Buying a Star
|Date Added: November 01, 2009 01:47:44 PM|
This Valentine’s Day, lots of people will be buying a star for a loved one, thinking only about how incredibly romantic of a gesture it will be. And certainly, who wouldn’t think that buying a star for someone isn’t romantic? It most definitely is. However, there are lots of things that you should know about buying a star before you decide to make the so-called romantic purchase.
First know, that buying a star through any company is simply buying a novelty gift. It is not official. No one in another country will ever look up at the stars and say, “Oh, that one belongs to so and so.” Companies that sell people stars should not be claiming that it is an official purchase. You cannot own a star. In fact, you cannot even officially name a star. The only people who can officially name a star are employees of the International Astronomical Union. And this organization, IAU, lets people know that they are in no way affiliated with any companies that will talk you into buying a star. In fact, all named stars are given numbers as names. That’s not very romantic. But of course, most people don’t know that. What is interesting is that even though some people know that these companies are not legitimate, they will still find themselves buying a star all the same. As odd as that seems, that happens every single day. Perhaps they’ve run out of romantic ideas and are merely desperate.
No matter how official a company seems or how much they guarantee that you are definitely buying a star, it just doesn’t work that way. What exactly do you get for the fee that you pay? Other than a certificate of so-called authenticity and brownie points for being so romantic, there is nothing more. Maybe you’ll get a picture or sketch of where exactly in the sky your claimed star actually is. You have to wonder though, how many others are getting the exact same piece of paper with the exact same twinkling star on it. probably quite a few. In fact, as far as business endeavors go, it is a pretty great way to make money. Talking someone into buying a star can’t be that expensive for the company. Print out a generic certificate on a fancy piece of paper, pay for postage and suddenly, you’ve made a fortune off of unsuspecting individuals. Not a bad business. Of course, you’ll always be getting complaints and questions about how valid your company actually is and skirting around the truth may getting harder as
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