Me thinks there is a substantial percentage of American consumers, who are so gullible they pay outrageous prices for routine items. Of course, my daughters are in that group. To me, a handbag or wallet fulfills a need. To them, it is a fashion statement. So I ask you: when was the last time you ogled someone’s wallet at the store checkout? When was the last time you coveted someone’s choice of paper towels or toilet paper? When was the last time you envied someone’s plastic bottle of water?
This week, I was early to an appointment, so I entered a designer grocery–the kind which caters to folk with more money than sense. I perused the inflated prices: boneless, chicken breasts at $5.99 a pound, broccoli crowns at $4.99 a pound, and the deli was serving $10 a cup coffee. I found this curious as the day before I paid $1.47 a pound for boneless chicken breasts. Obviously, something is seriously wrong with my palate. Chicken is chicken. Beef, however, is another matter. (Ribeye steaks are far superior to round steak.)
Yet, the most outrageous item I saw on my adventure was one, peeled navel orange in a plastic container. It’s price: $6.00! Had I known folk were so gullible, I would have picked my plentiful oranges, peeled and contained them, and undercut the price by one dollar. Damn! I’d be wealthy! Maybe, next year.