Being right for 2012
It's not that we want to brag or anything. Or wait, yes, actually, we do. Endulge us. For we've been proven right way sooner than we expected. Remember what I wrote on December 30, on this very blog? No? Let me refresh your memory with the exact quote.
Notice with me that in the above examples, the value of your friends really is increasing. I predict that to be thé trend of 2012 and beyond. Think bigger now. Imagine co-buying really taking off. Start thinking co-housing as a real life solution. Imagine a 1000 friends negociating prices with Electrabel. If they don't meet our demands, we'll be taking our business to NUON and ENECO. For real. Stick together, like real friends do, and you might get amazing results.
Now what do we read in the papers, less than one week later? Nearly 40 000 households pay up to 30% less on their energy bills. The article states that the province of Antwerp has held an auction for energy suppliers. The one with the lowest bid, can make his offering to nearly 40 000 households. Winner of the auction was Essent, with a 16,1% reduction on the current market price. If you combine electricity and gaz, it's 29,5%.
Not only did we get the trend right, even the example was bang-on. And no, we didn't have a scoop on the newspapers, the example just made sense. In all fairness: the article also states that it was the second year in a row. Also in all fairness: it's the government negociating for you, ànd it's a non-committal deal in both directions. Not really what we had in mind, since we believe it only makes sense if you can commit to a certain number of clients towards the supplier and towards a certain price towards the client.
However, it proves the trend of co-buying is here to stay. It proves the group is stronger than the sum of its parts. So here's opportunity for you: who will be the first one to negociate massive reductions for carleases on behalf of some dozen PMEs? Who will build the platforms to connect them? Opportunities enough once you start to think about it.
And it also proves this: you better watch this blog carefully. Because one week later, your competitor knows it too. By that time, he will have read about it in the papers.