The 25 Biggest Ways You Are Being Ripped Off

Posted by on February 15, 2012

As much as it stinks to admit, even the best of us get taken advantage of from time to time. While in most cases there is not much you can do about it except fume and blame the system, as a consumer the best thing you can do for yourself is stay informed. Shop around, ask questions, and be a sceptic because these are the 25 biggest ways you are being ripped off.


Movie Theatre Popcorn

Although it costs less than ten cents per ounce to produce, popcorn in movie theaters will typically cost you around $5, which ounce for ounce is more than filet mignon! So why do movie theaters mark their concessions up over 1000%? It’s because they rarely make very much off of the tickets. Most of those profits go right back to the studios, leaving popcorn as their primary source of revenue.


Text Messages

It costs a carrier about one-third of a cent to deliver a text message. Users, however, generally pay between 10 to 20 cents per text. That is a markup of over 6,500%!


All You Can Eat Buffets

The average buffet charges somewhere around $12 per meal. And sure, you can eat all you want but the buffet owner knows that most people’s stomachs can’t hold much more than $7 – $8 worth of fast food. But it’s not fast food you say? Wishful thinking we reply.


College Textbooks

Over the past 20 years textbook prices have increased twice as fast as the annual inflation rate with the average student forking over a ridiculous $900 for textbooks they will probably not even use.


Wine Service At Restaurants

Most people, when taking their date to a fancy restaurant, will not order the cheapest wine on the menu for obvious reasons. Restaurant owners are aware of this which is why you will often find the highest markup on the second-cheapest bottle of wine they serve.