While on the planet Baunmaald, two miners are overheard talking about how the oversupply of rubies on Captain Ra's planet caused the snob effect.
About this creation
Isaac: "Hey! Look at this! I found a ruby in my boot."
Captain Ra: "Hehe, funny how you don't notice things when you are mining really hard."
Isaac: "You want it? I have nobody to give it to and I figured your wife might want it."
Captain Ra: "Nah. Thanks anyway.
Isaac: "How come you don't want to give it to you wife? She would probably love it."
Captain Ra: "It's not what you think. I would have done it five years ago in a heartbeat but not now."
Isaac: "What happened? Are you two still doing okay?"
Captain Ra: "Yeah, don't fret about it. Our marraige is fine. About five years ago rubies were very expensive and rare, and since I had a well paying job with MEGAlodus, I could afford the rubies, especially with our discount."
Isaac: "I guess I don't get it."
Captain Ra: "Well something called the Snob Effect happened. You see, MEGAlodus decided to create the subsidiary MEGAlodus GEMs which stands for MEGAlodus Galactic Exquisite Mining. I don't know if they taught you that or not in training...Anyway, the supply of rubies skyrocketed on my planet and so the price went way way down. This meant that the rubies weren't that rare anymore and a lot of people could afford them. The extra supply sort of took away the "status" a ruby symbolized and she doesn't want them anymore because more people have them and having them isn't anything special anymore."
Isaac: "Huh, I didn't even think about a Snob Effect..."
Captain Ra: "Yep. Check your other boot; do you have any emeralds?"
I hope you all find this a little funny. It is kind of an economics thing, but hopefully it's not only funny to me...