Many people like to stick to a certain commercial brand, reasoning that it’s unique from the others. Little do people who don’t work from behind-the-scene know that most companies are just repackaging the same thing with different names and marketing schemes. Because that’s 80% of what these big companies are about.
On Reddit, people who’ve seen how things really look behind the aisle and display box reveal secrets consumers never knew. Here are 16 industry secrets that will absolutely change your perspective in purchasing services and products.
“I design slot machines for casinos… don’t play slots.” – psychfan5
“At Goodwill, we don’t clean anything that we sell, and we get some really gross stuff that touches everything else so next time you buy something from Goodwill, wash it well. 50% of what you donate ends up in the trash because we don’t have the space for it or we just deem it too ugly.” – HellfireOrpheusTodd, 89Oldsmobile
The secondhand industry is a booming market, especially since the pandemic hit. Forbes reported, “Even as the retail industry has slumped, dragged down by disappointing earnings and an unending trade war, resale is exploding.”
More buyers are focusing on their family balance sheet and tightening their budget. If you are one of those people who enjoy thrifting, definitely hear this person’s advice to clean your stuff!
“If you’re someone who purchases bulk nuts, grains, etc. Just know that those bins are probably rarely cleaned, and even when they are “cleaned,” odds are they were just rinsed out/wiped down to look clean.
I used to be a bulk buyer at Whole Foods Market and when I took over our bulk department had no cleaning logs or sanitizing procedure. The bins had moths/insect colonies and mold in them. Our store was opened nearly 5 years prior.” – Srubbadubdoug
“They lie to their customers about saving their credit card information because we aren’t supposed to. We also save their social, addresses and 5 of their most recent phone numbers and bank account numbers. The life of a student loan servicer.” – Nopefeelins
“Former Bath & Body Works associate here. The scents they “discontinue” will come back with a different name and new marketing. They’re just recycling the scents.” – xyenz08
“Used to screen resumes for small companies. Job “requirements” are more of a wish-list situation. Never let some unchecked boxes deter you from applying – you have no idea what the applicant pool is like. The biggest boon, especially at small companies, is someone who legitimately cares.” – TwoPesetas
“Construction boy here. If your windows or sliding doors are tough to open and close. 9 times out of 10, we put your own dish soap on tracks and the thing works perfectly. It takes 5 minutes and we charge 150. Dish soap people, it’s better than WD-40 sometimes.” – lyckadese
“I used to work in jewelry. Most of the prettiest gemstones are also very affordable. Tanzanite is a beautiful purple and looks nicer than amethyst. Topaz comes in lots of colors, including a pretty blue color which can be as nice as aquamarine. Opals aren’t as brightly rainbow hued as they look in pictures.” – rubicks56
The jewelry industry is one built upon abstract values that are always subjective. For example, diamonds, which are rocks made of pure carbon, can sell for up to $24,000 for a 1.5 carat. But why is it so expensive when most untrained eyes can’t even differentiate diamonds from white sapphire, moissanite, or even zircon?
The jewelry industry markets diamonds as a symbol of love and purity. This notion, however, was manmade by the businessmen who monopolized the first huge diamond mine in South Africa to keep the price of diamonds afloat. Sorry to burst your bubble.
“I’m a dentist. Here’s the lowdown on toothpaste. As long as it has fluoride, they are all basically the same. When I was in dental school, the Colgate lady came by and said that everything that says Colgate Total on it is all exactly the same, the only difference is the packaging. So whether it says whitening, or gum protection, or whatever else, it is all exactly the same.
The exception is sensitivity toothpaste typically does have an extra active ingredient. KNO3, which helps with sensitivity. Don’t ever feel obligated to buy expensive toothpaste because you think it will be better for your teeth; just buy whatever you like best.” – therock21
“Change your dirty furnace filters and clean your AC coils outside.. these make up an easy 30% of my calls for no heat/cooling.
You have two coils, inside and outside. Your furnace filter keeps the inside one clean so make sure that filter is clean! Outside coil: kill power to the unit, remove the coil guard and top (usually 5/16 or 1/4 nut driver and like 20 screws). Don’t use high-pressure water; simply on a shower setting and hold it a few inches away from the coil. Do from both ways. Button that beauty up and wait for it to dry before turning power back on. Your head pressures are gonna love you.” – Grundym
“I’m an attorney. The secret is shut the f**k up.” – –IIII——–IIII–
“There is way more butter than you think in almost every dish you eat at fancy restaurants, and that is usually the reason you won’t see the amount of calories in each dish.
Source: 5 years as a chef in Italian cuisine head chef, 8 years in an Italian kitchen.” – BackslashR
“RV technician here. Sh** is designed to start breaking after around 44 uses. Most RV owners use their trailers on weekends. But not every weekend. So that 44 uses on average stretches between two and three years.” – Kandraa
“The cheapest bottle of wine in the restaurant has the biggest markup.” – ralimar
What about the most expensive wine? Domaine de la Romanee-Conti by Burgundy from 1945 set a new world record when it sold in an auction in October 2018 for $558,000. And the oldest (possibly!) drinkable wine is the Speyer wine bottle found inside a Roman soldier’s tomb and is about 1,693 years old.
“Former aircraft fueler. Don’t check your pets in kennels. Especially in summer or winter. They are submitted to some very harsh environments, left on belt loaders in the sweltering heat right next to a running APU that’s loud enough to deafen human ears, let alone a dog’s. It’s terrible. I always feel so sorry for them.
American Airlines will destroy your luggage. They get overloaded on carts, fall off on the way to the plane, and are left there to get run over by tankers and yes, fuelers, and rained on, then dragged to the edge of the ramp to sit all night while you arrive at your destination and wonder where the hell your bags are.
If your departure is delayed, 90% of the time it’s us (the fueler). Look out the window to the right side if it’s a small plane, left side if it’s a really big plane. If there’s a truck sitting under the wing, we’re the reason you’re late. Sorry.” – KingBadford