Boycott the rigged pricing for this DVD, for which Amazon is the culprit. It's unfair to the consumer just how much Amazon manages to monopolize the high cost of DVDs.
Amazon manipulates increasingly higher DVD prices by forcing their Amazon sellers to sell DVDs at specific prices, even used DVDs. Why should we pay Mafia prices for one little DVD that is mostly still photos that have been videotaped? This is how we make the rich richer while we get poorer.
While TOOTS is an interesting story about a bar owner, you'd have to be deluded into paying the extortionist prices that Amazon is demanding their sellers price this DVD at. Some of Amazon's sellers would rather sell this DVD at a much more reasonable price. But then that would result in lower commission fees for Amazon's CEO.
Let's face it, this is not a DVD about God. It's about a bar owner. That's all that Toots Shor was; a bar owner who sold food at his tavern in Manhattan.
Toots did NOT find the cure to cancer or land on the moon with Neil Armstrong or discover the cure to baldness. So why is Amazon allowing the thieves out there to rip off people by attempting to charge such outlandish and exceedingly unfair prices for a program that is 84 minutes long? This goes beyond the supply and demand excuse.
I cannot understand how Toot's granddaughter, Krista Jacobson, the producer of this video, would expect anyone to pay such rip off prices for a single show. Krista should place another order for DVD copies of TOOTS and begin distributing them in stores & the Internet again if she truly wants to promote her grandfather's memory.
But maybe there isn't that much to promote in the first place. Most of Toot's Shor customers were the average joe on the street. They were the ones who kept Toots in business, not the celebrities who went there for free food & free booze on the house.
If you believe the hype in this video, then you would falsly imagine that Toot's bar was the only place in New York City where famous people got sauced. The truth was, there were many bars & restaurants where celebrities went but who really cares about where celebrities congregated?
That is idolatry. And idolatry never got anyone anywhere. Toots was known to discourage people from asking for autographs and did not like his customers to approach celebrities for autographs, photos and small talk.
They are not really important people, compared to other more vital fields of endeavor, which play a critical role in the world. Actors & athletes will never find the cure to cancer, rest assured.
Alas, there are some who think we should pay big bucks to hear stories about celebrities who drank in a bar. Life is too short for that.
But for now, Amazon has encouraged these artificially high prices because the more expensive an item is on Amazon, the more money Amazon will make for itself because Amazon gets a percentage of each item sold thru their website.
I used to be a seller on Amazon. It was Amazon who specified prices for certain DVDs that Amazon greedily hoped to exploit, as in the case with TOOTS.
If Amazon thought I was selling a movie for too low a price, they refused to list my ad on Amazon unless I raised the price to whatever they wanted. Amazon claims they encourage competive pricing for lower costs but from what I saw, they encouraged higher costs to the consumer.
Several times Amazon made me purposely raise my asking price for various used DVDs I wanted to sell, so Amazon could profit by the higher cost to the consumer.
There were times when I had to list DVDs for more money than what I thought they were worth but this was due to the fact Amazon demanded this.
This is something they would not publicly admit but the sellers on Amazon are well aware of this and have no choice but to go along with what Amazon dictates.
Amazon keeps track of movies that are currently being distributed and those which have ceased being distributed for one reason or another.
So when that is the case, Amazon capitalizes on that fact and takes advantage by directing their sellers to price DVDs at dictated amounts Amazon thinks it can get away with. This is how they create a monopoly.
The more a DVD costs on Amazon, the higher the commission fee Amazon will make for themselves because Amazon takes their cut right off the top, as soon as the item is purchased, even before the seller gets his money.
Because Amazon is the middle-man here, they want to make sure they squeeze as many dollars from every deal as possible.
Is it any wonder this DVD about a long dead bar owner costs an arm and a leg on Amazon?
Toots was so little known outside of New York City that it took 30 years before anyone ever got around to making a documentary about him & his bar and even then, the documentary was filmed by a relative of Toots.
If it is an interesting show, then it is because of the characters who hung out at Toot's bar. But even Toots Shor himself would not be fool enough to pay the kind of ransom that Amazon is seeking to siphon from it's customers.
Toots himself would label these prices as pure greed and exploitation, disguised as captialism.
Not even wealthy people would spend this much money for an 84 minute long DVD because they would be the first ones to tell you it is not worth the outrageous sum of money. You get so little in return for the astronomical prices Amazon thinks it can get away with.
When this DVD was first released in 2007, it sold on the Internet and in stores for about $24.00. No retail store in their right mind would ever dare charge the kind of money that Amazon is trying to get for TOOTS.
The DVDs would remain on the store shelves & collect dust, the way they are going to at Amazon because buyers will boycott such prices. And boycotts will result in lower prices eventually.
It now appears that Amazon has cornered the market on all remaining copies of this DVD and because they have steered this monopoly their way, the sellers on Amazon who offer this DVD for sale have no choice but to sell it at a price range, which Amazon demands.
The current price range for this DVD is criminal. They are robbing us without using a gun. They are fleecing us like the tax man does. And yes, unlike other websites like Ebay, we also have to pay state sales tax on every item we buy on Amazon. The good deals on Amazon have all withered away as they pick the last ounce of flesh from our bones.
Where this DVD is concerned, Amazon has managed to create a monopoly. But because a limited number of DVDS of this documentary about Toots Shor were distributed, Amazon realizes that any remaining copies are hard to come by.
So Amazon is trying to capitlize on it as best as they can, which means charging rip off prices for a DVD, which is worth no more than $18.00. But Amazon is demanding that people pay what amounts to a day's wages for many folks. I could buy a week's worth of groceries for the kind of money Amazon is charging for this show.
I can think of many other important things I can buy for between $120.00 to $475.00. This DVD would not be one of them. In the scheme of things, considering the long history of mankind and the countless souls who have come and gone, a video about a bar owner is not worth a monthly car or mortage payment.
If the public would steer clear of these intentionally created inflationary prices, then Amazon, sooner or later, would be forced to drop the rip off prices like dead weight.
The now deceased celebrities who hung out at Toot's bar would not be dumb enough to pay more than $20.00 for this DVD, so why should anyone else pay ten times that amount?
Wake up, Amazon and lower the prices to something that can be considered sane. Or else KEEP IT. Times are hard, things are rough, the economy is horrendous and Amazon thinks they can rip us off. Where are the consumer watch dogs? Perhaps too many politicians own stock in Amazon.
In th spring of 2013, shipping costs for DVDs, books & audio CD's rose by 25% at Amazon. They went from $3.00 per shipped item to $4.00 per item,overnight, a 25% increase.
And yet U.S. Postal rates did not rise by 25% this year but Amazon decided on their own to dictate these increases, even as postal shipping rates on Ebay, Sell.com, KINO & other websites either remained the same as 2012 or rose slightly by 3%, in accordance with the 2013 US Postal rates.
According to the U.S. Postal Service's own website, rates for first class parcels weighing less than 1 pound rose only by 3%. How then does Amazon justify increasing the shipping rates by 25%? Where is the additioanl 22% in higher shipping rates go? Into Amazon's pockets, that's where. I encourage people to compare shipping rates between Amazon and other Internet-based businesses.
Little wonder Amazon's CEO is a multi-billionaire. He got rich with OUR money and now wants to get even richer as he plunges his hands deeper & deeper into our pockets. Think long & hard before you pluck down over a hundred bucks for this DVD. You'd be taking food off the table for yourself.
To add insult to injury, Amazon has the gall to offer $1.50 (one dollar and fifty cents) to anyone who wants to trade a DVD copy of TOOTS for an Amazon gift card, good for $1.50!!! Who is running the asylum at Amazon, the nuts? This isn't the kind of penny pinching legacy Toots Shor left us with, is it? Apparently it is, at Amazon.
Too Bad, Toots, Too Bad!