I often see full- or half=page ads for products, which once in a while look
interesting. But most such half-or full-page newspaper or magazine ads have
no price, not even a hint. My feeling is, if there's no price I probably
can't or don't want to afford it. Not worth going to web sites, make phone
calls, etc. How about you?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Depends on the product. Retail prices can vary so much that a
manufacturer can only give a suggested price. Some products can vary
wildly with options. Some ads with prices are sort of misleading too.
You can by this new Lamborghini for only $129 a month, but the fine
print says you need a $130,000 down payment.
If truly interested, I can Google the item and have a ball park price in
seconds. OTOH, most full page ads for a product are not worth my time.
Many times they want you to call the 800 number to get a price. They
think that if you do call , you will buy from them. Often the ads are
placed by the campany that makes the item, but does not sell to the public,
so the dealer prices can vary all over the place.
If I see an ad I look at it and if it seems to meet the need or desire, I
google it and find the prices. Then decide if it is worth the money.
One time I really did need something, before the web, and I called two
or three places and one guy wouldn't give me a price, and I said,
calmly, "It must be expensive if you won't give me a price. " and he
gave me the price.
IIRC it was sort of high but certainly not outrageous. I forget the
rest of the story.
On Tue, 22 Dec 2015 08:02:43 -0800 (PST), DerbyDad03
I have not read this whole thread, but I have a policy. If stores dont
price items, I go elsewhere. Granted, sometimes a price label is missing
on a certain item, and I'll ask the price, but if I go to a flea market
or rummage sale, and nothing is priced, I dont stick around. Having to
ask the price for everything is just plain annoying.
If an artical is not priced at the flea markets I just throw out what I
think is a low ball price. Sometimes they take it, sometimes they tell me I
am full of it and don't want to talk to me about it. If it is something I
think I would really like to have, then I ask what they are asking and then
offer them about 10 to 30 % less to see if they will take it.
A while back I asked a fellow that was packing up to leave what he wanted
for something that I would like to have but did not want it at the price he
stated. Told him that was way much more than I wanted to pay . He cut the
price in half.
On Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:58:01 -0500, "Ralph Mowery"
I was at a rummage sale, the seller had a computer with flat screen
monitor for $50, and it was newer than the one I was using, plus had a
big 750gb hard drive. It was priced, but I did not have much cash on me.
I did ask for some details about it. I ended up buying some small item
for about $3 and started to walk away, when the seller said, "If you
want that computer, give me $25, and I'll even toss in a mouse, keyboard
and power cord, and if it dont work, you can return it". I could not
pass that up. It worked well and even had a working copy of XP installed
on it. THAT WAS EASY !!!
That's usually what I do. I would think they lose more business
than they gain this way. I'll pay normal shipping (it doesn't have
to be really low like some places are now) but I don't want to spend
time telling them all about myself, including cc$ until I know what
the shpping is.
I avoid all those scams by using Amazon. They are my go-to source for almost everything.
FWIW, the worst companies now are the phone/TV/Internet providers. They advertise a low-ball
price then jack up the final price with modem rental fees, set-top box rental fees,
DVR fees, HD Technology fees, digital outlet fees, CableCARD fees, etc.
There are a number of reports circulating these days about Amazon no
longer being the lowest-cost provider they used to be, especially if you
log on via a Mac.
But you're spot-on about the phone/TV/internet providers. One cute trick
Comcast pulls is negotiating a decent rate with you for 6-9-12 months or
whatever-- then after a couple of months, they jack your bill right back
When you call to complain, they say well we see called us on that date
back then-- but we have no documentation of the conversation-- or the
confirmation number you're giving us does not show that rate for that
length of time.
After a half dozen repeats of that scenario, I've quit them and gone
with ATT. Sure hope they're better!!
Your taxes are high because you support lots of folks who can't be
bothered with working. They ever come by and say thanks, or can I mow
That may be, but they are reliable. My wife found a few item on Wayfair
and wanted to order them.. I checked on Amazon and found them for $30
less. Funny part is, it stated:Sold by Amazon, fulfilled by Wayfair"
Pays to shop around.
That's for sure. At a "surplus" store here, a friend saw a digital
camera for $50, probably reconditioned, but before he bought it, I
googled and I found the same recon camera for from 50 to 200 online,
while I found a new one for 100, something like that. Selling recon
for twice new!! Same model, same color, same "kit".
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