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This is non-woodworking but, it shows the kind of thing that really irks me and, it can be an alert to others.
After re-arranging things in my office I needed a longer usb cable for my printer. Yeah, I know, new one have wireless technology, but this one works fine for me. Anyway, I went to Staples to pick one up and the associate there grabbed it off the display and told me it was $36.99. Instant anger!! I told him to put it away and Iíd find one online. Another associate, a cute little girl said wait, we price match. She went to their computer and brought up the same cable on Staples.Com for $6.99!! Really?? $30.00 difference?? They did the price match but that did remind me to always search for prices before going to a store.
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And if you hadn't complained you would have paid $37 for a $7 cable which can probably be bought on ebay for $2 with cheap or free shipping from China where all of them are made anyway. I bought an Iphone charge cable on ebay for $0.99 with free shipping. $5 here in the store.
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Went shopping for a simple little sunhat for my 1 yr old grandson, last week. They wanted $32!!!
Found a similar one on Amazon.ca for $9...
The pricey one was made in Vietnam. Gee, I wonder how much of that $32 stuck to the poor sod making them?
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Caveat Emptor is my motto! The beauty of the internet is you can generally find the reasonable cost for something.

Accessories are an area where the retailers overcharge. If a customer is buying a $500 computer or TV, an extra $20 or $30 on a cable might get overlooked. They need it now, right? Too much hassle to shop around. And for a business, time is money plus it's not coming out of the purchaser's pocket. They all do it. Worse, they often have cheaper items listed but are conveniently out of stock most of the time. Best Buy is a real abuser of this.

One the other hand, I don't begrudge a retailer from making a reasonable profit. It's ok that the $2 cable from Amazon would be $10 in a store. But $37, that's just an intelligence test.
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I use an app on my phone "Shop Savvy" that reads the bar-code and let's you know the price from stores around your area...reads the code all the time but sometimes the item is not located in other stores...

Retail stores, especially the big ones, generally have a code they march to..."what they don't know won't kill them"...

...not criticizing, commiserating...
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Always check Amazon.....
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Went shopping for a simple little sunhat for my 1 yr old grandson, last week. They wanted $32!!!
Found a similar one on Amazon.ca for $9...
The pricey one was made in Vietnam. Gee, I wonder how much of that $32 stuck to the poor sod making them?
If you would really like the answer to that, it would be much less than 1%. Sis-in-law is over in Bali on a buying trip for her store right now. She gets some really nice mosaic type mirrors for under $2 there. Here they go for $60. You can bet the kid that makes them doesn't get 10 lousy cents.

Doesn't quite seem fair somehow.

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Worked for Kawasaki (motorcycles) one year and they priced accessories with between a 200 to 300 percent markup from cost. Gilette gives away the razor and charges high for the blades. Standard procedure. Always best to search for an item by lowest price. Lots of options show up. Most goods are commodities these days, but companies try to peddle them as premium. Cash is king still applies.
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We have an HP printer.... I buy refilled ink cartridges from Amazon because a set from HP costs more than the printer...
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We have an HP printer.... I buy refilled ink cartridges from Amazon because a set from HP costs more than the printer...
I have gotten really ripped on that, buying aftermarket ink cartridges and now go with the HP cartriges.

The recycled ones for $14. were half full, empty, leaked all over the inside of the printer ruining the printer,full but wouldn't print.

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