Working Money: $10 Price Tags On $5 Shirts by Bruce Faber
Beware of the rampant ripoffs in
“Put the $10 price tags on the $5
shirts and we’ll mark them down
to $7 for the sale.” That was the caption on a
cartoon I saw in a magazine about 50 years ago.
It made a lasting impression on me. These days,
friends who want to to buy something ask me
where they can get the best value for their
money, which in turn makes me even more
aware of the ripoffs rampant in the retail world.
Scams are nothing new. They have probably
been happening since the hunter in the next
cave promised a fat T-Rex but delivered a
skinny velociraptor instead. In those days, the
scamming was limited to a small group at
most, and the scammed knew how and where
to administer their grievances, which surely
had a limiting influence.
Things are different now. The technology
available to the scammers of today makes
almost anyone with a computer, a fax machine,
or even a phone potential fodder for the
unscrupulous scum on Commerce River. These
“fool” makers of the electronic business era
are eager to sell us their overpriced goods.
Worse, they are good at it.
In the following scenarios, the names have
been changed to protect the duped: