Nickle and diming. Is it worth it in the long run?
Ebay has gone crazy with their prices, literally nickle and diming wherever they can. I kind of like bold costing a dollar, as it keeps many away from ruining the listings. However, a "gallery" picture is twenty-five cents. Galleries help ebay, that should be free. Scheduling, reserves, buy it now, and many other options cost five or ten cents. It makes listing an item agitating, and i get the feeling that ebay is holding out a scrawny bony hand, waiting to grab my wallet. My pleasure in using ebay has gone down. Besides that, they don't seem to work well with Mozilla. I'd switch to another online service, but i don't think anyone else has the same visibility for the same market.
When i go to a restaurant, the prices are expensive. But then, when i want a drink, they usually want a dollar for a can of pop. I've always felt that the expensive price should be getting the person to commit. After that, the prices should be just enough to cover cost. Charge alot for the sandwhich, but charge cost (or something small) for the drink. Why? Because when i'm eating and enjoying my food, my satisfaction justifies the cost already spent. The past where i spent money is now behind me, and now enjoyment is the game. However, when i get thirtsy, i have to give an entire dollar for twelve ounces. And, if that isn't enough, i have to spend *another* dollar to get a second drink. That always makes me feel frustrated. It really ruins my experience in a restaraunt.
I think this is true by consumer electronics. The main item should be expensive, assuming it is good quality, but the accessories should be cheap. I bought a camera for a thousand dollars a few years ago (Nikon Coolpix 990), yet they want one hundred for the remote! That cheap piece of plastic with minor functionality. If i ever buy a new camera, i will definitely keep that in mind. But this is everywhere.
Am i alone in thinking that the upfront price should be higher, but the auxillaries should be cheaper? Do people not get marred by the experience of constantly paying outrageous sums? And yet, others don't seem to care. As if they have accepted it already as "that's the way it is".
Well, one thing's for sure, i drink more water now.