Thanks David for the long explanation. I don’t agree with much of it. I don’t mind, in fact kinda like, promoting the products I buy. For example. Olympus camera. I’m proud I own one. And willing support them by displaying stickers or wearing a hat with a logo on it. Why? I want Olympus succeed and stay in business. Same for many of the local made, high quality products I buy. I want them to succeed.
From an economics standpoint, the price of a product or service has much more to do with how much the consumer is willing to pay for it than the costs associated with making and marketing a product. A company is not going to buy advertising if it does not result in more sales AND profits. To do otherwise would be silly. In your logic, then, the advertising is actually HELPING to keep the cost down. (Costs spread out over more units sold.)