Originally posted by NotApplicable
reply to post by bowtomonkey
Thank you for opening my eyes more on the subject matter. Do you think the episode was meant to be interpretted in only one way? I was only sharing my
perspective on the episode.
Do you think since there are so many bad companies offering such low buy back values, people just assume its the best they are going to get and just
The low buy back values are low because they are selling product that looks expensive hoping to get the highest margin they can. They don't want it
back. If they put 100% mark-up they still wont to pay 50%, there are taxes and other costs involved. 100% mark-up is a low mark-up compared with
clothes and food etc.
There are some shops that will pay you the full price, minus restocking fee if you buy another product of the same value. These companies are planning
to sell your item again. This isn't going to be the case in the cheaper end stores because the product isn't made to last. It's not made to last
because well made goods costs more and they are invariably trying to sell their product for less than the wholesale price of the competitors goods.
A. High quality, cost price $2000 (sell $3000) 1ct diamonds, 5 grams - will buy back, less $300 restocking fee
B. Low quality, cost price $1100 (sell $1990) 1ct diamonds, 5 grams - no buy back, you might get 30%
The above is not necessarily a workable situation. With staff costs and High St rental prices, I think that example A. will go broke. Don't ever
suspect that you can beat the system, as you will play into example B, hands, and pay less for much less.
It's a cost for service. It is also a cost for a product that was made with love, however people are expecting free love, lol. It's a damning
indictment on the level of stupidity in our society - where in fact "A poor man can't afford cheap articles".
To answer your question re: South Park
I think they chose jewellery as the most annoying of infomercial products and this particular episode wasn't thought through, so the statement they
made was not what they intended at the start. That would be my guess. It ended up, well this is how capitalism works, despite making out the product
and sales are totally shambolic.
I cringe at those shows because the sales people just make it up as they go. I can't but look at the goods as their melt down value, because the
product is shoddy. I could recover about 1/2 the purchase price. (Often the cheap stuff from China - coming from the wholesaler, matches the purchase
price for the materials alone, here in Australia). In essence, it's possible to buy jewellery 'on sale', which has no mark-up, that can be melted
down and reused with no loss from the purchase price. There is no other product like that, as far as I know.