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What the market will bear

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I went by Pike Place Market to hit the natural foods store and get myself some fish oils, which seems to help my attention deficit, and to pick up a small Buddha statuette. Yeah, there it is, sitting on my desk. The photo makes him look fatter than he really is. More evil, too. Since I was going in from the east gate, I passed by this little kitsch shop that has thousands upon thousands of little statuettes of all kinds. I picked up one of the Buddhas and discovered that it was priced at $17.95. That much for a two-inch tall statuette? I passed on it.

Across the street from Pike Place Market, in the same block as Showgirls and the New Age bookstore, there's a little shop that sells "Philippine kitsch". And they have the same hand carved Buddhas there as well. Two dollars.

I doubt the $14 price differential is going back to the poor souls in whichever third world country these things are made. (Mine says "Made in China" on his butt.)

Current Mood: amused amused
Current Music: Melting Euphoria, Mind's Eyes

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lionman From: lionman Date: January 27th, 2007 01:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Should we talk about the part at the end of this post where you comment about looking at the statues butt? :-)
elfs From: elfs Date: January 28th, 2007 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
No! Especially not since it's the fat Buddha!
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