Have you ever bought a train ticket or paid extra to park at a hotel, and thought to yourself 'hmm, it seems like they are ripping me off." Well, according to these Reddit users, you are right. One user under the name eggaboy has asked people to name "the biggest everyday scam that people put up with", and some of the answers are truly eye-opening. From lottery tickets to extremely expensive water bottles, this list proves that all of us live in a world where everything is a scam. Scroll down to read some of the answers yourself, and don't forget to tell us the ways in which you are scammed every day in the comments!

#1

The price of feminine hygiene products.

Even from a dude's perspective, they are ludicrously priced for a necessary item.

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Cassie 3 months ago

Menstrual cups and washable pads are the way to go. Don't let the disposables market take your money.

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#2

Traffic.

Why the hell do I have to come into the office every day? Most of my job can be done remotely, sitting at home. I don't need to burn gas, waste my time, and get aggravated every day shuttling back and forth. I would much rather come in 2-3x a week.

Cut down on traffic. Make for more productive and happier employees.

Let us work from home on a regular basis.

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Conrad Strucker 3 months ago

the humans work better when they suffer you see

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#3

Built-in obsolescence.

Consumers spend good money to buy products that are designed to fail or become obsolete in order to stimulate further sales.

Not only that, but replacement parts become unavailable or are so expensive to buy and install that consumers end up replacing the item completely, even though it should have much more useful life.

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C 3 months ago

phone batteries!

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#4

Paying a giant cable bill to watch commercials.

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Lena 3 months ago

don't go to Germany then...we have to pay monthly for tv Chanels we don't even use/want. we still have to pay for them. even if you don't own a TV. it's about 150 Euro / 6 months.

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#5

"Don't discuss your pay with fellow employees."

Part of me understands that it's kind of tacky to do so, but I read that it was the companies way of not paying people what they deserve.

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Emma B 3 months ago

In some places, it's actually illegal to cover-up compensations like salary/wage and benefits

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#6

Superfoods.

They are all products of marketing and fads.

Spinach is better and cheaper than Kale.

Strawberries/Blueberries just as good and cheaper than Acai.

Etc etc.

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Andres Tejeda 3 months ago

I have to agree, Superfoods and most supplements are scams.

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#7

Black Friday sales. The thing that made me realize how f**ked it all is was working in a furniture store. We were selling these small storage ottomans for Black Friday. Regular price: $39.99, Sale price: $19.99. You know how much we paid for them? A f**king dollar. I’m breaking my NDA by telling you all this (lol).

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Beatrice Alighieri 3 months ago

In Brazil we call it Black Friday when stores slowly increase the regular prices, starting early October, then sell "Everything with 50% off the double".

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#8

Medication costs and healthcare.

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MammaG 3 months ago

You can blame that on Republicans.

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#9

Direct to consumer prescription drug marketing. People shouldn’t go to the doctor and ask for a drug they saw on a commercial by name.

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MammaG 3 months ago

I don't understand why this is legal.

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#10

My favorite is the "FAT FREE FOOD" on a bag of Twizzlers. Thank god this high-calorie compressed sugar gel doesn't have any fat in it. My diet is secure!

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Rose 3 months ago

Same with plant-based foods being marketed as "zero cholesterol" foods ... it never had any to begin with! Only animal products have cholesterol!

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#11

Every now and then I come across a video where some pastor magically "heals/cures" a person in church by saying some lines and touching the person's head. In one of th videos, the pastor was suggesting to the person that if they bought his DVD, then they would heal faster. I find it rediculuos that people use religion and faith to instill fear and then scam innocent people.

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Cassie 3 months ago

I was taken to one of these churches as a child. There was an army of greeters at the door, kindly asking "how are you" and "how's the family" and what would sound like casual small talk, but people would talk about their ailments or family troubles. Then, during service, the pastor would act like he was getting a message from God that somebody had a certain affliction, and of course, that person who just talked about it to the greeters before Sunday school is shocked because the pastor "couldn't possibly have known" and would run up to get "healed" (smacked in the forehead and often knocked over entirely, there were assistants there to catch people) and even at a young age I just could not fathom how the people in this church did not see through this scam. I don't care how hard they call themselves Christian, they are not Christian.

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#12

Selling water at a few dollars a bottle.

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Emma B 3 months ago

How about the destruction to the environment the bottled water companies get away with during their extraction process?

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#13

Listing prices as $xx.99 to make them seem cheaper.

It's a psychology trick. It works. We see 199.99 and think "That is less than 200." But it's exploiting human security vulnerabilities.

And worst of all, we could have all these beautiful, round numbers. But instead we end up with a bunch of nines everywhere. Zeroes are more orderly than nines and deserve more respect.

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Christina Sersif 3 months ago

then here in the great USA we have to add sales tax on top of that great $199.99 price

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#14

Textbooks, at least at US universities.

Depending on the subject they can cost anywhere from $100-$400 USD per book. New editions are released annually to ensure that the content remains up to date. (and the price remains high)

For an egregious example: I had a graduate level economics course that required a $300 textbook ($150 when rented for the semester) which actually had an "international version" available online that was the exact same book but instead cost $60 retail. The only thing is that the book was listed as being"not for distribution in the US".

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Karen Dyer 3 months ago

I like the one were you pay 200.00 book, and you don't mark in it keep it clean, you go back to sale back to bookstore and get: Oh sorry a new updated book just came out. We can't buy it back.

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#15

Paying for parking at a hotel your staying at already!

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CCL_2018 3 months ago

I stayed at a hotel that didn't have parking. You had to park in the city parking garage for $30/night. So frustrating.

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#16

Airline fees.

Fees to check a bag. Fees to carry-on a bag. Fees to get a seat assignment. Fees to get a seat assignment on the second leg of your flight.

Your "cheap" $300 ticket just turned into a $500 flight.

Infuriating.

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C 3 months ago

Southwest!!

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#17

College tuition in America.

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Andres Tejeda 3 months ago

Especially when your first 2 years, you have to take a ton of classes that do not even pertain to the major you are studying for. For instance, why as an engineering major do I have to take history? or any other electives?

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#18

Having to give your email address out to basically any company you buy something from so they can spam your inbox. Yes, I'm aware you can unsubscribe, but it's a pain in the a**. I've got a life to live and it doesn't involve meticulously curating my email inbox on a regular basis.

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Amanda Patterson 3 months ago

I have two email accounts specifically dedicated to crap like this.

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#19

Why can't we live in a world where we don't have to expect that any call from a number not in our contacts is a scam or spam 99% of the time?

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Terms 3 months ago

It would be simple for phone companies to kill these calls. But do they make money from the call and so have no interest in stopping them?

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#20

"Convenience fee". This isn't MY convenience, it's YOURS. The fact that you don't have to hire a human to accept my payment is YOUR convenience, not mine. So I'm paying you for what exactly?

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Bea Mee 3 months ago

Mine is ATM fees.... paying up to 10 dollars to access my money.

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#21

Cellphone data. They sell it like it's a finite resource, like they'll run out if they give you too much. But yet if you don't use it all that month, none of it rolls over. In Canada we also pay the same amount of money for 2gb that other countries get 100gb or more for.

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r3dd3v1lL 3 months ago

One of the few things I like about my country- dirt cheap and fast internet and phone services. I have unlimited minutes+ 3Gb of 4g internet for about 8 euros a month.

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#22

Ink prices. Doesn't even cost them a quarter to manufacture the ink, yet they're selling it $60+.

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Shari H 3 months ago

I know this is in regard to printers, but alcohol inks too. $8 for a Copic marker is robbery.

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#23

"If you tell the truth I won't get mad."

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diane a 3 months ago

Yeah Right!!

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#24

Police having to hit a quota. This means when there’s no crime going on police have to create false scenarios to ticket people, or pull citizens over for outdated mundane reasons. This creates resentment towards the people who are suppose to “protect” us. Biggest scam for a city to make money off of its citizens.

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Lesley Leahy 3 months ago

Completely agree. The City of Irving, TX uses this tactic.

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#25

Death duty.

Paying the government money when a loved one has died. Half the time the older generation have paid way more tax during their lives and then the remnants are sifted through once gone.

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Last Hurrah 3 months ago

The only certainties in life: death and taxes.

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#26

A few weeks ago I was in London, enjoying many of the completely free museums they have to offer. I wondered why such world famous museums would be free when they could easily charge money. I saw a sign that said, "this Museum is made free due to lottery funds." And I thought it was really really cool how lottery taxation and profits in London go towards making something so amazing free. I don't know how much lottery money in the states really does go to helpful causes, but I hope it's a lot and isn't just a scam.

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DE Ray 3 months ago

In most states, a majority of money taken in by a lottery goes to the administration of that lottery. In Arkansas, I believe that the most recent audit showed that more than 60% of the money that's "all for education" is paid to either the lottery administrators or the out-of-state company which produces the tickets and machines.

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#27

Healing crystals and other quackery like this. People paying top dollars to get a stone which does nothing else than just look good.

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karen snyder 3 months ago

At least they look good. Can we throw Astrology in with, "other quackery?" If one more educated person tells me that my windshield cracked because "Mercury is in retrograde," or that I argued with my friend because of "my rising sign," I WILL cut a bitch (right out of my phonebook!) Grow up people!

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#28

Jewellery. A friend used to work for a well-known jewellery store, her employee benefits meant that she could buy rings, earrings, etc. for $7 - $15. But they would sell it to customers for $50 - $100.

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Sage Jay 3 months ago

the diamond business in general is just cruel and a scam

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#29

The new and used car market in the United States. I don’t think there is a field more shady and potentially harmful to the consumer.

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r3dd3v1lL 3 months ago

Not only in the USA. A favourite trick of used car salesmen is to fix the mileage of the car. Usually they put it around 80- 90 000 miles when the cars have normally done 150k+. Another danger is stolen and repainted cars. Always check the VIN and engine numbers and the original colour of the car.

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#30

Booking fees when buying tickets to things online. They’re a rip-off, but we pay them because we want to see our favorite artists/sports teams/theatre productions.

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Karen Dyer 3 months ago

How about extended warranties, those are just money makers for both companies.

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#31

Standing in line for 20 minutes to spend $4-6 on mediocre coffee, looking at you Starbucks.

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Andres Tejeda 3 months ago

I think you mean mediocre coffee flavored water, or for you Frappuccino fans out there. 80%ice and 20% coffee.

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#32

Looking at how much money the average American is in debt, the entire country is a scam.

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Andres Tejeda 3 months ago

Like George Carlin said. We buy shit we don't need, with money we don't have, to impress people we don't like.

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#33

Beauty product commercials.

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Julie He 3 months ago

So true! I always wonder how many people believe Halle Berry uses foundation from Walgreens.

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#34

That extra 9/10 of a cent that every gas station charges.

Not exactly a scam, but nobody realized it’s even there. Even though it’s right there on their sign.

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Suzi Gauthier 3 months ago

But they all use the same "scam" so it's still easy to compare prices. Because of that, I don't really understand how the "trick" works.

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#35

Multi-level marketing schemes. Similar schemes bankrupted entire countries before but they somehow churn along just fine in the form of AmWay.

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Karen Dyer 3 months ago

How about people who really need Snap(food stamps) but can't get because their taxes from last year was over the amount aloud for a family or a person, I'm hungry today, last year I was not needing snap.

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#36

Apple, Orange, lemonade drinks (contains 0% juice).

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Hello please don't judge 3 months ago

what but I always think getting lemonade is the healthy option full to the brim with real lemons ahahahaha

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#37

Convenience fees for paying online.

Oh so your employee doesnt need to waste time dealing with as much? And you probably have to pay less employees and possibly rent less space because I'm paying online? Ooooh online convenience fee
I get that the company making the software needs to get paid, but I just dont like companies offloading that onto the customer especially when they're probably making more from the convenience fee than it costs them. On top of that, and I'm sure I'm not alone here, but the ability to pay a fee online would be a major factor in me deciding which company to use, hence a company adding the option for online payment will also bring in new customers which in a lot of cases could well be enough profit for the company to pay for the software without even having to charge the customer extra for it.

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Naomi Armitage 3 months ago

On a similar note: Having to pay a "restocking fee" if you return an item. Your poor employee is getting paid the same whether they put my item back on the shelf, clean your toilets, or sweep your floor. Unless that poor employee is getting a bonus for restocking my return (which I highly doubt), that fee is super ridiculous.

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#38

Weight loss products.

Seriously. There is only one secret to losing weight, it's calories. Count your damn calories. There is absolutely nothing else to it. Stop spending money on this crap.

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karen snyder 3 months ago

Saffie: All you've got to do is eat less and take a bit of exercise. *** Eddie: Sweetie, if it was that easy, everyone would be doing it. *** Saffie: All right then. *** ---Absolutely Fabulous

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#39

50% SALE on every f**king shop window!

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Biljana Malesevic 3 months ago

even worse: 50% or even 80% sale with tiny tiny "up to" in front of it. That usually means, nothing in store is on that discount, some are maybe 10% but the sign is true it's "up to 50%".

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#40

Razor blade prices.

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Andres Tejeda 3 months ago

This why men should relearn how to use straight razors. Buy 1 and it will last the rest of your life.

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#41

Train prices in the UK.

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Wil Vanderheijden 3 months ago

Not only in the UK. Often it's a lot cheaper to rent a car than to travel by train.

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#42

Renting costs. Don’t even pay them currently and I’m already afraid.

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Jaguarundi 3 months ago

Be very afraid. Most mortgages where I live are less than the rental fees for the same townhomes in the same community. Renting is a treadmill, you'll never get ahead of the game.

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#43

"Documentation fees" when buying a car from a dealer.

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Karen Dyer 3 months ago

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First and last months rent or memberships. I wasn't there last month, I won't pay it. If I can't get it because I won't pay for the last month, I just move on.

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#44

I feel like the cafeteria food in schools doesn’t have value at all (both nutritional and monetary).

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CCL_2018 3 months ago

It does provide a meal for those kids who don't necessarily get one at home. But I agree the nutritional value has gone down hill. How are 6 mozzarella sticks, a roll and an apple, a meal?

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#45

Susan G. Komen foundation. People love this s**t, for some reason.

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Ryo Bakura 3 months ago

Care to elaborate?

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#46

Jilly Juice - The women gets destroyed on Doctor Phil about her Pseudoscience yet shes still making a killing.

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BusLady 3 months ago

People fall for miracle cures. In the old west, she would have been called a snake oil salesman.

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#47

Lottery tickets.

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The Girl on Fire 3 months ago

I'm sorry, if you hadn't figured out before now that lottery tickets are a scam, then I question your intelligence.

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#48

Lays chips.

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Not_Alec 3 months ago

Sun Chips or Pringles are the best

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