Many people, many minds. Especially when it comes to something as important as money and pricing. At different moments in our lives, we might believe some things are way too expensive, and then a situation may come when we feel like Shakespeare's King Richard claiming: "My Kingdom for a horse!"

In fact, every person has their own ideas about what is cheap, what is expensive and what should actually be cheap but at the same time, for some reason, costs as much as a private jet. You definitely don't need to be a PhD in economics to form your own mind on this.

There's a thread on Reddit where people try to figure out which things are actually too expensive for no particular reason. It is really popular with more than 22.3k upvotes and over 18.3k comments.

BoredPanda made a curated list with the most popular and witty opinions for you. So feel free to scroll down and have a good time reading, watching and of course commenting. After all, as we have told before: many people, many minds...

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#1

Insulin

Insulin 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.)

gorosheeta , Alan Levine Report

Nubis Knight
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

We should collect insulin and send it to US Diabetics.

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#2

Dental Care

Dental Care Jane_Flowers69 told:
Dental care.

magikot9 agreed:
Me: breaks bone

Insurance: we cover that.

Me: breaks tooth

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

Jane_Flowers69 , Matteo Martinello Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

My sister has been struggling for decades because of this. She is lacking an enzyme that keeps her teeth healthy, and has spent tens of thousands of dollars over the years, trying to save them.

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#3

College Textbooks

College Textbooks -eDgAR- said:
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 replied:
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.

-eDgAR- , textbookrebellion Report

Nubis Knight
Community Member
2 months ago

My Professor of economy gave us a 50 % off of his self written textbooks and allowed everyone not able or willing to pay the 50 % off to copy his books for use in his lectures (way before PDFs were a thing).

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#4

Education

Education I honestly can't believe that nowhere in this post as of right now can EDUCATION be found. Now, college doesn't have to be free, but recently the prices have gone through the roof and based on this post, it seems to have been normalized.

AnonymousMemeing , Caitlin Regan Report

Got Myself 4 Pandas
Community Member
2 months ago

Again, depends where. My kids can go onto further education for free in Scotland. Yeah they'd need a job for living expenses but everyone does unless their parents are taking care of them

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#5

Funerals And Everything Connected With Death

Funerals And Everything Connected With Death knockfart told:
Funerals

ur_canadian_brudda replied:
Hi, I install and maintain headstones for a living. Preplan and PREPAY FOR THAT SH*T. 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.

knockfart , Scary Side of Earth Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

I have already arranged to donate my body to science... I don't care what they do with it, since I won't be needing it any longer. They cremate what is left and return the cremains. I have arranged to have those placed in a completely organic cemetery, in the middle of a 21000 acre nature preserve, where a small brass plaque and a tree will commemorate my passing. Total cost, about $350 and all arrangements are already made and paid for.

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#6

Everything Because Of Inflation

Everything Because Of Inflation Because of inflation at the moment it feels like everything. Why do I have to pay so much for food? Why is the gas so expensive? How will I keep sustaining my car? Will my wife and I ever own a home? It’s debilitating man

terequiro , Nick Farnhill Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

My heart really goes out to people just starting out these days. It was hard enough in my day, but things are almost impossible now. I think people will really need to turn out and make changes at the voting booth... trump undid a lot of the consumer protections Obama put in place, and without them, the rich get even richer (and not taxed, if the republicans have anything to say about it).

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#7

Feminine Hygiene Products

Feminine Hygiene Products Feminine hygiene products.

There is no reason to spend 30 bucks a month for something that isn’t even my choice.

I don’t want to bleed for 7-10 days . If I could I would just rip out my ute**s.

Edit: for all the people out there suggesting me stuff thank you but I don’t need it anymore. I got the IUD 3 years ago and I hardly bleed. I just use a panty liner now and it’s super cheap. This was just how much I use to spend back when I bought pads and tampons (I had to use both …. Very heavy flow )

notafoetoallenpoe , Marco Verch Professional Photographer Report

Aidan Pite
Community Member
2 months ago

Really, BP? Really? The word UTERUS is censored?!?

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#8

Glasses, Especially Famous Brand Glasses

Glasses, Especially Famous Brand Glasses 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 🤷🏻‍♂️”

CozyReader881 , langfordw Report

Adam Belaire
Community Member
2 months ago

You can request a copy of your prescription and buy online. http://zennioptical.com is really good. And if you have any old pairs of glasses you like the look of, they can put new lenses in for far cheaper.

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#9

Diamonds, Due To The Monopolized Industry

Diamonds, Due To The Monopolized Industry emik7133 said:
Diamonds. Complete scam.

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

emik7133 Report

Emma Brown
Community Member
2 months ago

I love diamonds but we are saving to pay off our debts so my engagement ring is moissanite. It's 1 carat, white gold and cost £60! It's absolutely beautiful, you cannot tell the difference and its so much more ethical.

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#10

Housing

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

Unsteady_Tempo answered:
The lack of affordable housing is the consequence and failure of cities/counties not being more proactive in creating zoning laws that would require more density in new construction, fewer short term rental permits of non owner occupied homes, and limits on for-profit ownership of more than a few single family structures.

splitting_bullets , bambe1964 Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

Housing is such a volatile market lately... and prices just keep climbing. The lack of low cost homes and rental accommodations makes a real difference in quality of life for ALL of us. Cities who can't house their workers become dangerous for everyone...especially the people experiencing homelessness who are often preyed upon.

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#11

Grocery Bills

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

Dear_Program6355 replied:
You get to buy things?

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

shadysamonthelamb , The Unwinder Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

It's like the joke I heard recently... I spent $38 on apples at Whole Foods, and then I dropped them both!

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#12

Nfts

Nfts Gr8_Ape_7 said:
NFT.....its a monkey

imvital replied:
You misspelled “money laundering”

Gr8_Ape_7 , pinguino k Report

Adam Belaire
Community Member
2 months ago

I still don't understand wtf NFT is or does.

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#13

Everything Regarding Being Healthy

Everything Regarding Being Healthy Being healthy. Eating right cost more, gym and exercise time money time and commitment. This should be encouraged and supported not dragged down with extra cost.

Beefy_Peaches , Aarni Heiskanen Report

Trevor Nicholson
Community Member
2 months ago

There's a chain of gyms in Quebec that actually gives you a rebate on your gym membership for actually using your membership. If you got a 1 year membership and went 4x a week, it's like 30% they give you back

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#14

E-Books

E-Books DanTheTerrible wrote:
E-books.

OneGoodRib answered:
Oh that's a good one. I get that just because it's a digital item that doesn't mean the author and publisher shouldn't make money off it, but it makes no f**king sense for the ebook to be $2 less than the hardcover. There's significantly less costs to the publishers with ebooks, why do they cost so much?? It's so f**king annoying to go on Amazon and it's like "$36 new hardback, $30 new paperback, $28 ebook, $10 used hardback". Why would I want the ebook when it's that expensive?! And I saw this as someone who is incredibly low on space for books and who doesn't even mind reading ebooks.

DanTheTerrible , Richard Smith Report

Kylie Mountain
Community Member
2 months ago

This. Why am I spending $12 on the Kindle book when I can spend $5 to get a used paperback? You're screwing up your own business model, people; I guarantee it costs more for them to ship me a hard copy, sharing some percentage of the price with whatever third-party seller I picked, than to download a file to my device, which I also bought from them.

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#15

Hearing Aids

Hearing Aids pghreddit wrote:
Hearing aids.

Zelda_cat22 agreed:
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.

pghreddit , Mike Cofrancesco Report

Yumiko
Community Member
2 months ago

why are the most necessary and needed things that expensive? because we can't affort not to buy them?

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#16

Running For Office In America

Running For Office In America Running for office in America.

The cost to run a successful campaign in America for virtually any state level or higher political office is simply unattainable for the common person and prices out anyone but the ruling class of oligarchs and those with connections to it. Sure there examples of candidates outside the typical wealthy and ingrained political establishment, but they are the rare exception, not the rule.

With US House races costing over $2 million and Senate races costing over $16 million the average person, no matter how well educated and how well qualified, is automatically eliminated without a vast amount of personal wealth or connections to the individuals, corporations, and parties that do hold that power. So the halls of congress and the seat of power is never filled with our best and brightest, but instead those with the wealth to attain that power and the conviction to maintain that status quo at virtually any cost to the people.

Pursuitofsleep , Miles Heller Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a big part of the reason campaign reform is so important... nice normal people can't successfully run most of the time.

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#17

Medication

Medication Drugs. They say it's to pay for R&D but there were meeting minutes leaked from a big pharmaceutical company where they were like how much should we charge for this drug? $20? How about $50? Why not $100? Why not $300??? So they went with $300/pill.

c**p_whats_not_taken , George Redgrave Report

bumble bee
Community Member
2 months ago

The real kicker here is that most R&D is funded by the NIH, or in other words OUR TAX DOLLARS. This needs to end ASAP

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#18

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables Fresh fruits and veggies in comparison to a McDouble

Wicked-elixir , Marco Verch Professional Photographer Report

Huddo's sister
Community Member
2 months ago

It amazes me, not being American, that it does cost so much less for junk food there than fresh food!

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#19

Buying And/Or Selling A House

Buying And/Or Selling A House Buying and/or selling a house. There are so many people with their hands out that literally push paper and make a few phone calls. Total scam

ProposalVegetable230 , garann Report

John Edgar Werner Philips
Community Member
2 months ago

And it's always a percentage of the selling price. Right, I'm sure the work is twice as hard when the price is twice as high.

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#20

Adobe Products As They Switched To A Monthly Fee

Adobe Products As They Switched To A Monthly Fee PH0T0Nman said:
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

_Dague_ replied:
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.

PH0T0Nman , Piqsels Report

Kate
Community Member
2 months ago

Gimp. It's an open-source Photoshop. And Microsoft Office is completely obsolete, what with Open Office and Google products.

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#21

Bras And Lingerie

Bras And Lingerie moonflower19 wrote:
BRAS!

[deleted] answered:
Ask any man in your life to be your bra. I know I'd walk around all day holding my wife's t**s.

CrazyCatDog04 agreed:
Can confirm, I asked my partner to do this and haven't had to wear a bra in years

moonflower19 , Gabriel White Report

Yumiko
Community Member
2 months ago

binders

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#22

Everything Associated With Weddings

Everything Associated With Weddings zzzz_bbbb said:
Everything associated with weddings.

meaganannmorrison commented:
This was my first thought too, trying to plan a wedding within an actual budget is HARD

zzzz_bbbb , Jonathan Day Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
2 months ago

Just have a lovely party, no fuss, lots of fun and music and dancing.

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#23

LEGO

LEGO mildewmoisturizer told:
Legos

nikon78698 commented:
What do you mean? $630 for the titanic is a steal…..

frozenuniverse added:
I dunno, it's a bit rusty by now, I don't think I'd pay $630 for it after all that time underwater

mildewmoisturizer , David Luders, Peter Blackert Report

Huddo's sister
Community Member
2 months ago

Even with 'sales' Lego is expensive, but I think it is better quality than the knock offs as it doesn't break as easily. Being reusable and having lots of open-ended (ie pieces that can be used for a variety of representations) pieces means you can buy a couple of sets and leave it at that if you can't afford more. I am looking forward to finding out what the bamboo ones are like too.

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#24

Theatre Tickets, Especially Live Broadway Shows

Theatre Tickets, Especially Live Broadway Shows slyblueisblu told:
Theatre tickets. Stop being snobs and let us poor folk experience live Broadway shows too please

It seems a big part of the “value” of items like this is the expense keeps the r**f-r**f away.

There’s a comedian in the UK who jokes about how he now has a posh wife now so they go to expensive restaurants “for the ambience”. He eventually figured out what ambience was…. A lack of poor people being around.

Aloonatron answered:
Another fun bit from that routine is him asking for ketchup in a posh restaurant, so the waiter brings out a small discreet dish, which he samples, and then says “that’s great, I’ll have a bottle please.”

slyblueisblu , Christian Harrison Report

NsG
Community Member
2 months ago

Riff-raff?! Seriously? That doesnt need to be censored! WTF! Stop sanitising our language!

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#25

Having A Roof Over Your Head Or Even Replacing A Roof

Having A Roof Over Your Head Or Even Replacing A Roof [deleted] said:
Having a roof over your head.

frederick_ungman answered:
Heck..just replacing a roof is crazy expensive. $21,000 for mine.

[deleted] , Ash Raymondo Report

Yumiko
Community Member
2 months ago

well you can RENT a roof with upstairs neighbours stomping on it

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#26

Xyrem

Xyrem thotkeys told:
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 agreed:
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.

thotkeys , Xyrem Report

Nubis Knight
Community Member
2 months ago

Move to Europe, get it for free or a fee of 5 €/month.

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#27

Taxes

Taxes. Most of the money we “give” to our government either disappears or gets pissed down the drain. If the government cannot responsibly spend OUR money, then they really have no business handling it at all.

RDEnergizer7000 Report

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
2 months ago

USA - it isn't taxes, it's inefficiency. Most of northern Europe pays more than we do, but they have funcitioning governments, so they get value for their money. We're just flinging money into a hole.

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#28

Bottled Water

Bottled Water Vanatru told:
Bottled water

trevg_123 answered:
Get a water bottle and refill it, price takes a deep dive toward zero. You’re paying for the convenience, plus the inconvenience of adding trash to the planet

Vanatru , Mike Mozart Report

NsG
Community Member
2 months ago

Very much depends on your area. In some places, tap water is not potable.

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#29

Shaving Razors

Shaving Razors Down_Low_Too_Slow told:
Shaving razors

unoriginal5 answered:
I noticed even Dollar Shave Club, who was supposed to revolutionize the market, is on the shelf next to Gillette with the same high capacity cartridge at the same price. I switched to a safety razor, and buy 50 blades that last a week for $15.

m19honsy was curious:
You use 50 razors a week!! How many times you shave exactly.

Down_Low_Too_Slow , Mr.TinMD Report

Bexx 🇺🇦🇺🇦🇺🇦
Community Member
2 months ago

If you’re female, always check male shaving product prices - often you’ll find they’re cheaper :) good ol pink tax

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#30

Starbucks

Starbucks MiaLedger wrote:
Starbucks

7 dollar drinks are crazy

Senpai59210 answered:
I feel like the type of people who buy Starbucks regularly are the type of people who aren't concerned about the price of their drink

MiaLedger , Michael Allen Smith@INeedCoffee Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

I think people are willing to pay Starbucks prices for a daily coffee must not have any need of the money. Considering what it costs to buy excellent coffee and make it at home, buying every day is a pointless expense to me. Even if you buy a $3 coffee every working morning, that's $60 a month, which would cover the cost of my internet and subscriptions.

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#31

Popcorn And Literally Everything In Movie Theatres

NishantWubaluba told:
Popcorn in movie theatre.

[deleted] answered:
Anything in the theatre is expensive honestly lol

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John Edgar Werner Philips
Community Member
2 months ago

That's not the movie theatres' fault (entirely) though. They earn practically no money from the ticket price because of the studios' "conditions". Which are, btw, getting worse (looking at you Disney).

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#32

Life Itself

Life Itself Life itself

MercilessIdiot , erules123 Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

Life has always been too expensive for many of us. I know I am very lucky to be able to donate to the food bank and the housing charities in my town, and wish everyone who can help would.

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#33

Internet And Mobile Plans In Canada

Internet And Mobile Plans In Canada ReeG said:
Canadian internet and mobile plans

trentonl commented:
Rogers that

ReeG , Susanne Nilsson Report

Breezy
Community Member
2 months ago

As a Canadian I can attest to this! My current plan is $104 a month on a 2year contract and if i wanted to pay the phone outright it would have been $1500.00....fricken ridiculous!!

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#34

Designer Clothes

Designer Clothes HodorsAB***h told:
“Designer” clothes, like, it’s a plain white top with a logo for £800 wtf

sprunk_bois disagreed:
That’s where I’m gonna have to disagree with you. What you are generalizing might be true but most designer clothes, while might not be worth their price to the penny, are still made with high quality material and a lot of designer products are hand made which would make them more expensive. Like the $700 Gucci watch I have is made with very good fabric and high quality silver. Also the Gucci wallet I have is made also with high quality fabric and real Italian leather. I could keep going but my point is that some products might be what you described but most aren’t and there’s a reason they’re that price

zigojacko2 commented:
It's got nothing to do with the materials used and purely the fact you are paying for the recognized brand... 🙃

HodorsAB***h , Stacie Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

Personally, I don't care even a tiny bit if designer stuff is expensive, because it only affects people who think designer stuff is important.

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#35

Curtains And Blinds

Curtains And Blinds m100896 wrote:
Curtains and blinds.

popjunkie42 admitted:
Yes. Why? One of the bad secrets of owning a home. Rugs are expensive as hell as well.

m100896 , Miia Sample Report

Trevor Nicholson
Community Member
2 months ago

I bought two pride flags for $40 and and some hooks at the dollar store and it does the job. I don't need to live in a cave with no sunlight, I just need a little bit of blockage.

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#36

Housing Prices In Major Cities

Housing prices in major cities. Shops are closed, alot of things are moving online, people are leaving and houses are vacant. Why are prices going up.

outcastedOpal Report

GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago

I read somewhere recently, and I have no idea if it's true, but the article said there are 28 vacant dwellings for every homeless person in America. I know where I live, in a heavily entertainment based city, people can't afford to rent even studio apartments anymore.

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#37

Nintendo Games

Nintendo Games Xendarq's opinion:
Nintendo Switch games

nousername808's answer:
Any proprietary Nintendo games never go down in price. Like Mario for wiiU is still $69 in 2022.

Xendarq , Mike Mozart Report

Adam Belaire
Community Member
2 months ago

Same price if you buy online too. That is what kills me. For years they said the price is high because of manufacturing. Now it's "to protect their IP" it's bull.

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#38

Panera

Panera the-alchemist11 wrote:
Panera

I426Hemi answered:
A girl I dated about a decade or so ago worked at a Panera and asked me to come have lunch with her once. I though Panera was just a cutesy little coffee and sandwich place and had an actual moment of "what the f**k is going on" when I saw the prices vs what you get.

the-alchemist11 , Mike Mozart Report

bumble bee
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Their food is also loaded with calories

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#39

Lobster As It Needs So Much Work For So Little Meat

kungfookate said:
Lobster. So much work for so little meat. You have to wear a bib to eat it in case the carcass squirts at you. You have to use tools and your own strength to even get at the edible part. Then when you finally pull your sore, red, wet fingers out with that precious tiny morsel, it doesn't even taste good enough on its own that you then have to dunk it in butter.

beetlehunterz answered:
Back in the day lobster used to be considered poor people food.

DerpNinjaWarrior commented too:
This us why I stick with lobster rolls. Which are still overpriced.

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Is Be
Community Member
2 months ago

Just don't eat it and save a poor creature from a horrific death.

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#40

Modern Art When A Usual Boulder Could Cost $2m

ExtensionAnybody467 commented:
Modern Art, like, wtf how does a boulder cost $2M!?

MagentaLea answered:
Easy just title it Tax Evasion.

jbergcreations commented:
Also actual boulders that aren’t art, if you want some rocks in your yard those things are expensive but someone found it for free in the wild and didn’t have to feed it or anything until it got to your house

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GoddessOdd
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Any art only has the value people are willing to place on it. If you are willing to spend $5m for a red circle in a blue square painted by a famous person, bless you. How much will you pay me to do the same thing? It's often more about the snob appeal of the signature than about the actual art.

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