Why does EVERYTHING have to be branded these days????
Ranty McRanterson wants a rant .
Sometimes, things I sell on eBay are not branded, or to be honest, the labels have been cut out because they're itchy scratchy little blighters.
But dearest eBay-san still wants everything to have a brand . Even if it's only George at Asda or F&F at Tesco, it's a brand. So help me God.
But they really have gone too far now.
- A chalk and board duster set. From the days of my m-i-l's school teachering, no doubt. But you better believe that Messrs eBay wish it to be branded. I suspect it was something bought from a door-to-door salesman or home products catalogue, because these things have always been cheaper than going for something that you're paying twice as much for the name as you are for the item. (So sorry, do forgive my cynicism...)
- A pin badge in the shape of a high top sneaker . Looks like something from a walking or running charity event , to me. But Messrs eBay, the one and only, seem to think that the only organisations which produce pin badges are military units and Disney . I am sure that the cancer ribbon twist is as well known in the States as it is here. This is one charity's version of the same, if I remember.
So, will someone please enlighten me. Brands. What? Why? Shoe brands (#Clarks work shoes, Saucony trainers) I can understand. Ralph Lauren Polo T-shirts bought at US outlets too. We have dozens and dozens. I wear nothing else in the summer for work except RLP T-shirts, cheap trousers and Clarks leather flats.
But why everything else? Economy range value goods at the scratch and dent are as good as Heinz beans, Weetabix, Axe/Lynx and Robinson's Orange. Why spend more when you don't actually have to?
Just because a chalk set has Ben-10 or Transformers on it does not make it better quality than something badged as supermarket's own. And sometimes charities have their own ideas about what will work for them, and do not want to follow the herd (or the running field).
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