Ugh i can’t sleep. Anyways …
Emotions are always a touchy subject. Since you’re asking, I’ll just point out that “ripped off” assumes a particular motivation on the part of the seller, and that’s the only objection I would make to the term.
I don’t think the person who chose to shop at Macy’s (mid/high market department store) feels ripped off even though they could have possibly gotten the same package of Hanes brand undergarments at Wal-mart for 60% of the price.
But this is also a case where someone who is unfamiliar with the local markets may not be aware that multiple retailers will carry this common brand at various prices. Say, someone who just moved here from another country or … something … a “new player” equivalent in the market.
The truth is, in both cases, someone may have chosen a particular retailer for reasons other than price, or they may have failed to do sufficient research and so “made a bad purchase”. Neither one got “ripped off” as both merchants had the products there available at clearly marked prices.
This is reaching for a parallel, heh, but it should be a clear example.
I’m offering a very low buy price for eyes in a basket in my shop. I stated this bluntly in the post I made advertising the baskets, and most of the other baskets are solidly in market range. The fact is that I don’t need eyes, and I priced them relative to the margins I’d be making on the other animal loots I’m buying when I eventually process 99% of them into essence or glue.
An inexperienced player may sell there and later decide to reel “ripped off” when they see prices at another shop. That’s not really my fault, and while I’m sorry for some inevitable bad feelings, the fact is that if you want top dollar for eyes you need to go find a forge shop.
The basket is there because a person who just sold me a bunch of their bones, hide, tallow, glands, trophies, blood, etc… at mid to high market prices might just say “you know what I don’t want to go hunt more baskets” and sell me some cheap eyes. This person is likely to appreciate dumping all of their stuff in one place and walk away feeling like they did just fine.
In the end, those priorities, and those feelings, belong to the customer.
Now, if I had a sign on my eye basket saying “BEST EYE PRICES IN 50 WORLDS” - That’s an active attempt to deceive and I would say 100% justifies feeling ripped off.
OFC no one ever has to 100% objectively justify their feelings but if you’re using accusatory terms there will sometimes be defensive replies.