I think some people are more prone to corruption and it is often those people who seek positions or careers where they can feather their own nest. Although I'm not sure the people even register that they are corrupt and truly believe they have worked hard and deserve the privileges they award themselves. Maybe this is the reason communism often doesn't work as well as it should..
Yes, jonaj, my Parents' taught me many things, as they're wont to do, but one thing has always stuck in my mind, AND has always worked for me.
That is, eg buying white goods....buy the biggest, & best you can possibly afford. That way, you've got 'bargaining power' if something goes wrong, at a minimum. And if all goes well, you've got an appliance that lasts for a long time, PROVIDED it's well looked after whilst you have it. This applies to practically any item. My car's 36 years' old, & still going. Just had his 'check-up' for 270,000klms! A fully imported Datsun, back in the day.
I've bought only Simpson, Westinghouse, & Sunbeam products. I've never had major problems with any of them. I'm only onto my 4th Washing Machine in 40 years' & two kids'. Lol!
Am spoilt, & have an Elna Press; it's just had its' 41st Birthday! What a hoot!
Cheers to you!
I am basically too honest a person but I also think there are degrees of "corruption" and the minor ones don't really matter, small gains can keep you happy and we all like to feel happy. However on a large scale and connected with power is another story and unfortunately too many people are in that category!