By WR Jones
This scene is a Virgina farm my sister and I drove by while looking for something to paint. Ok, enough about painting. Here is my latest ongoing aggravation –
I’m watching TV and on comes this loudmouth salesman pushing plastic tape to fix stuff. Fix a leaky faucet, the garden hose, your spouse’s mouth, etc. If you want to sell stuff, fine. The part that pisses me off is the pitch, “3 Rolls of this miracle tape for the give away price of $10” (leaving the poor sacrificing fools only $9.85 profit margin). Ok, if you want to screw your fellow man and he is willing to take the hit, fine by me. HOWEVER, don’t further my already rampant annoyance by telling me if I will only act now, in the next few seconds, before this chance of a lifetimes slips by me forever, you will throw in another 3 rolls for FREE!!! all I have to pay is for the extra shipping AND handling.
Here is my question, if you are dipping into the bin to get 3 rolls of tape and you have to get 3 more, how much extra handling is that exactly? Call me paranoid but, I’m thinking the payment for EXTRA handling actually pays for the tape + profit + shipping + taxes + lunch + screw the sucker fees.
Still, I like the sales concept. I will sell you this painting for the low low price of $500 + shipping and handling. If you call me in the next few minutes (no wait, make that the next few months) I will throw in another previously sold painting for FREE, just pay the shipping, repo, and fondling fees.