More is more?

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More is more?

Post by landrew » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:53 pm

Some products are far more expensive than they ought to be. The white, unmarked vans selling exorbitantly priced audio cables and accessories are ubiquitous in some cities. You can pay over $400 for an audio cable that costs no more than a dollar in Guangdong electronics markets. The hook is that there are more than a few gullible people who believe that the higher price confers higher quality. But that's the scam. It's easy to take the paradigm, "you get what you pay for" too far.

Many other products follow this methodology, albeit to a lesser degree. Electric toothbrushes nowadays are essentially a simple, inexpensive device, that can be made and sold for under $10. But some companies want to sell them 10 times that, so they have devised a marketing campaign intent on proving that you have to pay a lot more for a "proper" toothbrush. Even when they work exactly as well as the cheaper versions, even sometimes coming out of the same factories. They can't make false claims, but they can use testimonials and dramatic sketches to make it seem like qualified dentists are recommending them. The result is that there are enough members of the public gullible enough, and unskeptical enough for it to work.
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Re: More is more?

Post by Lance Kennedy » Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 pm

Fashion clothing is even worse. Buying according to label is an invitation to getting ripped off.

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Re: More is more?

Post by landrew » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:45 pm

Lance Kennedy wrote:Fashion clothing is even worse. Buying according to label is an invitation to getting ripped off.
I remember the movie Species II, with Natasha Henstridge portraying a specimen being raised in a cage in a laboratory,
wearing $10,000 dresses. Good casting there.
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Re: More is more?

Post by TJrandom » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:54 pm

I am amused by Duty Free shops and Outlet malls - where in both, the prices are higher than in regular shopping malls and independent stores for the same item - even when the Duty Free and Outlet shops put on very significant discounts.

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Re: More is more?

Post by landrew » Wed Jul 25, 2018 12:06 am

TJrandom wrote:I am amused by Duty Free shops and Outlet malls - where in both, the prices are higher than in regular shopping malls and independent stores for the same item - even when the Duty Free and Outlet shops put on very significant discounts.
Clothing is designed to be marked up 200% and discounted 50%.
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