Thursday, December 22, 2005

Attention Idiot Consumers

Ok, I have been hooked on eBay for quite some time now, and with the exception of SCA armor I have found some pretty rad deals. The same goes for thrift stores, a habit Pikaresque got me into back when we rode pteranadons to school, but these two august institutions have a similar problem...overblown prices. Why would the Salvation Army store expect me to pay $50 for a used bike when I can get a new one for $60? Why would a seller on eBay charge $4.00 to ship a CD, thus making the final price sometimes higher than buying it new? I'll tell you why...because there are plenty of idiots who will pay these prices! I have seen books and CD's on eBay going for far more than they cost on! Why would anyone buy something used for more than it costs new? Wake up, people! You are making it harder for the rest of us by showing merchants that no matter how much they squeeze, some putz will chime in with a rousing 'Thank you, sir. May I have another?' This is the same mentality that allows the Republicans to cut funding to students and the poor while boosting military and pork spending. It's high time for all the idiots in this country to either wise up, or take one for the team and find an ice floe somewhere.



1 comment:

pikaresque said...

"back when we rode pteranadons to school"
What do you mean "WE" white man!
YOu are clearly the old fart, while
I remain freshand dewey.
Anyway, I agree, "second hand stores" are outrageously priced, and every frickin thing is marked
"vintage" on Ebay.
I guess that old "Helmut" ice bucket would be considered a museum replica for that matter.
Hope you and the family have a great Christmas!