A few female co-workers were cooing over a diamond catalog, as one of them is getting married soon. I pointed out that the entire diamond industry has been built on artificial demand and that diamonds are intrinsically nowhere near as rare and valuable as other precious stones, like emeralds or rubies. They responded that they know it’s all a big scam, but they buy into it anyway.
So I’m wondering, what do you dopers know to be total B.S., but you buy into it anyway?
Many designers have started to creep up the measurements on their sizes. IOW, a “size 10” in one line happens to be an inch wider around the waist than a size “10” in another clothing line. I tend to gravitate towards the more, er, generous designers because my ego likes the smaller tag even as my ass gets larger.
Not really a scam per se but an example of an overpriced product. I know lattes from Starbucks and the like are overpriced and mass produced with average beans. But I still cough up my $3.50 on an almost daily basis.
The OP specifically asked about people who “buy into the scams anyway.” If you don’t buy into it, you’re not included in this group. Congratulations.
As for me, I got suckered into getting a diamond for my wedding ring even though I didn’t really intend to get one. The diamond store lady said some things about how you want a stone that is hard, like a diamond, for something that is going to be on your hand every day for the rest of your life, and ooh pretty, and sigh, here we are.
Starbucks lattes, too. I don’t even have an excuse for this one.