Steve, A personal apology if you feel I brought up to much
Joe, the problem is the products on the earth website are marked up 25-30% so the 15% you make back on cashback still puts you in the hole because of the marked up prices.. . I just can’t justify shopping there if the prices are marked up.
And the list goes on and on.. My point is if STE is going to mark up every product and put the money in their own pocket, where do I save while shopping on the shop to earth website? I mean some stuff is close to 40% marked up. So whenever I find something I might be interested in, I search other websites for comparable prices and it never pays to buy through the earth website. I *WANT* to shop there, even if the 15% cash back breaks me even or a little bit less.. But I can’t justify losing 25-40% off every item I want to buy. Even with cash back and points, it doesn’t even out.. See my dilema?
My apologies to all. I simply wanted to show how ridiculously easy it is to pull up personal information in this day and age. It is to easy to find pretty much anything about anyone hence the reason that I wish to remain anonymous. To Capt. There certainly is no intent of trying to make you feel at unease. If that is the case, I’m sorry.
Today Costco is a HUGE success
Darwin, where did my post go where I linked some examples of the earth page pricing vs other websites? I posted it a couple of days ago but it has never been approved.
Anything that comes in w links gets flagged as spam immediately. I’ll check it out when I clean out the folder next. Occasionally elite singles legit comments end up in there.
FYI: The Earth pricing is just OK right now. Some things are market priced and some are below and surely some are over-priced. Every shopper knows that you can ALWAYS find a better deal somewhere regardless of what you are looking for. You can find the same Hanes underwear cheaper at Walmart than at Macys and Nordstorm. Doesn’t mean there isn’t room for all to survive and thrive. All 3 have loyal and dedicated customers
Keep in mind that Shop to Earth has just over 100,000 shoppers . . . it’s just a baby. It hasn’t even started yet. It’s still in pre-launch. Once it grows to over 500,000 and then over 1 million in the next few years everything will get even better. The website, search engine and pricing too.
Remember Costco/Price Club 15-20 years ago? You had to pay $100 to “join” the club. Lots of people thought it would NEVER make it ! They had 1/3 of the products they have today. You had to pay with cash or check only ( no Credit Cards). Then eventually they took Amex CHARGE card only. You had to buy in bulk . . . 24 cans of tuna and a 5 gallon jug of mayo. You still have to put your stuff in a 3-sided used card board box with no help and when you walk out they check your receipt like you are a shoplifter. So what happened? . . a Wall Street darling for the last 10 years. It didn’t happen in its first 2 years. Lots of people joined and then MANY did not renew . . . but as Costco upped their game and added more products word got out and it spread. They added quality meat and fish, garden products, even clothing. “Where did you get that pie?” . . . ” I got it at Costco!” . . . so people started coming back in droves. As on-line shopping becomes mainstream and as SHOP TO EARTH KEEPS IMPROVING LIKE THEY DO EVERY MONTH (last summer they had 400 stores today they have over 1,200) Experts are predicting the same growth fro STE. The business model just makes too much sense.