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Are You A Cheapskate?

Willows
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12/8/2019 11:10:17 AM
Posted: 9 months ago
You know the kind I mean. They go around boasting about all the things they got cheaper than you. "This chuck steak is just the same as that rib eye you got. Yesssirreee, I'm really smart and look around for the cheapest prices while all you snobby bastards get ripped off. "

Take Costco for example by peeling back the layers to reveal just what is going on with this modern icon of cheapskatism.

Here we have a supermarket chain calling themselves an exclusive "direct to the public wholesale warehouse".
They use every trick in the book to lure the unsuspecting, Greed-ridden cheapskates:

* Let's slap a "membership fee" on those doofuses so they think they are special and they have to keep coming back to shop to recoup their money.
* Hey, Here's a good one. We supply super-large shopping carts so they feel guilty if they don't fill them up with heaps of cheap crap.
* And let's make it look like a warehouse so they naively think they are "buying direct".
* Oh, And we'll package everything up in bulk packages so they have to buy a real shite-load that will take more than a year to use up.
* But wait, There's more. We get in only the cheapest nasty quality stuff and package it as our "exclusive brand" so none of those suckers can compare with quality brands.
* Get this one right. We put security guards at the door to make it look like this is a highly sought-after place.
* We'll have our own exclusive members-only gas stations where the fuel is (very marginally) cheaper than everywhere else. But here's the rub; there are no attendants and you have to pay by card in advance. If the suckers fill up and still have credit left, They don't get their money refunded until next month. And the idiots have to line up in queues like sheep for over half an hour for the privilege.

So, Hey guys, It's a win-win situation. We win double the amount of profit than reputable supermarkets at the expense of those idiots we rip off.

It's a bit like religion really.
What do Churches do to entice the self-centered, Greedy, Ignorant punters?
Yep, The same as Costco but only worse. Religious shysters use every trick in the book to suck in their unsuspecting victims:
* Lying about the presence of an invisible master that they must idolize.
* Instill fear by putting across the dishonest notion that if members don't conform and stay with the flock, They will receive the most revolting, Violent punishment forever.
* Play the guilt-trip card by conning members into thinking that they are dishonoring their families by not conforming to bigotted, Hate-mongering ideals.

Yes, Yes, I know. It all sounds like something from a horror movie, Doesn't it?

But sadly, Even in these enlightened, Civilized times cheap, Low-down nastiness still exists.

So long as there are self-centered, Ignorant, Greedy, Naive idiots around there will always be charlatans to exploit and to take advantage of them.
Harikrish
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12/8/2019 4:06:07 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
Willows wrote:
You know the kind I mean. They go around boasting about all the things they got cheaper than you. "This chuck steak is just the same as that rib eye you got. Yesssirreee, I'm really smart and look around for the cheapest prices while all you snobby bastards get ripped off. "

Take Costco for example by peeling back the layers to reveal just what is going on with this modern icon of cheapskatism.

Here we have a supermarket chain calling themselves an exclusive "direct to the public wholesale warehouse".
They use every trick in the book to lure the unsuspecting, Greed-ridden cheapskates:

* Let's slap a "membership fee" on those doofuses so they think they are special and they have to keep coming back to shop to recoup their money.
* Hey, Here's a good one. We supply super-large shopping carts so they feel guilty if they don't fill them up with heaps of cheap crap.
* And let's make it look like a warehouse so they naively think they are "buying direct".
* Oh, And we'll package everything up in bulk packages so they have to buy a real shite-load that will take more than a year to use up.
* But wait, There's more. We get in only the cheapest nasty quality stuff and package it as our "exclusive brand" so none of those suckers can compare with quality brands.
* Get this one right. We put security guards at the door to make it look like this is a highly sought-after place.
* We'll have our own exclusive members-only gas stations where the fuel is (very marginally) cheaper than everywhere else. But here's the rub; there are no attendants and you have to pay by card in advance. If the suckers fill up and still have credit left, They don't get their money refunded until next month. And the idiots have to line up in queues like sheep for over half an hour for the privilege.

So, Hey guys, It's a win-win situation. We win double the amount of profit than reputable supermarkets at the expense of those idiots we rip off.

It's a bit like religion really.
What do Churches do to entice the self-centered, Greedy, Ignorant punters?
Yep, The same as Costco but only worse. Religious shysters use every trick in the book to suck in their unsuspecting victims:
* Lying about the presence of an invisible master that they must idolize.
* Instill fear by putting across the dishonest notion that if members don't conform and stay with the flock, They will receive the most revolting, Violent punishment forever.
* Play the guilt-trip card by conning members into thinking that they are dishonoring their families by not conforming to bigotted, Hate-mongering ideals.

Yes, Yes, I know. It all sounds like something from a horror movie, Doesn't it?

But sadly, Even in these enlightened, Civilized times cheap, Low-down nastiness still exists.

So long as there are self-centered, Ignorant, Greedy, Naive idiots around there will always be charlatans to exploit and to take advantage of them.

The idea is the more you save on your shopping the more you have to give to charity. That is the desired win win outcome.
Using the saving to buy more from Costco is an abuse of discount stores.

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