7 things that cost way too much
The markups are unbelievable, but at times you may have little choice. Planning ahead can help you cut costs.
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Cut those two by 35% and our defecit will go away..........
BETTER YET, when unemployment goes over 9%, NOBODY IN WASHINGTON GETS PAID..........
I'm wondering if the author of this article, Matt Brownell, consulted with his wife, Ann Romney to come up with this drivel. Really, HDMI cables and ear buds? Mini toiletries and theater popcorn?
How about real life overcharges like a loaf of bread, which hasn't come down in price even though the price of wheat fell from an all time high in 2008 to half that now. How about bottled water, most of it just filtered tap water. How about beef? Even the largest club store chain charges $3.49 lb. for 80% lean ground beef which is 100% meat trim and fat. Other markets charge about the same for lean ground beef and that mystery meat in chub packs (loaded with pink slime) comes from Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Brazil. And what about the price of internet service? My price has quintupled over the years with the same 1998 connection lines, the same slow upload time even though I am paying more for so-called turbo speed. I had faster speed with the old AOL connection and paying $12 month. And, how about newspapers. My price has more than doubled in the past 5 years even though the size of my paper has shrunk 50% and what is in print is about 40% ads. And they now leave a space on the bi-monthly billing for a tip for the delivery person and I have the price of their gas added to my bill also?
So Matt, how about an article about overcharges on things Americans really need or are really affecting American pocketbooks? We're not all 1%'ers who can relate to your high brow tastes.
Razor blades at $3.00 each is unbelievable, yet we continue to buy them.
"The typical DVD costs $30 when it first comes out, and it's $40 for the Blu-Ray"
Where the heck are you getting these numbers from? Do you get out of the house much?
Wal-Mart, Target, BestBuy, etc. sell "typical" new release DVDs for $16-$18. Blu-Ray for $19-$23. Not to mention they have tons of other Blu-Ray titles starting around $9.
Stop cherry-picking the highest prices you can find and quoting them as "typical" just to hype your story!
Cable TV Service. You missed that one. I don't know the pricing of all cable and cable high speed internet services, but the one that I must use (I live in a rural area and have NO choice, it's this provider or none), has trippled in cost over the last 5 years. Add that to the fact that their "standard high speed" internet service is not much faster than dial up. If you want true high speed internet you must buy a "premium" service.
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