Edward Ju (gundam@loop.com)
Sat, 21 Aug 1999 04:21:41 -0700


>Yeah, I know, but when the toy's about $45 in Japan and $90 in the US, see
>what I mean? That's an almost $45, (plus the $45 for the toy) profit on a toy
>sold for $45 in Japan!!. I know there's fees, taxes, etc. but that's
>excessive!. $54.95 is an good price, its only $9.95 more, then $45, which
>makes $54.95 a super, good price. I can take $9.95 mark up, but not a $45
>mark up! Boy, am I glad I price shop, before buying! All I can say is: Thank
>God for the Internet! :) Then, theres the shipping cost...
>
>Aaron

This is what happens when you talk to people who don't know how a business
is run...

The store that charges $54.95 probably ordered truckloads of these so
they got them at wholesale cost and could afford to sell at a lower profit
margin. You think they are making only $9.95 when they are probably making
$39.95 off you. The store that charges $90 is obviously a smaller
operation that cannot afford to stock cases of these toys, and they probably
paid a premium to get the merchandise (i.e. being required by their
supplier to purchase other junk in order to get the toy).

While you are buying from the first store and congratulating yourself for
being a smart shopper, you've just helped make the bigger guy stronger and
the smaller guy weaker. It is no wonder your local mom and pop shops are
either shutting down or being eaten up by national chains that operate on
economy of scale. Welcome to the age of corporate America and the death of
the American Dream.

Eddie

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