The greeting card racket

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 196 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 12:47 PM

I just got my yearly reminder of how big of a ripoff greeting cards are. I saw a large selection of Mother's Day cards that were $7.95-9.95, which I find absurd. Luckily I found some decent cards in the $3-5 range and walked out for less than $14 for 3 cards.

How much did your Mother's Day card purchases set you back this year?


Ironman92 Administrator
56,729 posts 140 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 12:51 PM
posted by justincredible

I just got my yearly reminder of how big of a ripoff greeting cards are. I saw a large selection of Mother's Day cards that were $7.95-9.95, which I find absurd. Luckily I found some decent cards in the $3-5 range and walked out for less than $14 for 3 cards.

How much did your Mother's Day card purchases set you back this year?

I truly hate them and have almost completely went away from them....but Mother’s Day and my mom’s birthday are the two that still get cards.

They are terribly written and just not good.

Automatik Senior Member
15,737 posts 94 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 12:56 PM

$0

I only buy cards for weddings.

iclfan2 Reppin' the 330/216/843
9,465 posts 81 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 12:57 PM

$15 with a $2 coupon.  I mostly refuse to buy cards for this reason, or only buy the 99 cent ones usually

BR1986FB Senior Member
27,923 posts 113 reps Joined Feb 2010
Thu, May 10, 2018 1:10 PM

Send her a text with some emoji's. Problem solved.

vball10set paying it forward
26,788 posts 121 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 1:13 PM

$0...my mother and mother-in-law have both passed

Fab4Runner Tits McGee
6,997 posts 64 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 1:22 PM

I don't usually buy my mom a card. I get her a nice gift, though. 

I don't mind spending money on cards as long as they are fun and unique. I buy a lot of mine on Etsy, and I really like Tay Ham.

QuakerOats Senior Member
11,701 posts 54 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 2:16 PM

This will be the first year I am not buying my mother a card and gift ......difficult, but the day will be full of good reminiscences.

 

Iliketurtles Senior Member
8,507 posts 37 reps Joined Aug 2010
Thu, May 10, 2018 2:38 PM

I just buy flowers and have them sent since I don't live close to my mom. Can't remember the last time I bought a card that wasn't for a wedding. 

HOF on coattails Junior Member
222 posts 4 reps Joined Apr 2014
Thu, May 10, 2018 4:03 PM

A phone call, which she'll forget about two minutes later.  

Dr Winston O'Boogie Senior Member
3,345 posts 24 reps Joined Oct 2010
Thu, May 10, 2018 5:04 PM
posted by QuakerOats

This will be the first year I am not buying my mother a card and gift ......difficult, but the day will be full of good reminiscences.

 

Sorry to hear that.  God bless and hope you're able to enjoy the day with your family.  Glad you have happy memories. 

superman Senior Member
4,377 posts 69 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 5:45 PM

$50

 

But it came delivered with 20 tulips and a vase. 

justincredible Honorable Admin
37,969 posts 196 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, May 10, 2018 9:21 PM

I'm taking my mom to a Reds game the following weekend, but I still felt like I had to send her a card.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 197 reps Joined Nov 2009
Sun, May 13, 2018 9:24 PM

Fuck cards. I will get the cheapest card possible, damn near always. $5+ card gets put back 100% of the time. 

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 189 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, May 14, 2018 2:18 PM

Mine was about $9, but my mom liked it, so I didn't have any issue paying a bit.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 197 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, May 14, 2018 2:25 PM

$9 for ONE card?  

Heretic Son of the Sun
20,517 posts 189 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, May 14, 2018 3:10 PM
posted by ernest_t_bass

$9 for ONE card?  

Yep. It was one of those that plays a little song when you open it. She thought it was cute and liked it; money worth spending as far as I'm concerned between that and the flowers.

ernest_t_bass 12th Son of the Lama
26,698 posts 197 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, May 14, 2018 4:12 PM

Probably could have bought her the song on iTunes for $1.29.

Get off my lawn.

Zunardo Senior Member
815 posts 13 reps Joined Nov 2010
Tue, May 15, 2018 10:05 AM

It IS a racket, but I had bought my wife a pot of pretty pinkish flowers, and there was a $7 card with a picture that matched the flowers exactly, and she really liked that. 

You know what they say.  Happy wife - happy wife.

BRF Senior Member
11,621 posts 88 reps Joined Nov 2009
Tue, May 15, 2018 10:33 AM
posted by Zunardo

It IS a racket, but I had bought my wife a pot of pretty pinkish flowers, and there was a $7 card with a picture that matched the flowers exactly, and she really liked that. 

You know what they say.  Happy wife - happy life.

;-)

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