I’m sure we’re all familiar with the sleazy but time-honored practice of shunting off portions of the cost of an item or service into a miscellany of arbitrary fees that are inseparable from the cost of trading in said item or service – and thus have no reason not to be factored into the sale price – in order to deceptively advertise a false, lower cost.
When the local K-Mart was closing down and selling off their fixtures, however, I saw what has to be the most blatant, lazy, and absurd example of this I could possibly imagine – a “buyer’s fee.”
Let me say that again – a “buyer’s fee.”
I mean, is there anything more inherent to the cost of buying an item than, you know, buying it? It’s practically a parody of itself.
“See, this shelving unit costs $50, but the privilege of actually buying it will run you another $7.50. You can avoid the buyer’s fee if you just want to pay the fifty bucks and let us keep the unit.”
Way to go, K-Mart. You’ll be the envy of ISPs everywhere. (>^-‘)>