Most of us like to think the world is a fair place. We rent-to-own appliances to repair the kitchen, pay to set up a router, and pack on ink cartridges for our printers that seem to have an insatiable appetite for these overpriced refills.

And there’s nothing wrong about it until you pause and think for a moment. Are we all just normalizing the ways companies make a profit off us without even realizing it?

When someone posted the question “What is clearly a scam but is so normalized people don’t notice?” on r/AskReddit it surely resonated with many. Amassing 85.7k upvotes and 47.1k comments, we have some of the most interesting and insightful responses that will make you go “wait a moment!”

#1

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Most mega churches... I remember an interview with Kenneth Copeland talking about how he needed a private jet to spread religion

GrandTadpole18 , Karl Fredrickson Report

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
2 months ago

They need to be taxed. After that sneaker post. Yikes!

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#2

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Minimum wages staying the same, while the price of virtually everything else rises

Mcreemouse , Sharon McCutcheon Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s crazy. The minimum salary in Spain stayed the same for about a decade. Even working 50h a week with that salary didn’t give you a decent life. Luckily the new left government is raising it. It is still too low for the rent and cost of living but it’s an improvement.

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#3

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Funerals and everything to do with them. The funeral industry has insane pricing. Some of the funeral homes and vendors are even predatory, getting grieving families to pay upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, because “that’s what the deceased would have wanted”.

chiggenNuggs , Rhodi Lopez Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I personally don’t understand the big lavish funerals. Your dead so why do you care how your send of goes. I don’t care if I have a memorial, ceremony etc. I want to be disposed of as cheap as possible coz I don’t want my family to be in debt or pay thousands of dollars to legally dispose of me.

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#4

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Planned obsolescence, where products are deliberatly designed to have a defect or worse performance shortly after the warranty has expired.

TheBassMeister , Markus Spiske Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

old fashioned film rolls are a bad example----

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#5

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice ''The customer is always right"

Biggest scam of all- the customer is usually an idiot and looking to get free stuff.

Corner_beat , Johann Walter Bantz Report

Lunar Bicycle
Community Member
2 months ago

The original saying made perfect sense: “The customer is always right, in matters of taste.” If a customer wanted wear something ugly or eat something gross, you helped them out with a smile. It’s their money and their business, and you’re just there to facilitate that purchase. But once it got shortened and lost that meaning, it became a huge pain in the ass for employees and businesses, and a license to act like an entitled douche to customers.

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#6

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice The US tax system. “We know how much money you owe, but it’s up to you to figure it out and if it’s not right, we’re going to penalize you for not understanding the convoluted code.”

JeromeBaritone , Leon Dewiwje Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

This is so weird. In my country, all the necessary data is fileld in. In most cases I don't have to file anything at all, my employer does that for me, automatically.

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#7

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice The fact that so many products require you to create an account and register it just to use it. This is starting to become so widespread. Even CAMERAS are doing that [things] now. Pisses me off so much. I don't want to be tied to some stupid cloud BS I just want to use the damn thing.

Phones themselves are terrible for this too. I should not need an apple or google account to have a phone I should be able to use it as a standalone device with just the cell service and that's it. All this sort of BS is only so they can spy on you.

RedSquirrelFtw , Marc Mueller Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I agree 100%, also I hate that you have to give permission to use your data to access most apps, websites etc. You should be able to use them without them selling your info to other parties.

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#8

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Scientology

jaceandcath , PictorialEvidence Report

Piet Puk
Community Member
2 months ago

Any religion actually.

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#9

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice College textbook prices.

It's crazy how ridiculous expensive they are putting even more of a financial burden on students

-eDgAR- , Daria Nepriakhina Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

We the option to lease textbooks for a very small price. The only condition was to return them without any visible damage.

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#10

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Unpaid internships. F*ck anyone who gives unpaid internships! People get exploited like sh*t in that and for what? Most times they don't even count. For what purpose?

I get so irritated when someone posts "unpaid but you'll be given a certificate". Shut the f*ck up and do the work by yourself you lazy ass.

MojoJojo1945 , Austin Distel Report

EQXL
Community Member
2 months ago

Worst in these is that people usually get to do normal paid work without any guidance at all.

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#11

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Diamond rings for marriage.

Red-7134 , Simon John-McHaffie Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

If two people are truly in love, it wouldn't matter if there is a ring at all.

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#12

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Mobile game ads that show gameplay of a Call of Duty or Skyrim style game but in reality are just a spin-off of Candy Crush

WWI_History_Buff , Pexels Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I have downloaded so many apps from what is advertised in another game and then find out it is nothing like the ad at all. So now I don’t even bother. It’s essentially click bait.

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#13

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Printer ink.

Zanders1981 , Robbin Wong Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg yes, it is super expensive. Our old printer was cheap but we didn’t research before hand to find out that the ink for black was $38 and colour was $45.

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#14

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice "If you tell me the truth, I won't get mad." -Mom

DoYuNoDaWae6321 , Nickolas Nikolic Report

River Webb
Community Member
2 months ago

its a lose-lose sort of situation

Amalie Plougmann
Community Member
2 months ago

I thinks it's win - lose, because the mom still finds out that their child is a furry.

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elStiJneriNO
Community Member
2 months ago

she is not mad, she is disappointed

ComfyPanda
Community Member
2 months ago

Which is honestly way worse than being mad. But that's just my opinion.

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Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
2 months ago

My mom states it practically as, "Tell the truth and I'll be LESS mad."

Yolanda
Community Member
2 months ago

that sounds more realistic

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Angela B
Community Member
2 months ago

In our family, telling the true might get you into trouble but if you lie and get found out you are in a whole world of trouble.

Honorary Malfoy
Community Member
2 months ago

Same

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hi myself
Community Member
2 months ago

For me it is my dad, and he keeps trying and trying to convince me, and when he finally does, he gets mad and gives me an almost thirty minute long lecture, even for the simplest things. I didn't do anything horrible that will affect our lives, or really affect anything. Also happens when I say that I feel better not talking about my deppression, and he is convinced that I need to, and he keeps urging me to do it, even though I KNOW that it won't help.

Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

Sounds like your dad doesn't have an off switch. When I was 16, I got yet another lecture from my Dad. Then he asked me if there was anything I wanted to discuss, anything I wanted from them. I told them everything was fine - I wasn't about to walk into that trap!

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Donkey boi
Community Member
2 months ago

When I told the truth my mother wouldn't believe me, she assumed I was lying. I used this to my advantage way too many times: Mum: Where have you been? Me: Oh, I've been [insert bad behaviour or morally grey activity] all night. Mum: OK, as long as you're not causing trouble!

Mama Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

When I say this to my son, I actually mean it. I would rather him tell me the truth and we work together at figuring out a solution instead of him lying and causing extra grief, cost, pain and suffering.

Bettie-Jean Neal
Community Member
2 months ago

Having dinner at my parents, I was about 35 or 40. We got on a topic and I had a random memory of doing something wrong that I shared for a laugh. My parents actually got mad and tried to ground me. I said, "well, I'm going to collect my husband and go back to my own house."

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

tried to ground you?? You're married now and out their house living with your husband

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infinite upvote
Community Member
2 months ago

Lol this picture

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
2 months ago

I tell my kid that the sooner he tells the truth, the less trouble he will be in, ie baseline consequences if you come clean straight away, longer consequences if you deny and then eventually come clean, and if I end up finding out and he never came clean: more serious much longer consequences. So the sooner he owns up the better off he is. And when he has owned up I do the consequences, but I do say to him I appreciate that he told me, which is why the consequences won't be as long or severe as they would otherwise have been

Jen Ross
Community Member
2 months ago

Absolutely! My daughter told me her and a friend saw what looked like a sweet on the ground that "looked like that" the other day while I was opening my new hive medication. I asked her if she picked it up, she said no. I could tell she wasn't being truthful so said "if you tell me the truth I won't be angry" then she did, she had picked it up but threw it away, she was told I appreciated very much she told me the truth but that could have been dangerous and that's part of why she shouldn't lie, she was then informed of the danger without a telling off and I'll be using it for sure in the future!

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Kristal
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Some actually don't get mad. I didn't believe it either until I witnessed it at a friend's house once

CincyReds
Community Member
2 months ago

Maybe disappointed, but not mad

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Depends on whether mom is an authoritative or authoritarian parent. An authoritative parent will be angry, but not lash out at their child. Instead, they’ll convey to the child, as calmly and rationally as possible (even if they have to “take ten” to calm down first), the reasons what they did was wrong, then choose a punishment that isn’t draconian, but is fair and appropriate. Children of authoritative parents generally (with some exceptions, of course) end up abiding by their parents’ fair rules because they want to, knowing their parents are setting fair limits. An authoritarian parent will irrationally fly off the handle (no “take ten”), abuse the child verbally (and sometimes physically), then choose punishment(s)—-yes, sometimes plural—-that are inappropriate and overly harsh. Children of authoritarian parents just do what they can with their parents’ ridiculously narrow, control freak limits—-freaking out if they’re late, lying, sneaking around, etc—-simply to avoid overly extreme punishment.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 months ago

"I'll just go ballistic. Trash all of your toys. Beat you where the marks won't show, then, lock you in your room so that your father can do it all over again."

Your_local_introvert
Community Member
2 months ago

Ugh yes. My friend recently had to out herself to her mom- her mom definitely didn't keep her promise.

El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

Ooohh...it's SO tempting to tell the truth and a coming of age rite when you realise that the phrase is a scam..

Angie Chan
Community Member
2 months ago

My mom tried that with me as an adult. She wanted to know what stupid things I did as a kid that I got away with. "Woman, I ain't telling you anything!" X-D

Kira Okah
Community Member
2 months ago

It's a trap!

KT
Community Member
2 months ago

haha, as a mom i have said this, although i don't get mad, i just feel sad. I realise my kids are still learning and i want them to trust me enough to tell me things when they don't know what to do or they've done something wrong so i can explain why its bad and how to choose better next time around or to just ask for help. I had very bad upbringing and never want my kids to feel the way i did

Brandi VanSteenwyk
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL!! EVERY reader can no doubt associate with this one.

Eric Soliday
Community Member
2 months ago

"You did What!?"

Jane Moore
Community Member
2 months ago

lol

Susan Egan
Community Member
2 months ago

Depends on the mom. If I say it, I mean it. I recall looking at my mom and saying "I will tell you the truth, are you sure you want to hear it?" She didn't.

Xylle Flora
Community Member
2 months ago

My sister and I actually both used to say "I did it" which would confuse her and she'd just leave

Doireanne
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, that's not what a lot of moms say. It's "It'll be much worse if you lie to me, so just tell me the truth and get it over with."

Marvin HeartofGold
Community Member
2 months ago

That's why I tell my kids "if you tell the truth you won't get in nearly as much trouble as when I find out you're lying to me." They still need to be held accountable for a poor decision and this way I'm not lying to them to keep them from lying to me.

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
2 months ago

Take the fifth.

Billy Maguire
Community Member
2 months ago

As I recall, that only worked the first time - ROFL!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
2 months ago

I thought it was going to be what a rip-off eyeglasses are. We saw a 60 Minutes episode about this factory in Italy. They made eyeglasses for EVERYBODY - same exact glasses but one has a Prada label & the other is generic. SAME EXACT GLASSES with a price difference of $700

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
2 months ago

My mother was wiser. She said, tell me the truth. If you do ,and for example you are pregnant, I will be mad at first. ...then I will help you decide what is best for you and help you get there. My mum was the best!

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

Same as teacher's: tell me which one did it and you won't be punished!

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

I get less angry and even sometimes understand the situation if my kids don't lie. But of course if they did something wrong and they know it's wrong, in some cases there has to be some consequences

Allison Baker
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually that’s true. And my son learned the advantages of telling the truth at an early age. I HATE liars.

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
2 months ago

I took this approach with my daughter, but followed through on the not getting mad part. A relationship is meaningless if you have to lie to one another all the time.

Faith Hurst-Bilinski
Community Member
2 months ago

If you tell me the truth I’ll get less mad than I will when I find out later. Unless it’s way later and we are laughing at the stuff you think you got away with vs the things you realy did get away with.

Miguel Denyer
Community Member
2 months ago

The way it was always explained to me growing up... own up to it and you *may* get into trouble... but lie about it and you absolutely will get into trouble, with additional consequences for lying... it develops honesty in people while teaching them that actions have consequences, regardless of the situation.

The_tattered_hippie
Community Member
2 months ago

I’ve never said that... cause I can’t guarantee I won’t get mad. I CAN however say with confidence, I won’t reprimand or discipline you. If my kid comes to me about something they did before I hear about it from someone else....that says a lot and I won’t punish for that (depending on circumstance of course)

Sam rice
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2 months ago

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Cori
Community Member
2 months ago

I tell my kids 'you will always get in LESS trouble if you're honest.' I also remind them that I usually know the answer before I ask the question, so there really is no point in lying about it.

error 404 name not found
Community Member
2 months ago

so true

Brentley Carlyle
Community Member
2 months ago

SO VERY TRUE LOL!

Panda squad
Community Member
2 months ago

That is the biggest scam of life she is getting mad no matter what :|

Suzannah McGhee
Community Member
2 months ago

i wish people would thank someone for being truthful because it takes courage to do so.

Susan Widomski
Community Member
2 months ago

LOL.

Robert Bailey
Community Member
2 months ago

Not really a scam. But i get the point.

Viviane
Community Member
2 months ago

One of my relatives is a prosecutor. I don't think that's the strategy she uses in court...

hi myself
Community Member
2 months ago

My dad on the phone: "I'm not mad, I'm just frustrated." This is with a random person.

Shalini Pabreja
Community Member
2 months ago

She might get mad, but she’s also the one who’ll help you when you’re stuck, no questions asked!

Patti Vance
Community Member
2 months ago

can't agree w/this one. mom & dad raised me to appreciate truth to a fault. after growing up, mom once told me that she sometimes dreaded asking me a question that would get me in trouble because she knew i would tell the truth. and, as long as i 'fessed up, the consequences weren't nearly as hard on me as it would have been if i had lied. i found that out from experience.

Paizleypie
Community Member
2 months ago

Hee hee.

HooowlAtTheMoon
Community Member
2 months ago

Omg yes. I hate this. Then the "I'm not mad, I'm just disappointed."

CP
Community Member
2 months ago

I actually don't get mad. That doesn't mean you won't be punished.

Dirk Daring
Community Member
2 months ago

Even Admiral Ackbar don't need to chime in on that one.

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago

This should be the first of the list

Aaron Kara
Community Member
2 months ago

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Stuart Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

Heard that before..... :)

Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Yes, this one is a fallacy. They always get angry. They may not always be loud or verbal about it. Some moms fume in silence.

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#15

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Bottled water, like Dasani. Especially in places like an amusement park that mark ups the price a shocking amount. Also the average markup of bottled water is 4000%, which is outrageous, bc water is literally free most places

gnot_your_friend , Andy Thrasher Report

BiLal Asif
Community Member
2 months ago

Greed does that

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#16

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Having to pay $100+ for glasses

Lonewolf23319 , Apostolos Vamvouras Report

ADHORTATOR
Community Member
2 months ago

100$? You are lucky! Mine cost over 500€!

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#17

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice The diamond industry, specifically as it relates to jewelry. Everything that the average person "knows" about it stems from propaganda and advertisements created by DeBeers. They aren't rare, they aren't worth what you pay for them, they don't appreciate in value and are a terrible investment. They aren't special.

Steelle88 , Girl with red hat Report

R D
Community Member
2 months ago

They are not even a girls best friend!

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#18

Health Insurance in the US. Costs a small fortune, never covers sh*t, and you still end up bankrupt if you're not rich and get sick or hurt.

go_kartmozart Report

I I
Community Member
2 months ago

and most still hate of the though of socialised health care , crazy AF

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#19

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Apple's headphone jack removal.

Supposedly was to make the phone thinner, but everyone puts a case on anyways. Samsung galaxy S10 was 7.8 mm thick with a headphone jack. Apple removed the jack with iPhone 7, which was 7.1 mm thick. That's great, but every iphone since has been thicker.

And very convenient to remove that, wait till the annoyance died down, then release airpods.

The whole thing was clearly a scam to artificially make bluetooth a borderline necessity right before releasing Apple bluetooth earbuds.

And everyone ate it up.

SOwED , Daniel Romero Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

And the removal of the chargers “for the environment”. If it was for the environment then you would reduce the cost of the charge from the phones and also give the option to buy them for a small price. Now they charge the same without it and then charge you like 40 euros for the charger.

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#20

Gerrymandering. In most representative democracies, voters choose their elected officials. In the US, elected officials choose their voters.

Harry-le-Roy Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

The electoral college is a huge scam as well - allows people who get FEWER votes to win. How does that make any sense?

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#21

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Cat food. Look at the cat food at a random store, and see how the design brags about all the healthy vegetables they've crammed into your obligate carnivore's diet. Then check out the ingredients and see how corn, rice, etc. are often the first ingredients. Pet foods market toward humans by trying to appeal to human sensibilities, not genuine desire to provide your cat with the best diet.

Hadrian_x_Antinous , Fernando Jorge Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

When you buy kibble look at the ingredients. Like this post said the first ingredients are the ones that have a bigger %. You want the first ingredients to be meat and it to not contain a lot of wheat, beets, corn, flour or ash. Most fancy commercial brands are really poor in composition.

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#22

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Members of Senate, Congress, and Presidential candidates, collecting money from corporations, big donors, and hiding it in campaign accounts, Pac's and Super Pac's, and then doling it out as they like. They no longer act as a government of the people and for the people.

perspectives , Paul Weaver Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

In Europe, we call this "corruption".

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#23

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Giving credit card details for a "free trial" and auto renewal fine print.

Heck, stop it after my trial ends. If I really liked it, I'll pay for it.

ag3ntweird , Mark OFlynn Report

Mimi777
Community Member
2 months ago

Sometimes you can use those Visa gift cards/credit cards that you can load money onto.

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#24

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Manufacturers refusing documentation to private repair enterprises and requiring you to get your products fixed by the dealer. Basically, the reason for the "Right-to-repair" movement

distrucktocon , Alexander Andrews Report

Malakai
Community Member
2 months ago

YES. And making products "seamless" so that you CAN'T open them up to repair them (I'm looking at you, Apple), at least not without a ton of effort and higher than average risk.of damaging the product doing it yourself. This refusing documentation and all is just yet another scheme for them to wring money out of consumers and away from small businesses

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#25

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice The school picture industry. $80 for an awkward picture of my baby? Nah, thanks

impossiblejams , Luke Lung Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

$80 is insane. I would never pay that. Thankfully the average cost I pay is $35 for a basic pack which includes a class photo and about 10 individual photos of various sizes.

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#26

Application fees for colleges, apartments, etc.

ohdominole Report

Y T
Community Member
2 months ago

What??

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#27

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice HOSPITALS OMG

Lol ask them for an itemized bill (like everything they gave you and how much it costs) and they'll cut the bill down by like 50%.

Snootlebootlet , Marcelo Leal Report

Piet Puk
Community Member
2 months ago

You should change this to "Hospitals in the US".

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#28

Weddings. My wife and I got married in a post office and could not have asked for a better ceremony. It cost us the price of notary services and that’s it.

MrPSPLock Report

Rose the Cook
Community Member
2 months ago

The exhorbitant sums spent on weddings, specially second marriages or where couples have lived together for years and often already have children, has become rediculous.

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#29

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Working 40 hours a week

liniNuckel , Surface Report

Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

Or the entire concept of having to work, in order to justify being alive... many years ago I came across a quote by some economist (can't remember the name, sadly) who argued that most job positions are totally superfluous, but are maintained because of the whole "everyone has to have a job" thing.

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#30

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Wish.com

xiphos805 , Ilyuza Mingazova Report

Rick
Community Member
2 months ago

I can’t believe people still use this website. Although Amazon is slowly going the same way with its marketplace and scammers flooding it with fake 5 star reviews.

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#31

Fashion, but also just clothing in general. No pockets on female clothes? More purses get sold. Thinner layers for women? Have to buy more layers. It gets marketed as being fashionable, but the clothing industry could roll out a marketing campaign for baggy rugged clothing tomorrow and get it trending if they wanted to.

Also, the clothing industry is a cesspool of child labor, human trafficking, and it has some of the highest carbon emissions and water waste of any industry on the planet, way worse than flying. One cotton t-shirt takes thousands of gallons of water to produce. Almost any synthetic fabric is a type of plastic, and you release microplastics upon washing.

On top of all that, we have repressive cultural norms and laws regarding the necessity of wearing clothing that come from Puritans and Victorians who thought table legs had to be covered and ankles were sexy. The idea that you should be embarrassed to be naked in front of other people is a cultural phenomenon, not instinct, and you can look at pretty much any tropical tribe to verify this fact that humans are actually generally normal around other naked humans.

tringle1 Report

Ozacoter
Community Member
2 months ago

I always wear men’s trousers because it is impossible to find non skinny jeans for women and least with real pockets. I don’t mind but they are always too long for me.

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#32

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Social media. From their happy beginnings they are now mostly a funnel used to ram as many advertisements into your mind as inhumanly possible. “Sponsored Posts” every third or fourth item - I see you, IG/FB/Red/etc. And that’s not even mentioning the extensive filtering network that “curates” the information you get to see when you are looking for something. “Curated information” is just a nice expression for you being conditioned to form certain opinions / buy more stuff. Social media groom minds

Solitary-Dolphin , Kate Torline Report

Kristal
Community Member
2 months ago

I noticed this with Pinterest. One day ads started popping up but looked like pins. Now, just looking at the browse feature, it shows me pins I already have pinned! Not just a few, quite a bit. Same with Facebook. I HATE how the feed only shows you a few peoples' posts.

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#33

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Reducing a price by 1 cent to trick our brains into thinking a product costs less than it actually is.

dogarfdog12 , Benedikt Geyer Report

Adam C
Community Member
2 months ago

Some stores rise the price 100% 1 week before "sale". Then they can have 50% off.

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#34

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Starbucks. I pay $9.99 for 51 oz of Folgers Ground Coffee, roughly 380 8 oz cups. That comes out to about $0.02 per cup of coffee. At Starbucks, a Tall Dark Roast costs $1.85. I could have 92.5 cups of Folgers at home before I pay for 1 Starbucks. My tub of Folgers is worth $703.00 if I were to sell it at the same price as Starbucks. AND I’m using reusable cups every day.

Bryan15012 , Amr Taha Report

BiLal Asif
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Just make your own damn coffee

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#35

Homeowner's insurance:

"Sorry, we're not selling new policies in Your Area right now because Thing just happened" where Thing = earthquake, wildfire, flood, and other things you might ... want to insure against?

"We don't cover That Sort of Problem." where That Sort of Problem = anything that actually happens to your house, due to weasel-wording loopholes

"You submitted a claim? We're going to triple your rates FOREVER after this."

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Any sort of insurance is a scam, really.

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#36

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Those registries that people pay money to “name a star”

VictorBlimpmuscle , Warren Wong Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

The thing is no registry owns the stars so just because you name it, doesn’t mean it is actually named that or that you are the only person to name that specific star. You may call it Fred whilst someone has called that same star Wilma. You are literally paying for a piece of paper, nothing more.

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#37

Payday loans.

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

never ever use them had a mate borrow £100 then lose his job , he was over £5000 owed last i knew , he's trying to fight it at the moment

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#38

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Lotteries

llcucf80 , Emiliano Vittoriosi Report

No.
Community Member
2 months ago

never enter into the lottery. Even if you win the money, you'll probably lose all of you relationships.

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#39

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Doing your own taxes, and paying to use a privately-owned software (or a service) when the government could totally do it for you, send you the details, and ask if it’s correct.

strawberrywords , Danial Igdery Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I would rather use an accountant, especially when our tax is a bit more complicated with all the deductions.

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#40

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Annual college tuition increases. Why aren’t they held to a competitive pricing model as opposed to having to take out a mortgage to go to school? Everyone wants to talk about government paying for college education, but there is no conversation on why is it that expensive anyway? Especially when some unis have endowments in the billions that just the interest on those funds could literally pay the tuition for everyone that goes through the door.

lcapaz , Charles DeLoye Report

Bill
Community Member
2 months ago

Colleges got ridulously expensive because the US government got involved. 1971 was when student loans became mainstream and about the time costs started spiking

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#41

Social media looks like free, harmless fun, but is more like selling your soul (and data), makes you addicted and sad. Most people notice, probably, but don't care enough.

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

off , FB , Twitter , Insta .... only use this

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#42

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Paying for cable tv. The whole idea of paying was to create a revenue stream separate from that of marketing. There are a few out there (HBO, I think) but generally we pay to access the content and still have to spend 20% of the time sitting through commericals.

Then streaming comes in and were free of advertisements again, for a bit. Now YouTube has tons of ads and other streaming services are talking about adding ads as well

suelzlej , Daan Stevens Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I would never get Foxtel coz it is approx $60 a month when I can get Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime video, Stan etc plus all the catch up tv and YouTube for at least $20 less a month. They are an absolute rip off.

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#43

Most modern manufactured goods. Designed to not last, so you keep buying more.

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

yep , my wife thinks we get a bargain if a washing machine lasts 4 years , i get mad having to buy yet another washing machine for £400

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#44

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice EVERY SINGLE PERSON on the Internet that sells some sort of „millionaire education“ .

Every single one of them. They are all liars, most of them are not even rich to begin with! They fake it enough that some idiots buy it. You are customers to them. Nothing more.

pinocchiosWoodBalls , rupixen.com Report

pusheen buttercup
Community Member
2 months ago

A lot of self-help unfortunately is based on the falsehood that you can "accomplish it with this one trick." The One Trick will not get your weight healthy, get you that relationship with that person, put money in your pocket or make you happier. Real life requires nuance and complexity. And things that are hard and take time and effort. I wish there were One Trick but we need to deal with the situation we have, not the situation we wish it was.

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#45

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Toothpaste commercial were actors filled their toothbrush with toothpaste too much which is unnecessary

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

You should only use about a pea size amount. In saying that though, I am just as bad as the actors and put on almost as much as what is pictured lol.

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#46

Herbalife

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

And every other MLM company.

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#47

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Internet Data Cap

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

always get unlimited , if you go over your cap you pay a fortune

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#48

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice The fact that you have to pay to bury loved ones

twodorrahsucc , Hannah Wernecke Report

chi-wei shen
Community Member
2 months ago

I don't think the mere fact that you have to pay for burials is a scam, but the often high prices are equivalent to a scam.

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#49

Normalized-Scam-People-Dont-Notice Rent-to-own furniture and appliances.

TheSanityInspector , Inside Weather Report

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I understand why it’s a thing coz some people can’t afford to pay for those big items upfront so rent to buy is one of their only options.

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#50

Lootboxes in videogames.

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Vorknkx
Community Member
2 months ago

Oh yes, to the point where some countries actually declared them illegal. A wise decision.

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