we have to do is ignore the government system. The more we ignore the system the less power it has over us.

  2. suliwebster says:

    Good one George! It only takes a little bit of thinking outside the box to do it. Though I guess there is another factor which puts people off, called social pressure to pay taxes so that you “contribute” your fair share! The more people that ignore the system, the more acceptable it will become to do so, and that is good.
    Having just moved house, I am very pleased that I was able to avoid another middleman, the Estate Agent! By going directly through the landlord, we have both saved money on moving costs, and on monthly rent, and some of that saving is tax that would have been included in the Estate Agents costs.
    Every small thing makes a difference to you and to everyone around you. And then there is a ripple effect too. Never underestimate the power of your own actions, however small they seem.

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