Buyer Beware

I was in one of those big stores that take donations from people and then have their own staff work on the donations to mend them, clean them up and display them for sale in their store for the sake of some charity or other — I am sure you have seen some of these kinds of retailers in your lifetime.

Some people call that kind of store, “Bargain Outlets.”

I prefer the term, “Bargain Toilets.”

Anyways, I was in the store to purchase a couple of V-neck sweaters (I buy a lot of clothing at thrift stores these days) and there was some other guy in there who had bought himself a large television set … and he was boasting pretty loudly about the bargain he had received in purchasing his TV ….. He had been told by the cashier that the TV was going to cost him $50-dollars (U.S. Dollars) and he was being very vocal about how much money he was saving.

This all came to a sudden halt when the cashier informed the man that she had made a mistake and that the real price of the “Bargain” TV was going to be $249-dollars instead of $50. — The clerk was very apologetic but was very focused on getting an additional $200 from the customer for the TV set …. a set that was not even new …. and a set that the customer had no way of knowing whether or not it was in working condition.

The clerk was apparently not in a position to let the would-be customer plug his “Bargain” TV into an outlet to see if it was in working condition or not and … believe it or not … the customer actually shelled out the extra $200 and left the store with the TV set.

I guess this customer was not into making scenes in a public place but if it had been me, you can be damned sure that I would not have been scammed out of an extra $200 for something I was told was going to cost me a mere $50!

My point here is, “Be darned certain that what you are going to buy from a bargain store actually works and that the price you are originally quoted is the price you will actually pay once you reach the cash register.

A lot of the used (and possibly abused) crap that passes through some of these kinds of stores carry no warranties whatsoever and whatever the condition of the merchandise, the buyer is stuck with it once he or she shells out the cash to buy it.

2 thoughts on “Buyer Beware

  1. I don’t know that we have that sort of shop here. We do have ‘Charity Shops’ that sell second-hand books and clothes, even furniture, with the profits going to a specific charity. But they don’t sell electrical items, as having them tested for safety is too expensive.
    Best wishes, Pete.


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