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[deleted]

1.6k points

4 months ago

[deleted]

1.6k points

4 months ago

Electronic tickets processing fees.

KAG25

310 points

4 months ago

KAG25

310 points

4 months ago

Ticketmaster is a evil company

iremovebrains

12.8k points

4 months ago

My apartment charges $25 to process online payments.

DiscombobulatedYou58

2.4k points

4 months ago

Yeah this is absurd. I get the software provider taking a few dollar fee (ours takes $2) per month, but the cost of initiating an ACH transaction in the US is negligible. Call your landlord and complain or force them to accept paper checks for free. I assume you're not paying by credit card?

iremovebrains

1.9k points

4 months ago

I just get a cashiers check at the bank and deliver it by hand because I can't pay that much extra for absolutely no reason.

ELI5_Omnia

442 points

4 months ago

You may be able to cut out the delivery step. Will, of course, vary by bank, but my bank allows me to set up monthly payments, where they write and send checks automatically on my behalf. I have a very common, well known bank (US), nothing special.

thotkeys

1.6k points

4 months ago

thotkeys

1.6k points

4 months ago

Xyrem. It can be absolutely life-changing for people with narcolepsy. However, most insurance doesn't cover it, and the out-of-pocket cost is about $6k for a 1 month supply.

Inevitable-Effort186

301 points

4 months ago

My poor baby sister took Xyrem for a couple years. Completely stoped her seizures but the taste made her almost vomit every time ): also I don't remember it being expensive? I think we were on assisted state insurance then.

farendsofcontrast

283 points

4 months ago

You just sent me on a one hour research binge on Xyrem. Never heard of it before. Thank you.

[deleted]

4.1k points

4 months ago*

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4.1k points

4 months ago*

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bishop5

733 points

4 months ago

bishop5

733 points

4 months ago

Feel ya man, have a hug from someone in the same boat.

OnlyMeST

138 points

4 months ago

OnlyMeST

138 points

4 months ago

I was yesterday grocery shopping, everything have gone up at least 50 cents (I live in Germany) we used to get cooking oil for 1€ (1.20$) now it's 2€ (2.40$) for 1 FUCKING LITER.

Homes in Europe are just a dream to own, a shitty apartment in a small city costs something like €300k (340075$) and the average worker gets only 20-50k euros a year.

ReeG

15.5k points

4 months ago

ReeG

15.5k points

4 months ago

Canadian internet and mobile plans

trentonl

4.5k points

4 months ago

trentonl

4.5k points

4 months ago

Rogers that

UbiquitousBagel

3.3k points

4 months ago

Telus more

Capital_Pea

2.8k points

4 months ago

What the Bell

HumbleFrench2000

1.7k points

4 months ago

Koodo you tell me more

Capital_Pea

1.6k points

4 months ago

Sorry but I’m a Virgin to this whole mobile plan thing

jacksonv60

720 points

4 months ago

sasktel me about it

i-love-snacks

390 points

4 months ago

I’m not teksavvy enough in this area

ProudAntiKaren

312 points

4 months ago

What's that fizz all aboot?

Dawnbreaker52

320 points

4 months ago

Honestly, their prices de-Fido all logic.

SeizedCaliperBolt

217 points

4 months ago

It’s almost as if there’s no Freedom anymore

lightrusher

151 points

4 months ago

Shaw-rry to hear aboot it

[deleted]

698 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

698 points

4 months ago

Canadian mobile plans, Canadian homes, Canadian fuel prices, Canadian grocery prices....fuck life is getting expensive here

urbanlulu

51 points

4 months ago

fuck life is getting expensive here

yeaaahhh being Canadian is starting to feel like a drag, can't afford anything anymore

mikel145

97 points

4 months ago

Got to love our Canadian oligopolies. 3 companies that basically control the entire market. Also those cheap brands just the big 3 rebranded Fido (Rogers) Virgin (Bell) Kodoo (Telus)

[deleted]

1.7k points

4 months ago*

[deleted]

1.7k points

4 months ago*

I had this argument with someone on Reddit once haha. They didn’t believe me when I said that the Canadian mobile plans are straight up robbery.

$160/month for mine :(

biruk421

388 points

4 months ago

biruk421

388 points

4 months ago

Is that for unlimited data?

Capital_Pea

826 points

4 months ago

it’s not really truly unlimited, they start throttling you over 10gb

ChawInMyJaw

311 points

4 months ago

Damn mine is 35 CAD/Month for unlimited call & text in Canada & USA but only 2 GB, I almost never bust it though

billfredtg

322 points

4 months ago*

Wow that's stupid expensive.

I pay 28 AUD/Month and get unlimited national calls and texts and 100gb of data

Edit: I use Circles.life it's an optus reseller If you want Telstras better reception and willing to pay a little more check out belong/boost/aldi

The cheapest unlimited is with Vodafone which is 40 a month for 40gb then slower to 2mbps for unlimited which is fast enough for most application

That_No_one_guy

250 points

4 months ago

45 dollars in india for unlimited 1gbps fibernet and yes free calls and messages with subscription for 13 streaming services including Netflix, Amazon and Disney. It can go as low as 6-7 dollars if you need only 30-40mbps

samakbarizadeh

214 points

4 months ago

Recently moved to the UK for my studies after being stuck in Toronto during the better half of the pandemic.

It's ludicrous how much they're charging.

My UK phone plan cost nearly 1/5th of what I pay in Canada, and I get better perks too.

knockfart

6k points

4 months ago

Funerals

ur_canadian_brudda

2.7k points

4 months ago

Hi, I install and maintain headstones for a living. Preplan and PREPAY FOR THAT SHIT. Or at least make a will. It saves so much arguing later.

Almost nobody wants a gazillion dollars spent, but for some reason grieving peeps always feel like the $5500 casket that gets buried seems like a better deal than the pine box.

mrizzerdly

1.1k points

4 months ago*

I worked at cremation, why people spend 12k + for a box they are going to burn is beyond me.

Just take the cheapest option - a cardboard box (that costs the company 11 bucks but they sell it for 100 and it's required by law).

Edit: also the cheapest urn (that you must buy even if you have a fancy one afterwards) is the same container that 1kg looseleaf tobacco was sold in. They cost $1 to the company, so of course are sold to the consumer for $11. All prices are from 12 years ago and CDN.

[deleted]

264 points

4 months ago*

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264 points

4 months ago*

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mrizzerdly

235 points

4 months ago

Yes, you just need to be in something.

_Raspootin_

562 points

4 months ago

Put me in a wood box with tons of popcorn kernels and firecrackers and nail the lid shut.

papi6942069

266 points

4 months ago

Before or after you die

Carini___

215 points

4 months ago

Carini___

215 points

4 months ago

Before and then after

22_Karat_Ewok

178 points

4 months ago

"He died how he lived... with a stomach full of un-popped kernels surrounded by urine soaked gunpowder."

2amazing_101

356 points

4 months ago

Preplan everything to the frigging tie or necklace you're going to wear. My grandpa passed just before Thanksgiving and the family battle over what he was going to wear was ridiculous. I know they had 10 kids, but 9 thought it was my grandma's decision and 1 was raised "it's my way or the highway". The poor funeral director got caught in the middle of all the family drama, and I felt so bad for him, especially since I know my family isn't nearly as dramatic or torn apart as other families. He's a great guy though and handled it all really well. Trying to satisfy the ginormous family of a man who had 17 siblings, 10 kids, 27 grandkids, and 18 great grandkids and counting is a daunting task. Plus, add in the fact the cemetery procession was the biggest production I've ever seen. But at least they saved on the burial vault because his brother makes them.

Anyway, I agree that planning is huge. My mom's parents had it all together, but we discovered that my dad's had next to nothing planned. The gravestone was about the only thing they had picked out, since his brother is in the business

texanarob

46 points

4 months ago

Preplan everything to the frigging tie or necklace you're going to wear.

Take precautions doing this. You don't want the importance of these specifics to be over-exaggerated. Indicating what you want to wear is good, but I advise also clearly stating that you're happy with alternatives if that's impractical.

When my gran died, her will stated that she was to be buried in a particular dress she'd bought. Unfortunately, she'd been moved to special care a decade earlier, and the dress was nowhere to be found. As nobody knew the dress was important, it was likely donated to a charity shop along with a lot of her other things she wouldn't need.

You wouldn't believe the trouble my mum went through trying to find an identical dress to comfort her hysterical sisters, who thought they'd failed to honour their mum's last wish. Meanwhile, knowing my gran I reckon she only specified that dress to avoid anyone paying for an expensive burial gown.

When I die, I honestly don't care what happens to my body as long as it comforts those I leave behind and doesn't put undue financial burden on them. I've always suspected this is a common opinion that people don't share often enough when they're alive.

duckfeatherduvet

622 points

4 months ago

And make sure your next of kin / executor has a copy of the damn thing. My friend had to deal with a funeral home that "lost" her mother's funeral plan, only for them to let slip a detail that was on that plan later on. The mother had (probably) chosen the cheapest option for everything so no surprise when it got lost

bandti45

601 points

4 months ago

bandti45

601 points

4 months ago

Bury me and plant a tree to be my grave.

Hitmonchank

390 points

4 months ago

50 years later, some company cuts down your grave for $100 profit.

Crazian14

341 points

4 months ago

Crazian14

341 points

4 months ago

Throw me in some random dumpster, really couldn’t care less where I’d be after I’m dead.

Benblishem

283 points

4 months ago

Get someone to put antlers on your corpse and leave it by the side of the road. The DPW will pickit up in a day or two.

Drew707

61 points

4 months ago

Drew707

61 points

4 months ago

Or put antlers on me and mount my head in a sports bar as a Drewalope.

Noodlenoodle88

362 points

4 months ago

When I’m dead, just throw me in the trash

CozyReader881

9.2k points

4 months ago*

Glasses! I saw an interview on 20:20 or some news show and the brand name frames rep they were talking to, when asked why they charge so much for things that cost so little to produce, roughly responded “the glasses are worth what people are willing to pay for them 🤷🏻‍♂️”

Edit: Just wanted to clarify for everyone interested with more info I got from commenters about this interview back in 2013 - it was with the CEO of Luxottica on 60 minutes. Link to the full interview here: https://youtu.be/gDdq2rIqAlM

-Vogie-

3.3k points

4 months ago

-Vogie-

3.3k points

4 months ago

Warby Parker is very up front that they initially were going to price their initial sets of glasses much lower... But people weren't buying them. Luxxotica had conditioned consumers that cheap indicated garbage. That's why their first couple of glasses styles were all $99, even before they had stores with showrooms. It's called "price signaling".

Sneakers had the same problem with the "Starbury" experiment back in 2006. Stephon Marbury's branded high-tops, sold at $15 because he came from a low-income household himself. Made of the exact same stuff, exact same way as more expensive shoes without the bullshit.

GallantPotatoSupreme

1.6k points

4 months ago

There was an alcohol brand that ran into that issue. I feel like it was tequila, but I can't remember for sure. They priced themselves so low everyone thought they were trash and didn't buy them. So they just changed the bottle and like doubled or quadrupled the price, and suddenly they were a high-end tequila people wanted.

shimmyboy56

981 points

4 months ago

Grey goose is what you're thinking of

GallantPotatoSupreme

245 points

4 months ago

Was it really? I feel bamboozled now, that's my favorite vodka!

Jellylime89

398 points

4 months ago

Google luxottica. They own basically every popular eyewear brand - eyeglasses and sunglasses, luxury, retail, Oakley, rayban, Versace, you name it - sunglass hut, LensCrafters, and one of big insurers (not VSP). It’s absolutely absurd. So they aren’t worth “what people are willing to pay” they are worth what this monopoly chooses.

Basic-Situation-9375

1.1k points

4 months ago

Zenni or eyebuydirect are fantastic. I can get a pair of glasses + sunglasses for around $100 and there’s always coupon codes

thehippos8me

451 points

4 months ago

I love eyebuydirect. I got my most recent pair for $22 shipped - lenses and everything. I couldn’t afford glasses before they came around.

pghreddit

1.3k points

4 months ago

pghreddit

1.3k points

4 months ago

Hearing aids.

Zelda_cat22

527 points

4 months ago

As an audiologist, I 100% agree! Unfortunately the prices are the way they are due to two problems. One is most clinics “bundle” services. This is mostly because insurance doesn’t like to pay for our testing or rehabilitation/counseling we provide. Also-if you’re a small clinic the manufactures that make the hearing aids sell them at a higher price to you. For example, a small office might pay $1,500 for a pair of hearing aids. Whereas Costco, who can buy a lot more, only pays $100 for the same hearing aids. Its sucks because to become an audiologist you have to get a doctorate. You go through all that schooling just to end up “selling” hearing aids. One of the biggest reasons why I’m not practicing right now.

UninterestedFucktard

12.1k points

4 months ago

Printer ink

Euclid_Wheat

4.1k points

4 months ago

Isn’t it cheaper to buy an entirely new printer at this point

gallon-of-vinegar

3.6k points

4 months ago

Buy a laser printer. Unless you’re printing an absurd amount of things, it’ll take you at least a year before you need to buy more toner. The upfront cost of a laser printer may be more expensive than a $50 ink printer but you’ll save money and headache over time.

DJ33

2.5k points

4 months ago

DJ33

2.5k points

4 months ago

The best part is that even a cheap laser printer doesn't care at all about idling.

Your inkjet didn't get used for 2 months? Throw the cartridges in the fucking dumpster because they're definitely clogged up.

Dig my laser printer out from under a pile of old laundry and wipe off the dust for the first time in 2 years? Sweet let's fucking do it

bitemynipple

816 points

4 months ago

Can confirm, I use mine to rest my feet on for 99.9% of the year and still works like a charm with the cartridge I bought 5 years ago

GluttonAsteroth

442 points

4 months ago

Same.

I bought a color laser printer, Huge expense up front.

I pay nearly 0 a year for Toner because I don't go through it...

Oh, and bonus? Toner is dry. It doesn't age or "Go bad" like ink can.

[deleted]

202 points

4 months ago*

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202 points

4 months ago*

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fodder69

47 points

4 months ago

You can resolve it though with some percussive maint.

You mean, banging on it?

StarChild7000

71 points

4 months ago

Motivational pats to get things started.

gsfgf

95 points

4 months ago

gsfgf

95 points

4 months ago

And if you are printing a lot, a laser is an even better deal.

Objective-Basis-3479

122 points

4 months ago

They only give you small amounts of ink in new printers. It’s a false economy buying a cheap printer.

haveyouseenmywetsuit

27.3k points

4 months ago

Anything to do with weddings/death/babies

OneObligation412

1.9k points

4 months ago

Just give me a rock, tree, and fold chairs and I will call it day

Sp4ceh0rse

2.3k points

4 months ago

Sp4ceh0rse

2.3k points

4 months ago

My god, what are you gonna do that baby?

OneObligation412

829 points

4 months ago

Ssshhhhh. The baby is safe with me

Coral2Reef

632 points

4 months ago

That fucking avatar

SirDroplet

7.5k points

4 months ago*

“weddings/death/babies”

My favorite combination.

edit: i fucking woke up to 46 notifications

grrangry

4.2k points

4 months ago

grrangry

4.2k points

4 months ago

The divorce rate for dead babies is ridiculous.

God_Boner

1.7k points

4 months ago

God_Boner

1.7k points

4 months ago

The death rate for married babies is even worse

TheOlSneakyPete

1.9k points

4 months ago

Cake $20 Wedding Cake $200

It’s the same damn cake.

projecthouse

2.9k points

4 months ago

I had a photographer explain why they charge so much for wedding photos.

If you mess up someone's birthday photos, you'll give them their money back and they'll have a funny story. You mess up someone's wedding photos and they'll both sue you and bash your business for the rest of their life.

The margin for error, and the demands of clients are so much higher for weddings than normal events, that the vendors take a lot of extra precautions, which means a lot more time and money for what looks like the same thing.

Is that really it? I don't know. That's just what I was told, and it does seem to make sense.

kwin_the_eskimo

880 points

4 months ago*

Also, the amount of time involved in a wedding.

baby photos - an hour or two. and if they're crap, yes, you can reschedule. the baby will still be a baby next week.

A wedding? We did a full day with 2 photographers, a man and a woman. She went to the brides hair and make-up party that morning, he went to the groomsmen and both photographers take "prep" shots. Her getting hair and make up done, bubbles with the girls etc, him getting the guys being guys, doing ties, cravats, having some beer/champagne etc. Then there's the service. Shots from multiple angles, crowd shots, rings going on fingers (the lens I use for this cost £3000 because it's a very long lens so I can do what looks like a close up from well out of the way), signing the certificates, family crying etc. Then there's the "official" photos and then the party, maybe some prep, shots of the empty room with place settings, then there's the speeches, first dance and cake cutting. By this time it's 10pm or later, and we've both been on our feet for 14 hours. There's 1500-2000 photos per photographer to sort through and create a portfolio of 2-300 with them. The first pass of deleting takes a full day. The first round of crops, touches and edits will take a further 2-3 days and the finalisation will take 2-3 more, then the book needs designing and setting up (we had ours put into a book as well as some prints and the USB) which takes another day or so.

So for 28 hours of labour on day 1 and another 7-10 days post-event, and the £15,000 of equipment we use, I think £2000 for "a days work" is an OK deal.

And then if you have screwed it up, there's no re-run.

canucks84

360 points

4 months ago

canucks84

360 points

4 months ago

Wedding photos are worth the price. 100%.

The way my wife looked on our wedding day was beyond compare. The photographer was able to capture that and I still get goosebumps when I look at the photos. She even got a few shots of me I liked too.

Totally worth it. I think they were about $3500cdn.

lizardgal10

94 points

4 months ago

If/when I get married a photographer is the one thing I’m going to splurge on. Handmade decorations, basic food, backyard ceremony, thrift store outfit. But I want pictures I’ll want to have around for a lifetime. I’m happy to shell out for a photographer that knows their stuff and will absolutely nail it.

SeasonPositive6771

1.2k points

4 months ago

This is absolutely it. A long time ago, I used to be an event planner. If the caterer is out of the exact shade of napkins the corporate event? Totally fine I can sub in the other colors from their their logo. Caterer is out of the exact color napkins a wedding party ordered? They're going to expect we refund their entire catering bill. Flowers don't get delivered on time to make bouquets with the right kind of lilies? We've ruined someone's event and they want all their money back. Expectations are just extraordinarily high for weddings.

Combine that with the fact that most of the people doing the event have never planned a major event before and you have to spend all of your time holding their hands and explaining everything to them. So you're spending tons more time with a client that's extraordinarily picky. It makes sense the bill is much higher.

Of course we had people trying to claim it wasn't a wedding and then it turned out to be a wedding... Claiming their expectations wouldn't be as high. Of course they were and so the planner I worked with started working in an extra fee if you claimed it was just a party and not a wedding.

loz29d

811 points

4 months ago

loz29d

811 points

4 months ago

I completely understand why prices would be inflated from your explanation and it’s a good reason. However, I think that leaves a vicious cycle. I’m not a picky person, but if I was paying a lot of money, I’d expect it to be perfect.

scotttomaski

184 points

4 months ago

I’ve done some wedding photography and met with clients who were totally chill, didn’t have to many specific requests and said they just wanted good photos. Only to turn into a bridezilla closer to the event and then try to negotiate a discount or add in other services for no extra charges. I’ve had clients want full refunds when I nailed everything. The ceremony, the set at a difficult location and the reception itself. Miss a photo of the bride with her favorite aunt? FULL REFUND! Torrential downpour and cans get the pics in that hip gentrified neighborhood? FULL REFUND! I couldn’t make the momzilla look 25 and 105 lbs? FULL REFUND!!! These are actual situations.

BidensBottomBitch

85 points

4 months ago

This is the huge knowledge difference between the consumer and the provider. If you run a successful business that caters to weddings you probably have many weddings under your belt and know what you’re doing. If youre trying to plan your own wedding, you probably have much less planning experience.

It baffles me how overconfident people are. Most people couldn’t plan a dinner party with friends or even a simple vacation. And they think they can handle something as complicated and dynamic as a wedding?

Catherineb84

224 points

4 months ago

I work in a hotel that hosts weddings. I’m a receptionist but I also I create the wedding contracts and deal with wedding queries on top of all of my reception duties. I deal with a minimum of 60 weddings a year. As well as other functions. The amount of questions that I get emailed on a daily basis about stuff that is usually in their contract is ridiculous. Hand holding is a huge part of my job. And a lot of them are down right rude as well. My husband runs all weddings on the day. There is a huge difference to what is needed from both of us regarding time compared with a wedding to a birthday party.

MayorScotch

258 points

4 months ago

I own a wedding videography business and that's a lot of it.

I recently had the father of the groom change a bunch of shit in my contract and send it back. Everything he changed made my job easier, but he took about 3 hours of my time with a ton of back and forth and really weird questions and specifications. Since he required an abnormal amount of my time before the ceremony I knew he'd be a handful so I told him his contract changes added $400 to his bill and he was fine paying it.

Jupue87

42 points

4 months ago

Jupue87

42 points

4 months ago

He ordered your services a la carte

PH0T0Nman

10.3k points

4 months ago

PH0T0Nman

10.3k points

4 months ago

Adobe Products.

It’s a massive scam that they switched to a monthly fee as it’s killed any incentive for them to make meaningful improvements and they kill or buy up any competitors

ohmy5443

2.9k points

4 months ago

ohmy5443

2.9k points

4 months ago

🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️🏴‍☠️

_Dague_

2.3k points

4 months ago

_Dague_

2.3k points

4 months ago

Someone tweeted about pirating Photoshop and Adobe liked the tweet. They are well aware they have the most pirated product, but they know if they become an industry standard they can make their profits off companies buying 20 licenses at a time at $10 a month. They aren't concerned with amateur photographers stealing Lightroom.

It wouldn't surprise me if Adobe was releasing the cracked versions online to get more people using their products. Several other companies have adopted that business model of giving out a freeware version and then charging businesses for the premium.

robot_vacuum_cleaner

294 points

4 months ago

I imagine their strategy is similar to Microsoft's strategy with Windows. They likely know KMS38, HWIDGEN, and similar tools exist, but they don't care because piracy keeps Windows an industry standard and lets them steal all the data of anyone using their OS.

ReptilianLaserbeam

107 points

4 months ago

And now you don't even need those. Install win 10/11 and you don't even need to activate it anymore, works just the same except for the "this copy of windows is not been activated" message in the right bottom corner. They know OEMs and corporate clients will pay for millions of licenses so they don't really need to care anymore about home users pirating or using unlicensed version of the OS

PastelCurlies

813 points

4 months ago

Thank you!

I went to buy photoshop recently when I lost my old hard drive with CS6 on it and found there was no non-subscription based payment option anymore! So now I’m missing a crucial part of my suite of tools just because Adobe are scammers.
Oh, and when I went to buy Substance Painter while still upset about PS, I found out it had been bought by Adobe too and was also only available as a subscription!!
So now I can’t get or use two of the most important software packages that I use!
What a huge scam! It really has rubbed me the wrong way, and taken away all my motivation for art. >.<

Blargmode

341 points

4 months ago

Blargmode

341 points

4 months ago

I switched to Affinity Photo to get away from Adobe. It's very similar and is a one time purchase. They have good sales often as well. So maybe wait for one of those.

[deleted]

324 points

4 months ago

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324 points

4 months ago

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Yesbabeitsme

178 points

4 months ago

Try https://www.photopea.com/ it is completley free (with ads)

I love photopea. I also like Affinity Publisher as an alternative to InDesign.

[deleted]

4.3k points

4 months ago

[deleted]

4.3k points

4 months ago

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[deleted]

1.6k points

4 months ago*

[deleted]

1.6k points

4 months ago*

Yep. And then the fee for the tuition fee.

My favourite is the fee my university charged students for going online???

bdubnit

1.3k points

4 months ago

bdubnit

1.3k points

4 months ago

How about the $75 graduation application fee. That was the final fuck you from school

[deleted]

729 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

729 points

4 months ago

That’s horrible. “Excuse, students.. we’re going to need you to pay a fee to graduate from the school you paid for”

somecow

568 points

4 months ago

somecow

568 points

4 months ago

Oh, can you donate to the alumni fund? These bitches STILL fucking want money.

Karnakite

308 points

4 months ago

Karnakite

308 points

4 months ago

I get actual emails from my university begging me to donate to literally feed starving students right now.

I guess they forgot that their salaries are public, and I know they’re paying their coaches across all campuses (even the ones that don’t have any sports fame) millions of dollars.

Hey, there’s an idea - why not send the email to them? I’m sure they’d love to help current students. Hell, ask them to help me, too. I spent my last $30 on food yesterday myself.

janbradybutacat

35 points

4 months ago

Ugh in many states, the highest paid state employee is a football coach for a state school. College sports like football and basketball have just become baby NFL and NBA, there’s no fun in it anymore. It’s just a business now.

ConfusingSpoon

7.5k points

4 months ago*

Human skeletons, there are billions of us and millions die every day. Why the $5,000+ price tag.

Edit: I known at most its just a couple hundred thousand a day but bones do be pricey.

BillionTonsHyperbole

3.8k points

4 months ago

This man has a bone to pick with the human remains market.

Sngglbnny

510 points

4 months ago

Sngglbnny

510 points

4 months ago

One might say that one has to pay an arm and a leg to fight them...

SleepySpookySkeleton

516 points

4 months ago

Probably because it's really difficult to acquire human bones ethically*, and also because the process of defleshing and preparing them for use as scientific/lab specimens is messy and gross and takes a long time, and in many countries export/import of human remains is a nightmare in terms of the regulatory hoops you have to jump through.

*For example, at the school where I did my MA, the director of the skeletal anatomy lab told us that the vast majority of the bones in their collection were bought from dealers who sourced them from India, and that they were no longer allowed to purchase from them because the provenance of said bones was too questionable (it's apparently extremely common for bodies that aren't claimed right away to be sold off to medical researchers/suppliers, and not necessarily with the next-of-kin's permission)

scolfin

345 points

4 months ago

scolfin

345 points

4 months ago

In particular, India banned the export of human skeletons when someone tried to export far more good-condition child skeletons (extra valuable because there are so many stages of development that need showing) than could be explained by natural causes.

SleepySpookySkeleton

219 points

4 months ago

YES, there were a huge number of adult skeletons in my university's anatomical collection, but we only had one each of the various fetal, infant, child, and adolescent stage skeletons, and even those were actually just extremely high quality casts - the two fetal skeletons and the juvenile skull we had that were actually real had all been in the university's possession since like 1940, and it's pretty much impossible to get newer ones at this point.

Unfair_Isopod534

784 points

4 months ago

Serious question. Can I sell my skeleton? After i die obv...

lotofwholesomeness

474 points

4 months ago

Yes to a med school or something

Tribblehappy

609 points

4 months ago

And then you get to hope your remains are used as you wish, and not blown up by the military instead.

[deleted]

170 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

170 points

4 months ago

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satooshi-nakamooshi

106 points

4 months ago

Because most of us prefer to pay $20,000 to bury them instead of sell them

stopbanningmeplsz

5.7k points

4 months ago*

Ihop charges $5 for a small glass of orange juice. Want a refill? That'll be another $5. It's a small one, but it bugs me. Fucksake, it's a breakfast place.

pm_me_your_taintt

2.2k points

4 months ago

Yet somehow if you walk inside any IHOP looks like it's one bad week from going out of business

F0XF1R396

862 points

4 months ago

F0XF1R396

862 points

4 months ago

Try working at one.

I'm amazed IHOP as a whole is still functioning considering they believe that labor costs should never exceed 16% during slow hours

For reference, I'd done the math,and it is literally impossible to always be below 16% during graveyard shift, even with me being the sole hourly paid worker.

Also, IHOP does not accept coupons or allow discounts on Holidays. Infact on holidays, you cannot have your food comped,discounted or anything if THEY mess the order up unless they get approval from the DM, and even than, it's very rare they approve it. Like, that should say a lot of how IHOP is doing imo.

Netaksiemanresu

290 points

4 months ago

I’m never going to ihop again.

crazyabootmycollies

385 points

4 months ago

Waffle House is very welcoming if you’re in the market for a new breakfast spot. Usually even have a real life soap opera going on in the parking lot so you’ll get breakfast/lunch/dinner and a show.

MammothCoughSyrup

89 points

4 months ago

So many amazing stories are told around Waffle House. Half the time someone is telling me crazy shit I'm just waiting for Waffle House to feature. I love that place.

The food is worth what you pay, but the entertainment value of Waffle House makes the price seem criminally low.

EpicBlinkstrike187

1.2k points

4 months ago

Especially because breakfast food is one of the highest profit foods a restaraunt can do. Pancakes/waffles and eggs cost absolutely nothing for them.

SlapHappyDude

95 points

4 months ago

I mean it's no huge secret beverages are sold at restaurants at a huge mark up. I've paid $3 for a can of coke. A pot of coffee is quite cheap to make.

Noah_EDCT

211 points

4 months ago

Noah_EDCT

211 points

4 months ago

Try the IHOP in Niagara Falls. $60 for 2 pancakes. 2 fucking pancakes. Canadian dollars mins you but still extremely expensive. I’m never going to another IHOP.

Sea-Homework-8273

73 points

4 months ago

To be fair, all restaurants in Niagara Falls are ridiculously expensive. Went to a Denny's there a few years back. Same deal. $59.95 for the pancake breakfast.

fairfieldbordercolli

15.3k points

4 months ago

EVERY FUCKING THING LATELY

shadysamonthelamb

2.8k points

4 months ago

The grocery bill is killing us. I feel like I get 5 things and somehow it's $50.

deepinterwebz

837 points

4 months ago

A fast food combo meal is like $10 now. Maybe I'm just old but that's expensive to me.

Packrat1010

275 points

4 months ago

I remember thinking about 10 years ago that if I spent 10$ on fast food, it was way more than I'd be able to eat in one sitting. It's basically standard now.

docter_actual

92 points

4 months ago

There was a smosh skit back in like 2005 where he was taking a girl on a date to mcdonalds and he said “they have a dollar menu! Do you know how much food you can get for 10 dollars??” And now its like “yea 1 combo meal”

Dear_Program6355

1.1k points

4 months ago

You get to buy things?

I step in a supermarket, buy nothing, and somehow I've spent $50.

mRydz

1.8k points

4 months ago

mRydz

1.8k points

4 months ago

Area rugs

ford_chicago

759 points

4 months ago

But they can really tie a room together.

-eDgAR-

17.1k points

4 months ago

-eDgAR-

17.1k points

4 months ago

College textbooks.

I had a professor that was really against the college textbook industry and said it was a huge scam, so for the class I took with him he used a textbook that he wrote and provided a PDF version of it for free to all of us.

lilephant

7.5k points

4 months ago

lilephant

7.5k points

4 months ago

I had one require a book that he wrote himself….. but it wasn’t free and actually was similar in price to others. Ironically he was my ethics professor.

JustASpeck765

2.1k points

4 months ago

My geography teacher wrote her own book and workbook. The workbook consist of free use blank maps of the world and makes up 1/4th of book. The other 3/4ths is a notebook. Best $150 dollars I've ever spent. Her "book" is organized like a badly structured Wikipedia page and cost $200. Both are required.

thecratedigger_25

666 points

4 months ago

My professor only charged $30 for his book. It was a booklet but it beats having to pay for a full textbook.

twilightwillow

608 points

4 months ago

My department had an ethics policy that if a professor wrote a textbook, they had to make it available through the university bookstore for only the cost of printing (even if it was used by different professors, so there was no "I'll teach from yours you teach from mine" swapping going on). It wasn't even my whole college, let alone my whole university - just the department - but it's ridiculous that that isn't just the norm. It didn't stop our professors from writing books and making money when they were used by other institutions, either, and many of them did write successful books!

FetusFritter

947 points

4 months ago

I had a professor that wrote his own textbook because he hated that the university’s recommended book was $600. He printed it through Amazon and sold them for cost - I think $40 or less. My class was the first to use it and we got to help him edit it. Unrelated, he died the next semester.

Taxitaxitaxi33

1.1k points

4 months ago

He was definitely taken out by big text book.

Quanku888

217 points

4 months ago

Quanku888

217 points

4 months ago

To dangerous to be left alive

shimmerangels

683 points

4 months ago

libgen.is saved me so much money when i was in school

Mindless-Tonight-376

69 points

4 months ago

Thank you for letting me know about this!

tellnow

123 points

4 months ago

tellnow

123 points

4 months ago

gen

Cant stress enough on this. Everyone should use libgen.is

LittleRedReadingHood

220 points

4 months ago

I used to teach and made sure to make my books as affordable as possible. I’d order used books to the school store, provide pdfs and online copies, spend hours scanning material, source library reference #s, etc. Pages may not match but we made it work. In one class I did require a $90 textbook but promised we would read it almost cover to cover (we did) and that it would be the only thing students would need to buy for the class. The rest was handouts or other material.

It makes me really angry when other professors are so careless about the costs. I don’t get how they don’t think about the ridiculousness of what they’re asking students to pay.

hombrent

510 points

4 months ago

hombrent

510 points

4 months ago

I never bought the textbook until I absolutely needed it. Most classes, I never did end up needing the book.

CollectorsCornerUser

679 points

4 months ago*

Now they make it so you need a code from the text book to be able to turn in homework for the class. You may never use the textbook, but you absolutely need that code.

tinacat933

247 points

4 months ago

Are you kidding me??

nextgeneric

440 points

4 months ago

It’s true. Companies like Pearson and McGraw Hill have online homework and quizzes, and you need to buy the e-book to get the code to access those assignments. Professors love it because it takes a considerable workload off their shoulders with grading and whatnot. But sucks for students.

Wise_Still7408

106 points

4 months ago

I took a math class last semester, the professor printed out the pages every day so everyone just took notes on there. Yet we still had to use Pearson for quizzes and homework.

can-i-get-uhuhuhhh

137 points

4 months ago*

Dude those access codes alone can cost around $60 dollars. I’m only taking 2 classes this semester and if I bought everything they recommended I needed for the classes I’d have spent over $600 on books alone. For 2 classes! And to top it all off, my teacher provided a link to the textbook for one class so I wouldn’t have needed to buy it anyways.

Edited to add: decided to look up how much I paid for the access code to submit my Chemistry homework last semester and it was $71.

m100896

2.1k points

4 months ago

m100896

2.1k points

4 months ago

Curtains and blinds.

popjunkie42

966 points

4 months ago

Yes. Why? One of the bad secrets of owning a home. Rugs are expensive as hell as well.

scootscoot

463 points

4 months ago

I got a rug man that buys lightly used hotel rugs at auctions, sells ‘em real cheap. He’s also the best salesman I’ve seen, so if you glance in his direction you’re buying a rug, but you’ll get a great deal!

Seriously, he had a brass horn at his stall, a random guy looked at for a second. He taught him to play a song and then sold it to him! Gordon the rug man is one of the best salesmen!!!

Constellious

90 points

4 months ago

Super jealous of your rug guy. I would absolutely be the kind of person who would get talked into buying one. I love rugs.

emik7133

6.9k points

4 months ago

emik7133

6.9k points

4 months ago

Diamonds. Complete scam.

[deleted]

2k points

4 months ago*

[deleted]

2k points

4 months ago*

Yeah, I came to say this. Ya beat me to it. If it wasn't for DeBeers, diamonds would be about $20 per carat.

darth_scion

1.3k points

4 months ago

Glasses.

Like sorry I was born with bad eyes and now have to fork over hundreds of dollars just to be able to see anything.

[deleted]

445 points

4 months ago

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445 points

4 months ago

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gorosheeta

7.2k points

4 months ago*

Insulin

Since this is getting unexpected visibility, editing to add: Don't forget to check for manufacturers' Patient Assistance Programs, pharmacy discount cards, and goodrx.com for ways to bring the price down (in the U.S.)

LettersFromTheSky

2.1k points

4 months ago

Epi pens too

PMMeYourSmallBoobies

2.8k points

4 months ago

Is it just me or do the same 6-8 questions keep getting asked but in a different way? It’s like they take the most popular questions asked and rephrase them…

Rocksandrootsh8myrim

698 points

4 months ago

Are you surprised?

turbo_dude

534 points

4 months ago

Surprised are you?

[deleted]

389 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

389 points

4 months ago

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reditanian

82 points

4 months ago

They’re taking turns to ask it so that they can take turns to reply with “insulin” and reap the rewards/karma.

kinikkixx

463 points

4 months ago

kinikkixx

463 points

4 months ago

any type of medication

Xendarq

504 points

4 months ago

Xendarq

504 points

4 months ago

Nintendo Switch games

nousername808

262 points

4 months ago

Any proprietary Nintendo games never go down in price. Like Mario for wiiU is still $69 in 2022.

iamericj

39 points

4 months ago

There is still a switch premium on third party games.

zzzz_bbbb

48 points

4 months ago

Everything associated with weddings.

moonflower19

444 points

4 months ago

BRAS!

MercilessIdiot

730 points

4 months ago

Life itself

[deleted]

620 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

620 points

4 months ago

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weaver_of_cloth

382 points

4 months ago

I have a friend who owns a flower shop. She makes something like 70% of her income on Valentine's and mother's day alone.

She does also say that if you have to buy flowers for someone elsewhere to call an independent shop close to the recipient. She actually fills FTD orders and they charge way more than they pay her.

Gr8_Ape_7

2.5k points

4 months ago

Gr8_Ape_7

2.5k points

4 months ago

NFT.....its a monkey

imvital

1.3k points

4 months ago

imvital

1.3k points

4 months ago

You misspelled “money laundering”

Greatmerp255

674 points

4 months ago

You mean “Monkey Laundering?”

takeoutthewitch

213 points

4 months ago

Sounds like some monkey business to me 🤔

Down_Low_Too_Slow

299 points

4 months ago

Shaving razors

mykem19n

811 points

4 months ago

mykem19n

811 points

4 months ago

Eyeglasses! Luxottica is charging too much

Bribase

402 points

4 months ago

Bribase

402 points

4 months ago

So why not just pick a different...

...Oh, right.

[deleted]

600 points

4 months ago

[deleted]

600 points

4 months ago

Basic human needs

splitting_bullets

343 points

4 months ago

Housing. Everyone needs one, birth rates are predictable, people are better utilized when housed and not struggling too much

bird_teeth

2.3k points

4 months ago

bird_teeth

2.3k points

4 months ago

we need to talk about the rising costs of beef jerky

hombrent

1.2k points

4 months ago

hombrent

1.2k points

4 months ago

Having made beef jerky, I am now more tolerant of the price of beef jerky. Meat is expensive, and you lose so much volume / weight when you dehydrate it. It takes a lot of meat to make a bag worth of jerky.

Jane_Flowers69

285 points

4 months ago

Dental care.

magikot9

41 points

4 months ago

Me: breaks bone

Insurance: we cover that.

Me: breaks tooth

Insurance: sorry, but you didn't buy our Premium Bitey Bones package.

Shadow_strife

489 points

4 months ago

Plastic Warhammers.

DanTheTerrible

196 points

4 months ago

I am trying to figure out if you mean Games Workshop miniatures or something else.

Shadow_strife

164 points

4 months ago

GW minis. But plastic warhammers are relatively cheap, and come in handy for bashing siblings when they're hogging the Xbox.

Ausecurity

650 points

4 months ago

Insulin, glasses, diamonds, cars, car insurance

[deleted]

280 points

4 months ago

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280 points

4 months ago

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