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

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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

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 months ago

Look at Nestlevil, who are draining water all over the place, in some instances illegally. ILLEGALLY. I avoid all Nestlé products like Chernobyl.

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

The empty bottles are also an ecological nightmare

Radek Suski
Community Member
2 months ago

Absolutely. In most civilised countries tap water have even better quality than most bottled water

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

I never understood why I should pay € 1,50 for a 300 ml plastic bottle of water when I get 1000 liters of water from the tap for €1.

Roe Rainrunner
Community Member
2 months ago

Probably countries where people don't have clean tapwater?

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Iapetos
Community Member
2 months ago

Everything Nestlé does.

meowoui
Community Member
2 months ago

Most brands of water comes from a tap.

Eric Law
Community Member
2 months ago

Fun fact: 16 oz. of water from a faucet in most parts of USA costs $0.001 - that's 1/10 of a cent!

Ragnhild Nilsen
Community Member
2 months ago

Voss water is tapped from the communal water supply in Iveland, southern Norway. It's used to flush our toilets! The bottles are nice though.

Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
2 months ago

I understand in countries or areas where the tap water isn’t drinkable so they rely on bottled water but where I live our tap water is perfectly drinkable so bottled water isn’t really needed.

Mama Panda
Community Member
2 months ago

Water is always free. However, most times than not, the quality is not drinkable and the bottled water companies know this. I think it's crap that we have to pay for water that won't make us sick.

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
2 months ago

And the plastic waste is sickening!

Chris Longski
Community Member
2 months ago

I rode with Trucker Buddy to pick up a load of Dasani water in Atlanta. While the truck was waiting to be loaded I walked into the factory. The plastic bottles were being filled with City of Atlanta tap water...

JessG
Community Member
2 months ago

So don't. Fall. For. It. Go find a drinking fountain, or bathroom tap! Don't buy the bottles and they'll disappear

Drunk Groundhog
Community Member
2 months ago

What a upside down world we live in; We pay for water but porn is free.

CatWoman312
Community Member
2 months ago

Capitalism

OogieBoogie
Community Member
2 months ago

Evian spellled backward is Naive !

Freya the Wanderer
Community Member
2 months ago

This is a mere coincidence. It comes from the Évian-les-Bains region in France. Still, the idea fits.

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I I
Community Member
2 months ago

never bought bottled water , did buy a bottle i fill up myself

Bored Padawan
Community Member
2 months ago

Bottled Fiji

Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
2 months ago

And a lot of it it just basically filtered tap water.

Mustn’t eat the mango 🥭
Community Member
2 months ago

There was also this water in containers for dogs them like 2 ounces for $2, no.

Colleen Garland
Community Member
2 months ago

I have a nice water bottle and water just flows in. Who could ask for more?

Todd Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

Bottled water companies don't make water, they make plastic bottles.

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 months ago

Unfortunately, our infrastructure is decaying. That includes water treatment plants. I remember tap water that was clean and tasted good. That was back in the sixties, which in some places is the last time the water treatment plants were not just patched, but overhauled and completely updated. No need for bottled water. We need to invest in infrastructure and get our roads, bridges—-and water treatment plants—-repaired (not patched), fully modernized, and working like they should be again.

Nicholas Kraemer
Community Member
2 months ago

Water is not free, even if in some places the end user isn't paying.

Bad Mole
Community Member
2 months ago

And all that plastic...

Viv Hart
Community Member
1 month ago

Plus all that plastic.

CincyReds
Community Member
2 months ago

But as we see, people will still pay for it

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
2 months ago

Bottled tap water. Shame!

Sarah Grape
Community Member
2 months ago

I usually say that a water bottle's price is 20% for the plastic and 80% for convenience

Black Jack
Community Member
2 months ago

this is actually a marketing phycology. If you think the water is expensive, then you'd feel other things that are in store feels worth it. It lower your defense into buying them.

Wim Cossement
Community Member
2 months ago

In Fiji the local people can't get enough water so they need to import it because it's been bottled and sold all over the globe. Can it be more absurd?

Jojo Dancer
Community Member
2 months ago

Dasani is literally just locally bottled tap water

Tigger O
Community Member
2 months ago

As a backpacking traveller to many of the poorer parts of the world, I buy bottled water only for the first day of two. Starting, |i drink one quarter of the first bottle and top-up with local water, gradually increasing the local water as I go. So it gets you used to the local bacteria at a safe rate. Still need a bottle or two at the start, ut after that you're set.

Marnie
Community Member
2 months ago

Here is another one where the general public is to blame, and it was obvious it was coming. They have drinking fountains. Use them.

Theoretical Empiricist
Community Member
2 months ago

Where greed meets gullibility.

Peter Ledoux
Community Member
2 months ago

I predict a rebellion over drinkable water.

Sara Mccracken
Community Member
2 months ago

free water with a piece of plastic that will never degrade and ruin the planet... all for 4$... such a deal!

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

Nasty stupid greedy amusement parks.

Fred Burrows
Community Member
2 months ago

But a case at the grocery store is the same price as 2 bottles elsewhere

Lisa Chambers
Community Member
2 months ago

Theme parks like Disney installed a bottle filling water fountain. I always bring a water bottle and refill whenever I need with filtered and cold water. My gym has them too.

Hugo A-niro
Community Member
2 months ago

And yet people continue buying it ...

Natalie KS
Community Member
2 months ago

Bottled water companies don't sell water, they sell plastic bottles.

Mike Ieva
Community Member
2 months ago

Have you ever look the parking price of those places!!! The parking!!!!!! Sometimes the parking cost is more expensive than the entrance!!!!

Curry on...
Community Member
2 months ago

I suspect most of it's coming from the tap. People could boil their own tap water if they think it'll make a difference.

Mark Kelly
Community Member
2 months ago

Bring one and refill for free.

C.S. E.
Community Member
2 months ago

I get annoyed when some disparage bottled water consumerism as a modern thing. I, myself, don't partake - unless it's fizzy water because. . .bubbles. However, selling bottled water can be traced back to 1621. The first commercial bottled water was from the Holy Well in the UK. Bottled water has been around for a long time.

C.S. E.
Community Member
2 months ago

Also, Nestle sucks so much.

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Tami
Community Member
2 months ago

So bring your own water, what's the problem??

Chewie Baron
Community Member
2 months ago

Desk I had a massive scandal in the UK when it first launched over here. Especially when it was discovered to be actual tap water.

Little Panda Bear
Community Member
2 months ago

Water literally runs freely for you to drink and use all over the world. Instead of having bottled water all over the place, just have taps that are clean for you to refill a bottle which can be handed out on entrance - for free.

Aunt Messy
Community Member
2 months ago

Dasani water is nothing more than the local tap water, run through the equivalent of a Brita filter. A cubic waste of money, no matter how little you pay for it.

Martin John
Community Member
2 months ago

And those companies are laughing all the way to the bank even more so now that public drinking fountains are shut down due to covid. I wouldn't look for them to open up any time soon, either. Grumble.

Jaguarundi
Community Member
2 months ago

Vendor rents are based on perceived/projected value of sales. The sellers get screwed if they don't meet the insane sales quota set by the park/event and can lose their commission.

El Dee
Community Member
2 months ago

Most water for sale in my country is mineral water from springs etc. Dasani died when it was discovered that it was actually just bottled tap water. You can't get it here now..

ARandomPerson
Community Member
2 months ago

you literally can just put tap water in a bottle and then sell it for like $1 a pop

Bettie-Jean Neal
Community Member
2 months ago

Dansani is gross. It's purified water, not natural spring water. I hate it.

CORLEONE
Community Member
2 months ago

only in 'Murica

Thera Peoples
Community Member
2 months ago

Whats special about fiji water i want an excuse to buy one

Wysteria_Rose
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember when we went to Disney for our honeymoon, my husband had us buy these Kool-aid flavor packs to take with us. He says the water tastes off from their water fountains on purpose so people will buy bottled water or anything else, so we flavored the fountain water so we'd have good drinks. I'm unsure if it's true, but I wouldn't be shocked.

von Funnyname
Community Member
2 months ago

Rumor has it that's why Evian is naïve spelled backwards -- corporate america proving a point that anyone will buy it with the right marketing

Donkey boi
Community Member
2 months ago

I've only purchased a bottle of water once! It was when I got caught out with some hot weather while out with the dogs, they needed a drink!

kjorn
Community Member
2 months ago

and often it's tap water just put in bottle.

Zena Marsh
Community Member
2 months ago

Never drink it.Mine always comes out of a tap. (Faucet).

Steve Barnett
Community Member
2 months ago

Water is water. It's been around on earth for billions of years. There's no 'selll by date'. Water is still created, but overall the water that you drink is the same water dinosaurs drank. We're about 60% water.

Eslamala
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Sadly, when your country destroys tap water and becomes disgusting, you have to buy bottled water...

Danieletc
Community Member
2 months ago

And most tap water from old pipes is healthier, with less tiny bits of plastic.

Daria B
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah, like the lead pipes of Ancient Rome. ♡

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Mimi777
Community Member
2 months ago

Reusable bottles are great to use if you have access to clean water. It’s awful that in some places the citizens don’t have that option, they have to pay for bottled water especially when they’re living in poverty or struggling financially. It definitely adds up.

Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

Dasani is forbidden in the EU, it contains a bromide (I forgot which one) count that is deemed too high and toxic. Hi US, maybe.. reconsider? Y'all usually a lot stricter than we are..

Dilly Millandry
Community Member
2 months ago

EU is usually stricter.

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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."

balsamicextremist Report

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

GrandpaBells , Anastasiia Ostapovych Report

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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