@shahnm I never bought any of the overpriced shorts/swimshorts from back then. I looked at the stupid-priced uglier-than-hell cuts, and skipped the whole mess. There were additional reasons for me personally, mostly having to do with trying really hard to stay invisible wherever I went because of my experience of having been The Favorite Target back in school. Anytime I made the mistake of trying to fit in by wearing something that was considered “cool” on anyone else, somebody would go out of their way to humiliate me and ensure that I would regret the choice, sometimes destroying the item in the process, but always making damn sure I couldn’t actually enjoy wearing it.
I don’t understand how my wife’s shorts have 1/4 of the material as my shorts but cost 4x the price. It’s like some inverse logarithmic graph or something. One day I’ll dust off the calculator and see if I can’t find the intercept point somewhere.
Researchers have learned that if product A costs 10% less than product B, men are more likely to buy product A.
Women on the other hand are more likely to buy product B, believing that if it costs more it’s probably a superior product.
Obviously, this is very generalized, not all men or women think the same way…
But businesses have learned that whereas with men, the cheaper they can make a product the more they will sell, with women they actually sell more units if they’re not the cheapest on the market… the cheapest option is viewed with suspicion.
As a result you get things like women’s razors costing more than men’s razors despite being essentially the same thing and women’s shampoo costing more than men’s… Etc.
Non-athletic bottoms make it into the “I’m going to get something nicer so it looks good and lasts a while” category. For shorts, it’s mostly linen or poly/tech fabric for the heat. I buy on sale, so the highest there has probably been around $35.
But I got a mid-range pair of biking shorts and spent $60, so I guess that’s the actual answer.
spent about $45 on some Dickies shorts, when i was under the false impression that the Dept i worked in was allowed to wear shorts… (I’m retail, during the summer months, select areas of the store are allowed to wear shorts…basically if your primary work zone is in the un-air-conditioned back room, or outside[ie: cart boys, and Garden center]… I’m in the Curbside Dept… we shop the orders, and take them to, and load them into the customer’s cars… our staging area is in the backroom… at that point i was mainly the takeout guy. all day in the backroom, and going outside.
but…no… we can’t wear shorts…)