(Closed) Rant: I hate when wedding vendors list their prices as “investments”

posted 7 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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4887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Generally speaking, I invest in something that could essentially give me a financial return at some point.  

Pictures do not do that.

 

I agree with you 🙂

Post # 4
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4161 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

haha!! I may just be slow, but when I was first doing my photographer research and looking for the prices, I could NOT find them.  I finally clicked on “Investments” and low and behold, there it was…I guess I should have known that “Investments” mean pricing. duh.

Post # 5
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5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I agree. Just say prices. Let’s call a spade a spade. 

Post # 6
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3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

ITA with PPs

…but I do want to invest my money in the right photographer to make my ‘investment’ worth my wild even in 15 – 20 years.

Post # 7
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2065 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ugh one of my bigger wedding-related pet peeves. Like ryansgirl, at first I didn’t realize that investment = pricing and felt really dumb. Then I just got annoyed.

Post # 8
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2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m with you. I understand the rationale, but it also sounded a little pretentious to me. If I wanted to invest in your business, I would…I just want to pay money in exchange for goods and services. In my mind, that is not an investment. My photos are not a “return”–they’re what I am paying for!

@Ryansgirl:  It also took me awhile to figure out what it meant!

Post # 9
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1642 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@jackndiane: THANK YOU. UGH. Generally when I see the word “investment” I move right along. And typically “investment” vendors are more pricy than the “pricing” ones. Just my personal experience.

 

Post # 10
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4371 posts
Honey bee

OP, totally agree with you!! It’s neither clever nor cute.

Post # 11
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5295 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

When I saw that on a website I instantly thought ‘expensive’.

Post # 12
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10287 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our photographers pricing was listed as “Investment” on his site. To be honest, it didn’t even phase me until this thread. We still booked him and he did a great job. 

Post # 13
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I don’t mind the phrase “Investment.” I understand the logic behind the choice.

However, I agree that when I saw “Investment” on a website, I read “expensive.”

Post # 14
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2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I mean, photos are kind of an investment if you think of it from the standpoint that you get what you pay for and you want to make sure you invest in a good wedding photographer. When photographers say investment they obviously don’t mean you are going to put money in and potentially make money…but your photos are really the only tangible you keep after the wedding so it makes sense to, well “invest” in them if you will. Cool

Post # 15
Hostess
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

@kate169:  I agree! Wedding photos are a big enough deal and have enough sentimental “value” in the future, that I could consider the price an “investment.” I get it. But I also get why it bugs people. 🙂

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