I bought a pair of 10K gold hoop earrings on sale for $29.99 supposedly marked down from $129.00. They had a very nice looking greek key geometric pattern. There were other $129 dollar hoop earrings too marking down just 60% though. So these were an especially "good deal".
Took them to a boutique jeweler afterward who weighed them. They only weighed half a gram, combined. The gold itself was worth about $5 and the estimated retail value was guessed at around 30 dollars. Some "deal".... I immediately returned them for a full refund as they were unworn and same-day purchase.
To conclude-- yes, the earrings were worth the 30 dollars. BUT the sales tactic of pretending they ought to sell for $129 is ridiculous. On principle I returned them and will be careful about falling prey to paying potentially hundreds of dollars for any regularly priced items that may contain just 0.5 grams (or $5 worth) of gold.