25 Biggest Rip-Offs Ever (That You’re Still Paying For!)

Posted by , Updated on February 13, 2024

Getting ripped off stinks. Nobody likes it. But guess what? Unless you’re hiding under a rock, you’ve almost certainly been ripped off. Why? Because people are greedy. Okay, well that’s not the topic of today’s list. Rather than being philosophical, we’re going to take a practical approach and show you what to watch out for. These are the 25 Biggest Rip-Offs Ever (That You’re Still Paying For!)



Convenience Charges

Paymentsatm-Cashless-Ec-cash-Credit-Card-Money-1750490Source: businessinsider.com

Yes, the company has to pay more whenever you used your credit card, but the company also knows that they can jack the fee up because you’re going to pay it anyway.



tv remoteSource: gizmodo.com

Somebody really needs to convince grandma that netflix/youtube/hulu/almost anything at all is better than paying for cable. You don’t get good customer service anyway.



credit cardSource: collegeconfidential.com

Every year millions of students type “fafsa” into google to sign up for financial aid. Unfortunately, many of them end up clicking on fafsa.com instead of fafsa.gov. The .com version is not the official government site! They charge you an extra $80 to fill in your application when you could do it for free on the government website.


"Healthy" Juices

juiceSource: menshealth.com

Just because it says the word “fruit” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. In fact, most of those healthy drinks are nothing more than sugary liquid. You want to be healthy? Drink water. Period.


Food at Theme Parks

rollercoasterSource: cnn.com

Although some theme parks let you bring your own food, for the ones that don’t…you’d better have a back up retirement account.



phoneSource: thetimes.co.uk

Not only do you not need a landline anymore, the telecom companies seem to always be under investigation for less than scrupulous behavior. In short, it’s a rip off that you don’t need in your life.



medicalSource: time.com

This pertains almost exclusively to Americans. And no, it wasn’t the Democrats or the Republicans that made healthcare expensive. It was the insurance companies, the business people, and all the Martin Shkreli’s of the world. They’re making off like bandits without actually doing much.


Ordering Pasta at a Restaurant

pastaSource: businessinsider.com

As they say, you’re not paying for the pasta. You’re paying for the sauce.




With a 400% mark up, you might be better off just putting up with the frustration of assembling IKEA chairs.



hoverboardSource: reddit.com

If it has two wheels, it’s not a hoverboard. Sorry but a real hoverboard would…um…hover?


Sims Expansion Packs

simsSource: eurogamer.net

So they make you pay $40 for some touch ups that they could have easily been included in the original?



aolSource: cnet.com

Apparently there are millions of older people still paying for an AOL subscription because they think they can’t have email/internet without it.



diamondSource: businessinsider.

So you think you’ll be able to sell that $15,000 engagement ring if times get tough? You’ll be lucky to get $500. Most of that $15,000 was marketing, and the rest was you getting ripped off. Reselling jewelry is a bad insurance policy.


Hosting the Olympics

stadiumSource: forbes.com

It is highly possible that it will take your municipality more than three decades to completely pay the cost of hosting the Olympics. That’s a lot of taxes.



epipenSource: time.com

You’re paying about $600 for a few bucks worth of epinephrine. Furthermore, the expiration date on the EpiPen is artificially short so you end up buying more of it. The worst part about this one is that people need this to save their lives.


TI-8x Calculators

calculatorsSource: xkcd.com

How is it that the price of every other electronic gadget keeps dropping but TI calculators still cost $100? These days you can buy a smart phone for cheaper!


Star Naming

starsSource: latimes.com

If you’re looking for a good way to rip people off, just get them to pay you money for naming a star after them. Collect the money and send them the coordinates to a random star. Now laugh as evilly as possible.


Satellite Internet

satelliteSource: businessinsider.com

You pay $100 for a 12 GB cap and your speed will still be slower than dial up.



cigarettesSource: bbc

You’re constantly spending money to inhale hundreds of poisonous chemicals and additives just to make yourself feel normal for a few minutes. How is that anything but a rip off?


Airport Food

airportSource: lonelyplanet.com

Either the airports are charging extortionate prices for rent, or McDonald’s knows that you can’t just leave the international terminal to get some grub..


Beats by Dre

beatsSource: cultofmac.com

By now, everybody knows you’re just wearing them to look cool. In terms of sound, they’re alright.


Enormous Pieces of Velcro


They’re the biggest rip-offs that you pay for…get it? Okay, we’ll stick to our day jobs.


Lottery Tickets

lottoSource: theguardian.com

There is perhaps no better way to waste your money than buying lottery tickets. As some people have noted, it’s just a tax on the less intelligent members of society.



benzoyl peroxideSource: gizmodo.com

It’s about $70 for a month’s worth of the treatment. The only active ingredient, however, is benzoyl peroxide. You can buy it on its own for under less than $15.


Degrees from for-Profit Colleges

bookSource: nytimes.com

You’re paying tens of thousands of dollars for a degree that’s worth less than a (significantly cheaper) community college diploma. Why would you do that?


Looking for more ways to protect yourself from being ripped off? Check out 25 Biggest Rip Offs That You’ve Probably Been Tricked Into Buying.

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