Our Business Model

“All you need to do is follow SOP,” Frank said.

“I’d be happy to follow SOP if I knew what the hell it is,” Chad responded.

“For a guy who has such a sterling reputation, you sure are ignorant. ‘SOP’ means Standard Operating Procedure,” Frank said. “I can’t believe you don’t know that.”

Hence,” Chad said, “what you’re saying is that it’s your way of the highway, right?”

“Exactly, Chad,” Frank said. “For this to work, we cannot permit even the slightest variant into the equation. That’s SOP.”

“At the cost of adapting to changing situations?” Chad asked. “What good is the technology if it’s not versatile enough to react to and adjust to shifting priorities or environmental changes?”

“It’s was never constructed that way, Chad,” Frank said. “The technology was designed to do one thing and to do that one thing perfectly. There’s no reason to build adaptability into it.”

“So basically your SOP is to build planned obsolescence into the technology,” Chad said.

“You got it, kid,” Frank said. “That way, every year or two, our customers will have to upgrade to the latest device just to keep up. Cha-ching, cha-ching. And if you don’t like our business model, Chad, you can go take a hike.”

“No way, dude,” Chad said. “I bought a boatload of stock in the company a few years back, so bring on the cha-ching, cha-ching.”

Written for these daily prompts from yesterday: My Vivid Blog (reputation), E.M.’s Random Word Prompt (ignorant), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (standard), Your Daily Word Prompt (hence), The Daily Spur (variant), Ragtag Daily Prompt (versatile), and Word of the Day Challenge (hike). Photo credit: stock.adobe.com.

16 thoughts on “Our Business Model

  1. blindzanygirl March 24, 2022 / 5:00 am

    This made me giggle

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    • blindzanygirl March 24, 2022 / 5:02 am

      It made Lorraines hubby giggle too but he thinks they work for wordpress

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  2. jaquintinwriter March 24, 2022 / 10:20 am

    Gréât mini-conversational post on technological updates incorporating several prompts. I enjoyed the read and chuckles. 🤭😊

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    • Fandango March 24, 2022 / 9:42 pm

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.


  3. emkingston March 24, 2022 / 10:36 pm

    It reminded me how each time I get a new phone that a new version comes out lol.

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  4. Gr8BigFun March 25, 2022 / 6:12 am

    The beginning of the journey from idealistic views of youth to to the hardened truths of the real world. The vet may have schooled him today but he appears to be a quick learner, well on his way to being a full fledged capitalist in no time!
    Planned obsolescence is not a new concept in our digital age. I remember back in the 1980’s (a whole generation or twos eyes just glazed over) Toyota was selling cars where they were drilling the water drainage holes in car doors about an inch or so up from the bottom. The idea was the water would sit in there and rust the doors out from the inside requiring replacement. Pretty much all the car makers foreign and domestic employed similar practices to either boost post sale repairs and/or buy new cars. Not much has changed.

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    • Fandango March 25, 2022 / 11:03 am

      Yes, it’s not new, but it seems designed these days for only one or two year cycles.


  5. Gr8BigFun March 25, 2022 / 11:06 am

    Or less, look at fashion that was once based on seasonal cycles, now new designs and styles are released on two to three week cycles with last week’s stuff being passé.

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  6. leigha66 April 24, 2022 / 12:40 pm

    Seems like more and more companies are going to this SOP. Good use of all the prompts!

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    • Fandango May 2, 2022 / 2:24 pm

      You’re welcome. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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