That's just the way business works, they create a demand and then fill it. Everything is marketed in this way. Cars, houses, fast food; you name it, it's marketed with propaganda. Good ole capitalism. It's never been honest.
Yes, it sucks. But that is the world we live in. Is it dumb to pay that much for a tree?
For me yes, but for a rich guy? Who cares how they spend their money?
I was lied to and ripped off the last time I bought a new car. It's a horrible, deceitful industry run by dishonest corporations and the lies of sleazy salespeople and general managers.
I learned my lesson. I'll never buy a new car again, but many others will and the same will happen to them. But even though people know this, they still line up to buy the latest model.
So how is that different from a fig tree?
It's up to us to be honest and kind as individuals. We can't expect others to behave the same.
Caveat emptor~Let the buyer beware.
So thank you JD, for giving us this forum so we don't have to go to the new fig dealer and pay top dollar for the latest convertible, all-wheel-drive, muscle fig which is probably no different than the one we already have sitting in the yard...