Fee to Spree

VeraIn high school, my best friend and I would frequently go to Macy's (AKA the Rolls Royce of department stores in my home town) to try on fancy dresses.  And by fancy dresses, I of course mean the likes of Jessica McClintock and her cronies.  (I was just as surprised as you to discover J McC is still in business!)  The more tiers and crinoline in the skirt, the better.  Luckily for the staff, Macy's didn't have sales folk who would fetch you different sizes and styles for if they did, a life-time ban surely would have been imposed on us. And luckily for us, we could carry on for hours without ever purchasing a single thing.  (Note:  Had I the money to buy anything from Macy's in those days I probably would've torn out the tag and sewed it on the outside of whatever I bought.  Which, incidentally I did once in the 8th grade when I was given a hand-me-down ESPRIT sweater from my cousin.  Those were lean times, my friends.)  In any case, such dressing room shenanigans will never again happen in Vera Wang stores in China, for she is now charging a 3,000 yuan (approx $482) try-on fee for her bridal gowns.  If a dress is purchased, the fee is absorbed but if not, it is forfeited.  Presumably this is to protect her designs from being photographed and copied.  Considering this, it's hard to imagine $482 is a large enough sum to deter even a single dress from being remade (saving the buyer thousands) let alone having multitudes of dresses made for sale (making the seller hundreds of thousands).  Yes, this insight from the girl who once sewed tags on the outside of sweaters but, gentle reader, I ask you to forgive and forget.  Can you not see my point?  Sound off.