Originally Posted by abubakr_al-misky
in 2013 everything is way marked up, its the only way to survive as a business. Non of it is cheating or trickery because Zahras would not be online for us who dont live overseas and want some descent attars. Oh yeh the prices of oils in KSA are also rediculasly marked from the manufacturer. Most of Madini's are synthetic and dont smell as advertized. Their Oud is not oud, their Ambergris is not ambergris, their rose is synthetic and so on. Im not trying to be negetive but in reality, any one has the right to mark up to any price, yet its the buyer who chooses to it. I would bet American goods are higher then KSA? :)
I see what you're trying to say; seems like you are a perfume salesman yourself. I agree that a person has the right to mark up however much they want, but customers tend to dislike that -- as you may know. As the human psychology works, if I come to know that a "middle man" ridiculously marked up the price of my goods, then I'll consider that as taking advantage of the situation considering that they're separately charging for shipping as well. You can phrase that as you will. On the other hand, if a manufacturer does the same, then, as a customer, I will assume that the manufacturing process is lengthy and costly -- so no hard feelings for them.
Business is as much about consumer psychology as it is about economics.
Also, I'm not wearing attars for their brand name, as I don't tell people what I'm wearing and rarely does anyone ask. In any case though, attars are usually already marked up for their brand names from the manufacturer.
Your opinion may vary, and I respect that.