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Posted - 03/02/2011 :  08:46:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Once again an overpriced item is being offered at school. Class Rings!!

99 % of all class rings are mfg. by Artcarved or Bierks. Jostens is a distributor who buys from mfg's and sells them thru independent reps, which is what is happening here.

Now why is it that a specific ring can be purchased online from 4 or 5 distributors, custom made for UCHS by Artcarved for $169.00 or from WalMart for $79.95 but it cost $629.00 from Jostens at school?

OK, say the ring cost $20.00 or less to make. The rep. that is coming to school pays on average $59 to $79. for the ring. So, if the ring cost the student's parent $679, then who gets the difference. How about outraegous(sic) sales commission and a big school portion of the pie.

I have no problem with making money on a product, what I think is wrong is that the rep gets a very high commission and the school should do this as a part of the education procedure and our taxes and not take such a big cut of the money.

What is really sad is that a high number of students cannot afford this price for a school ring in this era of high gas prices, unemployment and cost of living, foreclosures etc. How would you like to be a student who cannot get a ring because of this and the school furnishing a platform to embarrass a lot of kids.

As a matter of pricipal. I ordered my kids rings last night, exactly like the ones from the school, with a real stone, for $179.00 each.

Yearbooks are another rip off, orchestrated by the mfg. and the school for profit but this is a story for another post.

Shucks

shucks


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Posted - 03/02/2011 :  08:49:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ADM. I believe i posted this in incorrect topic. Can it be moved to the schools thread.?

Sorry, must be getting old and blind.

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Posted - 03/03/2011 :  8:12:48 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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Once again an overpriced item is being offered at school. Class Rings!!

99 % of all class rings are mfg. by Artcarved or Bierks. Jostens is a distributor who buys from mfg's and sells them thru independent reps, which is what is happening here.

Now why is it that a specific ring can be purchased online from 4 or 5 distributors, custom made for UCHS by Artcarved for $169.00 or from WalMart for $79.95 but it cost $629.00 from Jostens at school?

OK, say the ring cost $20.00 or less to make. The rep. that is coming to school pays on average $59 to $79. for the ring. So, if the ring cost the student's parent $679, then who gets the difference. How about outraegous(sic) sales commission and a big school portion of the pie.

I have no problem with making money on a product, what I think is wrong is that the rep gets a very high commission and the school should do this as a part of the education procedure and our taxes and not take such a big cut of the money.

What is really sad is that a high number of students cannot afford this price for a school ring in this era of high gas prices, unemployment and cost of living, foreclosures etc. How would you like to be a student who cannot get a ring because of this and the school furnishing a platform to embarrass a lot of kids.

As a matter of pricipal. I ordered my kids rings last night, exactly like the ones from the school, with a real stone, for $179.00 each.

Yearbooks are another rip off, orchestrated by the mfg. and the school for profit but this is a story for another post.

Shucks



Are you comparing rings made of the same material? Gold is a lot higher than lustrium (a jeweler's metal). I've been able to buy a nice Josten's lustrium high school ring for $81.30. That is what suited my budget. It's comparable (as far as price and material) to my Class of '80 Balfour high school ring that I still enjoy and am proud of - ah, tradition!

I can remember when I bought mine I was encouraged to be sensitive to the country club girls who were not getting class rings. Forget that - At least one of these girls was getting a diamond from her parents.

My kids do not have a lot of what their peers do - cars, certain clothes and technology, big vacations, etc. Neither did I as a teen. Neither do I now as an adult. That's life. We're OK. A lot of kids do not buy class rings.

The reps have costs to cover - including paying their employees - order processing, customer service, etc. The schools benefit from the in-school sales as well - for example - computers for class rooms which greatly benefit the students.

I still enjoy my high school yearbooks.

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