Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sneaky Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big Companies



Bottled water - most companies claim it comes straight from the mountain or that it's more clean 
than tap water. Both statements are very often incorrect.
1Some of the Sneaky Ways Consumers Are                               Getting Played by Big Companies

About 90% of the extra warranties cost when buying electronics are equal or more than the 
actual cost to repair the item.
2Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

You don't need to change your oil after 3000 miles. You can travel more than twice as long of a 
distance without changing the oil. Of course, why would the mechanic tell you that when they can get paid 
twice, right?
3Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

The price of french fries is 20x as much as it costs the restaurant to prepare them.
4Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

Why do textbooks cost a fortune? Because you need them, so the producer sets the price. 
Their price has little to none to do with how much it costs to print them.
5Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

Researchers discovered that sending and receiving a text message costs the carries 
one third of a cent. So what's up with so many of them charging so high per message sent?
6Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

Cinema popcorn sells at a staggering 1275% mark-up.
7Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

Your chance of winning in a typical lottery is around 1 in 14 million.
8Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

Premium gas won't clean your engine, or make it run better. It won't make a regular car go 
faster nor let it work better. But people prefer to pay for "premium" even though it doesn't 
give them anything more than a feeling of getting something better.
9Some of the Sneaky                               Ways Consumers Are Getting Played by Big                               Companies

There are companies offering you to check your credit for free, then they turn out to be 
trying to sell you something first. Even though you are entitled to check your credit for f
ree once per year, without asking any company to do it for you.

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