So, I got some Big City occult stores pissed off at me for calling them out on how they are exploiting their Pagan clientele! Often times one will encounter an occult store selling an oil for, let's say, $5/ dram, yet one can buy most of the exact same essential and fragrance oils by the ounce and for about the same price from trapper supply stores and websites that use these scents to bait traps with! This is what I like to call the "illusion of value". ;) A couple renowned occult stores have disliked me spreading this news that they have sent me either hate mail, or even threatened to curse me! (I've never laughed so hard!) I am grateful that I have found the primary resource for essential and fragrance oils that most occult stores use, especially since they still have a few bottles of deerstongue oil on hand from years ago, which one cannot FIND anymore!!! I'm planning on buying their remaining stock, and then selling the precious oil for $30/ dram because it's so precious these days.
No, you have totally misunderstood--they are the SAME oils that these Big City occult stores sell (there's nothing different about them). Also, marking up a product by more than 400% is much more than a standard "mark up"! I would never dream of such a mark up, and I would probably sell them at much more reasonable prices as the trapper companies have done.
Walgreens sells Florida water: $3.00 per bottle; occult shop: $10.00+ per bottle. Walgreens, still in business; occult shop, closing down. Coincidence? Ain't sayin', just sayin'. Also, the hate mail and threat thing... This reeks. I have a strong hunch that this occurred on Facebook, with the threats and "hate mail" taking the form of messages written in the comment section, authored by other customers.
Walgreens sells Florida water: $3.00 per bottle; occult shop: $10.00+ per bottle. Walgreens, still in business; occult shop, closing down.
Walgreens massive corporation that spreads its costs of operation among its stores and subsidiaries.
Occult shop owned by one person struggling to make a profit when they don't have the resources of a Walgreen.
When you deal in volume, you can lower your prices.
But when you make a lot of money , you can afford
water at ten dollars a bottle , or organic food all the time...
The rest of us will go for three dollar water , or cheaper food , just to exist...
Here's the rub: they buy it from the same company from which the occult supplier purchases it. The occult shop owner is struggling because he is making all the wrong choices; namely, catering to people that have no money.
Drive by internet disagreements; gotta love 'em. Don't be a contrarian just because you don't like me as a person; you can have a low opinion of someone and that doesn't make them wrong.
The occult shop owner is struggling because he is making all the wrong choices; namely, catering to people that have no money.
So do Walgreens and Walmart. But they overcome that by selling in volume to a LOT of people with no money. Again, the small business owner can't compete with that. Not because of bad choices, but because of the disadvantages inherent in large corporate stores versus small mom and pop stores.
This is a successful strategy perpetrated by any corporation wanting to corner the market.
"you sir are a damp nut"
That's what she said.
Pagans exploit themselves. They're renowned capitalists. I am not sure why this is a surprise.
Because people are stupid. They don't think it be like it is, but it do.
Chequebook or credit card Paganism is often the easy way to try to find the true pathway.