When we first heard of this it was a big deal and everyone thought it was going to have some big impact on drinkers. From what I can tell at most places its actually easier to get a drink than before. $ 20 coin in seems to do the trick. Sometimes the light comes on right away after just one or 2 hands on a dollar machine.Quote: beachbumbabs
started metering the drink service.
The Las Vegas Strip is selling luxury. The lack of value isn't a problem, it is a design. Value can be found on the Strip for people who know where to look, but anyone staying at the Cosmo or Venetian is looking for something far different than what most of us (including the author) would consider "value."
Yeah. Also, the nightclub thing is a different animal. The fact that it is superficially a rip off is the point. Men are lighting piles of money on fire in the hope that women will be drawn to the flames.
Some people will grow out of this. But then more young people with money will come along, and more middle aged men who have finally made it will take their turn. However, the preferred method of money burning might change.
I have heard many people complain about the relentless nickel and diming. I think it is having a long term effect and the danger is that this changes the Vegas meme, or the common wisdom about Vegas among non-luxury tourists. If it becomes just kind of a running joke that Vegas is a complete rip off, they might be in some trouble.
Trying to think of a parallel case. Maybe the DMV? I've been going to the DMV for 25 years, in a few states and almost all of the time they've been pretty efficient and the service has been pretty good, especially considering the types of people they have to deal with. But it's a big meme that the DMV is this Kafkaesque nightmare. It's unshakable.
Parking might be the worst to this end, because it's not only an expense but a constant annoyance. You have to keep track of your ticket, go through the check point, get stuck behind someone at the check point, pay at the machine in the lobby, etc. So you're constantly aware of it. If you don't want to go through this repeatedly, and you want to travel between resorts, now you might wind up taking an Uber even though you have your own car. THAT is a big hassle on the strip too. All because they want to get $2510 instead of $2500 out of you on this trip.
At least the resort fees are a one time kick in the balls.