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Does this sound like a scam/sales line?

Asked by Jam_ (86points) October 4th, 2010

I was at a festival a couple weeks ago, and they had all the kiosks selling jewelry. I was looking at one right, and woman selling them said that they go for $200+ back in Hawaii, but she was selling them all over under $100. That’s a lie to get me to buy it, right? Or do festivals often have lots of deals on merchandise?

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chyna's avatar

Sounds like a sales pitch to me.

Gamrz360's avatar

From your description that sounds like a sales pitch. well, atleast to me it is.

cockswain's avatar

@Gamrz360 And it would be an even better deal if she said the jewelry sells for $500 in Hawaii. Or even $1000!

lillycoyote's avatar

Sounds like a scam/sales line to me. On the other hand you can sometimes find deals at festivals and street fairs. But, for me, if it gets anywhere even close to the hundred dollar range, if not far sooner, I would steer clear of it unless it’s something I actually know enough about to know that I am really getting a good deal.

Seaofclouds's avatar

I think it depends on the type of festival you were at and the jewelry itself. I’ve been to some festivals were I’ve seen things like that. These days, most of those reputable vendors have websites and you can look it up to see for sure.

Jam_'s avatar

@lillycoyote Well, it ended up being a kind of moot point for me, because I only had 25 dollars to spend…
@Seaofclouds I don’t even know if her business had a name, it was just a woman selling stuff. Like everyone else.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Jam_ Whenever I am at a festival and consider making a high dollar purchase, I ask the vendor for their contact information so that I can think about it beforehand (unless it’s something I’m 100% okay with buying regardless of the price). Worst case scenario, they no longer have the item and I get to keep my money. Best case, the item turns out to be worth it and I end up with something nice for myself (or whatever I was buying it for).

llewis's avatar

Well, I can see things in Hawaii being more expensive, since EVERYTHING has to be imported, but that does sound a little fishy. I think @Seaofclouds has the right idea.

wundayatta's avatar

It’s always hard at a festival or someplace where it’s a now or never opportunity. You can’t do any research to see whether it’s a good deal or not.

But nowadays, with smartphones, you could hop on the internet and do some research. Assuming you had a signal at the festival. But if I’m buying something where price matters to me—i.e., it’s not a one of a kind item, then I won’t buy it just like that.

YARNLADY's avatar

Many times the quality of jewelry at the festival is not as good as that sold in stores. They can tell you it usually sells for a higher price, but it would also probably be better quality.

Jam_'s avatar

@Seaofclouds A couple of other girls asked for it, hoping to come the next day, but she refused, saying today was her last day.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Jam_ If she didn’t have any kind of information about herself or how she came about the jewelry, I most likely wouldn’t have trusted her. It seems to me from most of the festivals I’ve been to recently that people have business cards or websites so they can keep selling their stuff even when they aren’t at festivals.

Marchofthefox's avatar

Its a lie, c’mon.
Way too good to be true.

BarnacleBill's avatar

If sales people at festivals don’t give their contact information in order to make a sale at a later date, they’re just in it for quick money.

marymaryquitecontrary's avatar

I think “scam” is too harsh a word, but yes it’s an effective sales pitch, and it may well be true since most everything is more expensive in Hawaii. Similarly, in Virgina a carton of Marlboro’s will cost you about $21 right now. If you were to express interest in cigarettes there (not that you should…) they might well tell you that a single pack would cost you $11 in New York City, and that would be both a sales pitch and the truth.

thekoukoureport's avatar

Caveat Emptor…. Buyer Beware.

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