22 thoughts on “July 16, 2016

  1. I’ve had that conversation with model builders that can’t understand why a model, even if it originally came out 50 years ago (yes, there are model kits that old still getting produced!) That in some cases were originally funded by the automakers for giveaway promo toys are now $25+. When you take into consideration that the tooling may need work to bring it back usable condition, that not on only did the manufacturer who commissioned the original tooling now want money from the kit manufacturer to be allowed to sell the kit, they have to do the same for any name brand hot rod parts, decals and even tires in the kit on top of that, then with polystyrene being an oil based product, oil is much pricier now than 50 years ago, pay an artist to update the packaging, then ship the kit here from China (even if the tool were originally manufactured and used here in America, and that plants employee may get slightly better pay vs the one making the shirts), then have to advertise and then ship the kits to.the distributors and/or stores. That’s all with tooling that was paid off decades ago!

    • One hole is that a lot of times molds that old aren’t updated, which is why old molds come out warped or with tons of flash, and commonly have bad fit. This can be especially common for car models.

  2. This strip is unreal to me. The costumer, instead of insisting that he know how things work and what the prices of materials are on a global scale simply ponders the possibility that he was wrong in his assumpions. Had that happend to me i would have stopped and asked myself if i had gone to work in the Twilight Zone.

  3. Probably true to some exstent but i can buy cheep fabric for a buck a yard. Someone buying 10,p00 yard will be getting it cheaper. That said they could also be made of good fabric that’ll cost me a bit more?

    • Grumbels is semi-upscale, so expect decent quality fabric for most of their stuff. A shirt will run 2-3 yards of fabric. Toss in buttons, possibly something to stiffen the collars, and maybe even some sort of monogramming, and yes, you’re definitely in the “dollars” range.

      • depends on the pattern, a simple pattern with a non napping fabric and no design on it a shirt can be as little as a yard and a quarter for a mens medium. Further industry tends to be less wasteful with it;s material then simplicity of the like. And I mentioned fabric because it is the most expensive part. Thread, buttons, interfacing and zippers really are quite cheep in bulk.

    • Having attempted to make my own shirts, yes, you need a few yards per shirt because of how the pieces are cut, and cheap fabric does not feel nice when you have to wear it all day.

      Then there are “notions” for clothing (buttons, zippers, etc) and any extras (different fabrics used for cuffs? stiffening for collars and cuffs?) and don’t forget labor, esp if it was made by free labor.

      tl;dr quality costs money.

  4. She’s probably right about the person making it only making about 12 cents, since everything is made in China, Taiwan or someplace like that with hundreds of workers in sweatshops. Very sad.

  5. My question – Does it really cost a lot more for plus sizes? Is the extra fabric a significant cost? Lululemon cited that as a reason not to have plus sizes, in that little controversy over their sizes. I thought that was ridiculous since they’re already charging a hefty amount.

    Also, the 12 cent part… um… ouch. 🙁

    • I’d imagine that the bigger costs is to spread the design and tooling across the smaller sales for that size. Then add the cost to stock and inventory them.

    • That’s the biggest pet peeve I have since I wear plus size, the price will go up $5 from to 2x to 3x+ but they’ll charge them same for M as 2x. They either need to charge the same for all sIzes or a different price for each size, then it would be fair.

      • Except that the 2x is probably the same shirt as a M, just sized larger. If they were charging the same for all the sizes, they’d be selling the same shaped shirt at all the sizes.

    • The plus size markup is less due to the fabric used and more due to the fact that it’s a smaller market, so the overhead per shirt is greater. (This is only really an issue with women’s fashion, where they change styles so often that they have to pay off the design costs in a couple of years.)

      I’m often suspicious of stores that charge the same, because of the high risk that I’m not actually going to get proper plus-sized clothing, just regular clothes sized up.

  6. Happened to me this week. We sell 7 cent Hershey kisses at the register and a lady said “that is so expensive!” And I (unprofessionally I admit, I shouldn’t have said anything but I was at the breaking point in my shift) said “Do you know how much it costs to make a Hershey Kiss?” And she said “Well, no.” And I continued ringing her up with a sweet smile on my face and thanked her for shopping but I think I made my point.

    Customers who magically KNOW the prices things SHOULD be at or INSIST that an item is cheaper in another store but never offer proof for us to price match, they just want to yell at you are so so exhausting.

  7. It’s even more aggravating when people say “But it only used to cost $X!”

    Yeah, and that was ten years ago! Most prices only go in one direction: UP!

  8. I work in hardware these days, and the markup can vary immensely with the kind of tool we’re talking about and the brand. A certain German-named bright yellow one is actually a tiny markup for us. Our own ones more so despite the difference in price.

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