PS: Fuck PETA
Winner of the weird crap I found online tonight while looking for something not at all related award: Vampirella Boomerang.
A little bit late, but this goes out to Dre for his multibillion dollar Apple deal.
Advertisements to women, what are they selling?
I wasn’t raised in a culture of haggling over listed prices. So I’m somewhat unprepared when someone walks into the store to buy something and then starts trying to edit the price they will be paying. Do these people bargain for the cost of groceries or petrol?
What actually irritates me though is when I’ve posted classified ads for an item and listed “price firm” and still get extreme low-ball offers. I recently posted three similar items. Each costs about $1200 brand new, used in a store they’d cost about $1100 in the condition they are in. In poor condition they still bring in about $800. I repeat, in poor condition. So I posted one of the like-new items at $500 simply because I wanted the cash that day (for a hobby, not because I am desperate) and because I was into the item for a lot less than even dealer pricing as it had been a demo model used by the rep and was sold to me at half of retail. I’d be losing a small amount of money and someone would be getting a great deal.
Within minutes, I had text messages coming in. I posted the it, pissed, and returned to texts of, “i can trade you [$100 item]”, “i can trade for [$300 item] but I expect [your item for sale] to work correctly”, “will you take $400?”
Where does this behavior come from? I’m not arguing that it doesn’t work, I bet the get great deals now and then. Maybe even incredible deals. I’ve seen bargain arguing in Mexico and I’m sure it is common in Europe and parts of America. If it’s common where I live it’s reserved in anonymous remote queries or in places I wouldn’t be able to find if I had all day to drive around and look for them. The ass-rape requests continued to come in for days.
After one week, I no longer even wanted to sell the item (my goal had expired), but I was determined to fuck with people. I changed the ad to $900. Some people commented that I’d changed the price and were very “golly-gosh I’m disappointed” about it. I only replied it had been a typo originally. I then posted another ad listing the same gun, without photos, for the original $500. I posted another ad for the same item as brand new at $1150. And finally I posted an ad for a “beat to shit [item I’m selling], “barely works”, “needs some attention” for an equal $500. So there was now the following:
- $900 actual used item for sale
- $500 the original used item ad
- $1150 fake brand new item for sale
- $500 fake beat to crap item for sale
I had a few full-price offers on the item at $900, an offer of $1100 for the brand new item, and I continued to get the desperate-sounding low-ball offers. More interesting, and not something I was trying to test, is that the attention to spelling and grammar decreased with the level of the price offer. Anything under $500 could be expected to consist of incomplete words and abbreviations usually associated with prepubescent.
I opted not to sell.