What are some items that you know are overpriced?

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I'm thinking of getting into starting an online store and am thinking about items with good margins. Hope to get a few ideas here and hopefully the responses shall help not only me but perhaps you as well.

Came across the following link when researching online. Some items here may seem out of one's reach as an e-retailer, but they've been done before and quite successfully so for some of them:

20 of the World

Looking forward to more high margin product ideas

Thanks in advance!
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  • Profile picture of the author Bukmedia
    Designer clothes in general - not just the jeans listed on that link.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    Apple and Starbucks are the most over priced companies I know of
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  • Profile picture of the author XanBarksdale
    This probably won't help you, but I remember reading about 10 years ago that movie theatre popcorn is the most overpriced item on the planet...even more than diamonds!

    Movie theatres buy 20 pound bags of corn kernels for a few bucks and sell a medium sized popcorn for $7. One 20 pound bag can make A LOT of medium popcorns!
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    • Profile picture of the author Wags
      Originally Posted by XanBarksdale View Post

      This probably won't help you, but I remember reading about 10 years ago that movie theatre popcorn is the most overpriced item on the planet...even more than diamonds!

      Movie theatres buy 20 pound bags of corn kernels for a few bucks and sell a medium sized popcorn for $7. One 20 pound bag can make A LOT of medium popcorns!

      I read that earlier in the year
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    • Profile picture of the author Rags2Richs
      Originally Posted by XanBarksdale View Post

      This probably won't help you, but I remember reading about 10 years ago that movie theatre popcorn is the most overpriced item on the planet...even more than diamonds!

      Movie theatres buy 20 pound bags of corn kernels for a few bucks and sell a medium sized popcorn for $7. One 20 pound bag can make A LOT of medium popcorns!
      I think the most over priced commodity is the tiny bottles of ink for printers
      They've got a captive market.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    Breakfast cereals are also very overpriced. My understanding
    is that the packaging of the most popular brands of cereals are
    more expensive than the contents. The major companies
    simply decide to price high and consumers buy. Hence, why
    I make my own cereal--granola from oatmeal.

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    • Profile picture of the author vicdublin
      I second Bulkmedia, all designer stuff are highly overpriced.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        Designer stuff and Apple are the first things that immediately popped into my head and especially Apple.
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        • Profile picture of the author XanBarksdale
          Originally Posted by cashp0wer View Post

          Designer stuff and Apple are the first things that immediately popped into my head and especially Apple.
          I think Apple stuff is reasonably priced. All of their products are high end and you definitely get what you pay for!
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      • Profile picture of the author TheEliteWarrior
        Originally Posted by vicdublin View Post

        I second Bulkmedia, all designer stuff are highly overpriced.
        True and Zara is making a killing by selling cheaper designer stuff.
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        • Profile picture of the author SteveSRS
          Originally Posted by XanBarksdale View Post

          I think Apple stuff is reasonably priced. All of their products are high end and you definitely get what you pay for!
          Everything that has an Apple logo is over priced.. and you are def not getting what you pay for.. that is just their marketing brilliance..
          .... Making you believe they invented new stuff where they also just copied long time existing products and gave it a good marketing spin and a design update.
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        • Profile picture of the author vicdublin
          Originally Posted by TheEliteWarrior View Post

          True and Zara is making a killing by selling cheaper designer stuff.
          You can say that again TheEliteWarrior, It shows that there is a way to make all designer stuff " a bit" cheaper, but i learnt that going cheaper would not be fit purpose.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheEliteWarrior
      Originally Posted by Raydal View Post

      Breakfast cereals are also very overpriced. My understanding
      is that the packaging of the most popular brands of cereals are
      more expensive than the contents. The major companies
      simply decide to price high and consumers buy. Hence, why
      I make my own cereal--granola from oatmeal.

      -Ray Edwards

      Interesting. Wondering how this can be an online business venture...
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  • Profile picture of the author danej
    Diapers and formula
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  • Profile picture of the author draede
    Nothing is overpriced. It is priced at exactly what people will pay for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author markmatthews
    I believe apparels are overpriced. They seem to be priced according to its branding.

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Canon digital cameras. They sell for $2,000 and more, and sell fast.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Blades
    What are some items that you know are overpriced?

    Ummmm, gas
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  • Profile picture of the author Anurag96
    that's a really good list...
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  • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
    Overpriced and high margins aren't the same thing.

    Pricing is all relative to the target market. Jeans for $500 might be overpriced to a market used to paying $100 for jeans, but is reasonable for someone who normally pays $500+ for every pair.

    Margins are just math (sometimes complex accounting-style math, but for here just basic math), and not subjected to what any person thinks about the selling price.

    The highest margin industries are usually going to be the service industries.

    Here are some products that I know have incredibly high margins:

    Printer Ink, Perfume, Makeup, Bottled Water, Coffee, Tea, Wine (almost all beverages really), and Furniture (more along the lines of custom, not big-box).

    Of course here in this market space are informational products. I sell (not IM/MMO niche) an ebook for $50 and an ebook/video upsell for $90, the margins on those are obviously through the roof.
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    • Profile picture of the author FredJones
      Overpriced where? And how?

      In Internet Marketing, dishonesty often proves to be overpriced.

      In the auction market, the highest bid is always overpriced.

      In life, most professionals are overpriced, especially the mid-level managers in large-scale enterprises.

      In the tangible world, money is overpriced too heavily - we often pay with a lot of our lives for money.

      I can think of a few more overpriced items, but the above should be good to get started.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheEliteWarrior
      Originally Posted by WarrenPeterson View Post


      Printer Ink, Perfume, Makeup, Bottled Water, Coffee, Tea, Wine (almost all beverages really), and Furniture (more along the lines of custom, not big-box).
      I looked into printer ink and the problem for selling that thru e-commerce is it's compatibility to other printers. Quite a hard sell for unbranded printer ink's.
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  • Profile picture of the author ElaineBedfordd
    diesel jeans - I've owned only one pair which tore 2 months after I bought them; I have never had jeans tear before or after that
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  • Profile picture of the author Zabrina
    Water in the desert.

    Also, hearing aids. You're lucky to get away with paying $4,000 for a good pair, and they're supposed to be replaced every five years... bah.
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  • Profile picture of the author ceenote100
    Gas isn't on the list.
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  • Profile picture of the author brianboyer
    Apple iPad 1, Apple iPad 2, Apple iPad Mini, Apple iPad Mini Mini, Apple iPad Mini XL, Apple iPad XL but kind of mini.....and the next 1,000 of them to come out within the next 2 years.
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