Living and working in San Antonio, which has a high immigrant
population and low standard of living, i feel qualified to take
exception to J.Morley’s catalogueing of Shlock Buyers.
To an extent, the generalization is true. But please, let’s not dump
on the wage slaves. Wealthy people can be just as despicable.
My experience has been that when i have gained my coworker’s trust
(for the record i support myself and my jewelery habit on $6.50ph)
they are perfectly willing and excited to have something strong and
beautiful made just for them. The key here, as in all aspects of
jewelery, is trust. I am one of them. i work beside them, take breaks
with them, ride the bus with them. we cover each other’s shifts, and
when the talk comes around to a piece that needs to be made or
purchased, they say, “go see Susannah, she’ll give you a good deal -
see this pin/ring/earring(s) she made for me?” A couple of times this
is how i’ve made rent.
My point is this, when you come across as “The Man,” you will not
necessarily be trusted. and when you expect them to choose the more
expensive, well made piece, you are overlooking the fact that you
just told a member of the lower class to give you more money - when
it is obvious you have more than they to begin with. No matter how
true your statements are, or how good your intentions may be, that
message will more likely be the one they hear.
There are many factors at work in these situations - but when the
walls are broken down, poor people can discern quality just as well
as a more affluent individual.
I could go on and on, but that isn’t necessary here. All i ask is
that those with stores and benches and employees have a little more
consideration for the guy or girl scraping by at the mini mart.