Newsprint is Black & White

Moments ago a high school student rang my doorbell and sold me a weekend subscription to the local paper. As I understood it, by signing me up for three months he would receive half the subscription amount towards a college scholarship. The thing is, I value the subscription at close to zero, so my giving was inefficient. Much better would have been simply to give the student the entire amount in cash and forget about a crummy newspaper I can read online anyway. No money would have been wasted, and both parties would have been happier.

Discussion Topic 1 : How might this viewpoint affect my stance on Christmas gift exchange?

Discussion Topic 2: How might this viewpoint affect my stance on fair trade?

Discussion Topic 3: The peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.

Discuss.