Do you wonder why the US the only country where tipping is expected? That is most other countries they include tips in the price of food? The prices of services have already factored in the "tip".
I would prefer that we not tip as a society and instead increase the price of services. That way people don't have to sit and wonder about tipping. They don't have to ponder how much to tip a dog groomer, dog walker. Or what's appropriate for a cabbie who doesn't help you with your door and bags. Or do you need to tip your hair stylist every time and then extra at Christmas? Or your babysitter every time and Christmas as well.
These so called rules get very complicated and confusing quickly. It seems like you need to tip for every possible service in the US. Eating out, carrying a bag, delivering an item, etc. Often you feel awkward and unsure not only about whether to tip but how much?
If we moved to a system where a tip was considered a bonus I think it would be so much easier. We wouldn't have to worry so much about offending the tippee. Plus I think that the people expecting to be tipped outrageous.
Nowadays everywhere you go, there is a tip jar next to the register. Which leads me to wonder just for punching a cash register I need to leave a tip? Basically every time I spend a penny someone else is looking for more money?
Would it stop you from purchasing an item if it was a bit higher and no tip was necessary? I think not. It might make you consider your purchases more, but you'd feel it was more worth it because you wouldn't have worry if you were "breaking" the rule by not tipping.
Would you pay more to stop tipping? Or is tipping just part of the culture and too ingrained? Or are we moving towards overtipping?