What seems to be very obviously nefarious to you might not be obvious to someone else. That’s exactly the question that internet users have been tackling on the r/AskReddit subreddit. User u/Aurallius asked people to open up about what they personally believe to be scams that “everyone else accepts otherwise,” and they were glad to deliver.

The thread quickly went viral, getting over 36.6k upvotes and a whopping 27.3k comments: everyone was fired up to share their opinions and discuss each other’s views. From shopping channels to credit repair companies and more, you’ll find all things that some people think are secretly scams below.

Some of the things mentioned in this list are likely real-life scams. Of course, you might not agree with all of these conclusions, dear Pandas, but that’s part of the point—the grey area in which these things exist. Let us know what you think about these redditors’ opinions in the comments and if you agree with them or not and why.

The author of the thread, redditor Aurallius, gave Bored Panda some insights about the inspiration behind their question and what people should do to avoid scams. Aurallius is a design student at the School of Visual Arts in New York. They're an illustrator "working to make a living from art." You'll find their comments below.

#1

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams All of insurance as it is currently sold.

Example: I have full coverage car insurance. I pay $X/month to have that coverage.

Then I use it. Then they charge more.

Which means that my rate before my accident wasn't really the price of coverage; the new, higher rate is. I was paying a subscription fee to have coverage at a higher rate once I needed it.

Same for health insurance. I have to pay a deductible, meaning, I am not covered until I've paid it. "You are covered, but actually not until you've paid out of pocket a certain amount. Also, we will only cover a certain percentage of costs." Which means I'm actually not covered entirely. It's not actually insurance.

Here's how insurance is supposed to work: I pay you $X/month and you pool that money with everyone else paying that to you. When I have a problem you have the pooled resources to cover it for me. I'm still paying more over time probably than the cost of that event, but you're there to take on that cost for me for the price of my premiums. That's not what's happening anymore.

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Angela B
Community Member
7 months ago

This. Would upvote more than once if I could.

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#2

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams I'm probably going to be blasted for it, but the wedding industry seems to be scamming people for love.

You don't need a $35,000 party to marry someone, just get a priest and some friends for like $3k and save that money for your relationship.

Weddings used to be paid by parents or grandparents of the couple, but times have changed and more people are paying out of their own pocket for a celebration that doesn't really need to be extravagant.

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
7 months ago

"Get a priest and some friends for $3k"? That sounds like people trafficking, but sure, I'll buy a priest 😂

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#3

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams The funeral industry. Poor families get robbed of so much money just to put on a "respectful" funeral, and because they're grieving, it's seriously kicking them while they're down. You don't need to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars to have grandma embalmed, made-up with corpse makeup, put in a casket worth an arm and a leg, and lowered into a hole filled with roses, to be topped with an ornate expensive headstone. I wish natural burials were more mainstream, where the body is put in its favorite outfit, wrapped in a biodegradable sheet, and placed in a mound of dirt to be absorbed by the earth. Big funeral companies are benefiting off of people's grief and it's disgusting.

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Chich
Community Member
7 months ago

Cremation. Fought fire for years, I'll let it get me at the end :)

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Aurallius, the author of the thread, told Bored Panda that they're often subjected to various ads. The "variety of products and services that are advertised on a regular basis" made the redditor come up with the question in the first place. However, that wasn't the only reason.

"I also wanted to make a popular post," they opened up to Bored Panda that they were aiming for some popularity online as well.

There are various ways how people react to being scammed. Some choose to waste the scammers' time. Others immediately call the authorities. While others choose to ignore the scammers entirely. Aurallius told Bored Panda that, in their opinion, it's best to "immediately report the scam" so as to help protect others in the future.

#4

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams So-called "body cleanses", whether it be juice, herbal pills or something else.

I want to smack anyone who says they need to go on a cleanse. What the hell do you think your liver and kidneys are doing? you wanna cleanse? drink some water and let the giblets do their work, dingus!

MysteryGirlWhite , pxfuel Report

Dynein
Community Member
7 months ago

There is an even weirder belief which says that the gut gets lined with dried up s**t over time and therefore needs to be rinsed out at intervals. I mean, strictly speaking the gut IS a sort of pipe, but a) it can't dry out inside, b) the walls are too soft and move too much to maintain a dry lining, c) the contents don't trickle, they are pushed through, rubbing against the walls so how is a stable layer of grime ever supposed to build up? d) the gut cells are constantly renewed with the old and dying gut cells being expelled into the gut interior. People have the weirdest beliefs about bodies.

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#5

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Unpaid internships.

If you look at the actual laws, internships are supposed to be primarily focused on education. If the intern is doing work that is providing value to the company, they are supposed to be paid.

It's just never enforced.

okfine321 , Karolina Grabowska Report

Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
7 months ago

This is the biggest scam, and really should be cracked down on - I hope this one makes it to number 1. Reminds me of the stingy influencers who want you to work for free for exposure/experience, except it involves the biggest, most profitable companies

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#6

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Buying T-shirts with the company's logo on them.

You pay them a ridiculous price to advertise them.

theBrD1 , piqsels Report

Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
7 months ago

Well that's the whole point of conspicuous consumption - you're also advertising yourself, as being able to afford it (even though it's probably a knock-off). Still ridiculous though, I'd rather advertise to the world something I genuinely enjoy, like a band or icecream 😁

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I wanted to get Aurallius' opinion about what people can do to make sure that they don't fall for scams. In the redditor's opinion, education, patience, and awareness are key. "People should think critically and do extensive research on the stuff they use or consume," they pointed out that we should all be willing to put in the time to do some research to protect ourselves and our wallets.

The redditor also shared that credit repair companies are an example of a scam that they've had some experience with.

Scams, hustles, cons—whatever you call them, they’re as old as human history itself. Fighting against scams and con artists is a never-ending battle because a person’s biggest defenses are education and awareness.

#7

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams I’m not a nutritionist but having comfort food be cheaper than fruits and vegetables is just plain wrong.

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Lovin' Life
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Totally agree. You are preach into the ground about eating healthy but when its time for meal prep and grocery shopping, you can feed a family for $20 with unhealthy foods or $60 for better choices. Many families have to take what is affordable for their situation. How can fresh fruit cost more than a loaf of bread that has a process to produce it for sale? Makes no sense at all.

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#8

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Organized religion.

The mormon church asks their members to give them 10% of their money. F***ing 10% even if you're a little old lady living on a very fixed income or an 8 year old kid mowing lawns.

If you don't pay, you're not worthy enough to go to their temples. If that's not a scam, I don't know what is.

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Rita Porkoláb
Community Member
7 months ago

And filthy rich pastors. The religion, where your pastor is richie rich and greedy is a scam.

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#9

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Tipping.
It's a scam restaurant owners use to keep wages low and profits in their pockets.

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
7 months ago

In some countries... Well one in particular 😉

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When you’re aware of the tactics scammers use, you’re prepared to shut down their attempts to weasel money or sensitive personal information out of you. However, that just makes the scammers find even more creative, evil ways to bamboozle you and the whole process continues to spiral.

There’s hardly a greater bunch of experts on scams than the r/Scams subreddit, a community dedicated to fighting back against hustlers and providing info and support to victims. One of the moderators previously gave an interview to Bored Panda about the difference between real-life and online scams, and what you can do to protect yourself.

"I think online shopping scams are different because you lose that layer of dealing with a real-life person. When you have a real person in front of you, a typical person will feel shame or guilt at the thought of taking advantage of a person,” one of the r/Scams mods explained to Bored Panda that interacting with a scammer face-to-face can give away some of their intentions. Things aren’t as clear-cut with the advent of the internet.

#10

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams College in America, it's absolutely absurd that they can hold your transcripts hostage, charge 600 dollars a year for a 'parking pass' require that the first year be spent on campus, rotate out a 500 dollars text book every single semester (that was written by your professor), and basically can find any other way to outrageously over charge students while promoting predatory lending and saying they're "not for profit".

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Mike Crow
Community Member
7 months ago

For the USA, if it doesn’t make a profit then it is communism and therefor trampling your freedom (somehow).

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#11

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Cable TV. Either provide it for free, or remove the incessant advertisements. Not okay with the double charge.

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Simon Clarke
Community Member
7 months ago

Totally agree with this one. When I watched a mates sky TV For the first time I couldn't believe that they were adverts in the middle of something he was paying for. Whilst I'm on a rant - in England we used to get football on terrestrial channels which are, except for the BBC's licence fee, free. Then Sky took over and hoodwinked people into thinking that their coverage was sooooo much better. The majority of people fell for the idea and subscribed with the result that we now have to pay an arm and a leg to watch our national game. Same with boxing and cricket. All previously very cheap or free now we have to take out loans to watch it.

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#12

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Engagement rings (specifically diamond ones). Ridiculously expensive pieces of crystallized carbon that are intrinsically worthless.

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Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

STOP buying diamonds. You rape the earth and keep the poor poor. Stimpy is right: synthetic diamonds are ok.

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“With the internet, you aren't dealing with a person, but a username and avatar. It is much easier to act maliciously when you don't have a real victim directly in front of you," the redditor pointed out that distance and anonymity don’t work in our favor, but are very useful for scammers.

"Online scams also use a lot of tricks to pressure buyers; low prices, pushes to buy now!, taking advantage of someone's kindness or naivete (re: advance check fraud, money mules, etc), or advertising one product and sending another (or nothing at all, by using a fake tracking number). Getting a person to make a decision via high-pressure tactics and preventing them from reflecting and making a sound decision is key.”

#13

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Any seminar entitled "Secrets to Building Your Wealth" or something in a similar vein. The only secret is that you attending is building some other person's wealth.

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Tenacious Squirrel
Community Member
7 months ago

They’re usually pyramid schemes. However I’m not sure how often they’re accepted by everyone - I think most people realise (?).

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#14

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Popcorn prices at the cinema

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
7 months ago

I buy popcorn at our discount cinemas. There's one that does second run films for $2 and another that does movies after the theater runs but before the DVD release for $5. That's less than half the cost of a standard movie ticket. I know the concessions are how they make their money, and I'm okay supporting them that way.

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#15

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Inkjet printer cartridges.

My printer cost a bit less than the replacement cartidges and it came with ink when I bought it.

It would be more cost effective if I bought a new printer every time the ink runs out.

Kahmael , pxhere Report

Dynein
Community Member
7 months ago

That's why it makes sense to check the price for cartridges *before* you decide for a printer, so you can buy the one that is the most cost-efficient *including* the future cost of replacement cartridges. The printer ink will still be overpriced, mind you, but a lot of companies try to entice you with a super cheap printer but then make up for the difference and more with every purchase of printer ink. THAT at least is something you can avoid.

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One of the best ways to know whether something’s too good to be true is to rely on your gut, your instincts, that little voice in your head that’s saying there’s really something sus going on here. “If a deal is too good to be true, it is. If you see a pair of brand new Apple AirPods advertised for $50, you are not getting an authentic product. There are many counterfeit items out there on the market, and you need to verify authenticity before hitting buy.”

Buying knockoff and counterfeit products is a horrible idea, not just because of the ethics alone but also because they pose potential risks to your health. In short, be careful what you buy. “These knockoff products do not always go through the same safety standards of the real item; they may not be UL certified, they may use chemicals or ingredients that are not FDA approved and are unsafe for use on or in the human body, or could cause major harm to human life or property,” the r/Scams moderator warned.

#16

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams When a company asks at the register, “Will you round up to the dollar for xyz charity?”

You think you’re being honorable but these companies are just taking your money and representing that THEY are the ones giving it for a tax break. It’s a total scam. If those companies want a tax break they can donate. Screw off. I donate on my own and in my own way.

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James
Community Member
7 months ago

No they are not. This is a myth. In addition, even if they were to claim a deduction on this money they would also have to count it as income which means they wouldn't see any tax benefit.

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#17

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Bridal showers. I'm already getting you a wedding gift, but i need to get you something else too, essentially in celebration of the same event? And people who expect gifts at Their engagement parties are really milking it.

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PeachPossum
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Bridal showers came about in the 19th century to replace the dowry. The original intent was to provide the bride with items for her wedding night and money that would ensure the wedding would take place. That of course was in a day and age when most women did not work. This is yet another tradition that needs to dropped. I suggest unmarried people (men and women both) bring back the "hope chest" or "glory box" that they begin to fill with household items while still in their teens. The items move with them to their first home away from mom and dad.

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#18

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Transaction/processing fees when you order a digital product online. Such as a concert ticket: you pay 16 bucks extra while you pay online, and then have to print the ticket yourself.

All fees are BS and are designed to either hide the price of the original product or are an excuse for a middleman to cash in.

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Beeps
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, from a customer’s point of view, this also used to really annoy me, until I started selling goods and services (including digital products) online. In order to do so, I need a business bank account (for which I have to pay a monthly fee, plus additional fees, if I have to pay in a lot of cheques), but most of all, I need another third party that processes the customers’ card payments. This also incurs a monthly fee and in addition to that, a card processing fee that varies in amount depending on which type card they use (debit or credit) each time someone buys something. Plus, each time you pay for something with your card online (ie where you’re not physically present) the processing fee is automatically higher than if you pay in a shop, as the card processing service provider claims that the risk of fraud is higher (and thus the risk that they might have to refund you.)

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One thing that you should definitely consider for the sake of your financial safety is getting a credit card and using that instead of a debit card. “Credit card protections for most cards are much more forgiving than debit cards. You can generally get your money back faster if you were scammed or misled by a business, versus initiating an investigation through your bank. It is always smarter to pay by credit card (and pay off your balance monthly!)."

#19

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Buying college textbooks.

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Jo Johannsen
Community Member
7 months ago

New edition every year so you can't resell them.

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#20

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Apartments charging pet fees but not children fees.

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Kaspar Kristiansen
Community Member
7 months ago

Some people are allergic to (some) pet hair, thus more cleaning will be needed, I don't know of any people being allergic to baby hair. Don't think the fee has anything to do with potential mess and noise, because if so I agree that children likely is deserving a higher "fee" :)

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#21

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Psychics.

How do these people live with themselves when they are taking advantage of people in their time of mourning/loss?

It's cheaper to go a therapist

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Kevin Erdős–Bacon
Community Member
7 months ago

I wouldn't say people accept this as normal. Most people know this is a scam.

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#22

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Hotels charging for WiFi. Also flights.

You’re telling me I can get free WiFi from libraries, coffee shops, the dentist, and the bus. But I can’t get WiFi included with this $189/night room? If I spend more than $2 i want free WiFi

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
7 months ago

Good heavens, I have never paid for WiFi at a hotel.

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#23

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Those "For every share/like this post gets we'll donate £1 to a charity for the Amazon rainforest" posts on Instagram. No way in hell are any of these people donating millions of pounds just because they got a bunch of likes on a post. It's just a very shameful way of getting likes in my opinion and makes people feel very self righteous when they share or like them.

otmh , Brett Jordan Report

Caro Caro
Community Member
7 months ago

Those basterds should post evidence that they donated.

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#24

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Any kind of over the counter pill, vitamin, cream or personal cleansing product that is usually unisex but claims that this particular one is for men or women only. It's the same razor model but in a different color, Gillette. I'm onto your s**t.

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NsG
Community Member
7 months ago

Double check though - some vitamins marketed at women do have a higher proportion of folic acid because that does have more benefit for women (particularly pre-pregnancy). If the two sets of contents are genuinely identical - don't spend more for just the pretty lady on the front.

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#25

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Organic produce.

I grew up on an orchard, so I know that it’s actually pretty easy to follow organic standards. Contrary to popular belief, organic does not mean no sprays, it just means that the sprays you used were on a very long list of approved sprays. (In the US anyway. I can’t speak for other countries)

And then actually being able to use the term organic requires a very expensive certification process.

So all that organic means is that big companies can charge higher prices for their produce.

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Manndy Fisher
Community Member
7 months ago

It always amazed me how organic carrots and non organic cost the same. Either you are scamming me or organic are not organic and the other way around. BTW, I have a local farmer's market where I live and these "organic" products from supermarkets look nothing like a real ones.

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#26

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Priority boarding for airlines. Personally if I paid extra I would want to be the last person on the plane. I sit down, we go. I wouldnt pay extra to make my plane time longer by 30 mins just to have 100 people bump into me as they board.

mr_ribzeater , Markus Winkler Report

NsG
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

Some airlines (looking at certain Irish owned ones) used to not allocate seating. Priority boarding means you get your choice of seat and who you sit with. This was often short haul internal flights as well.

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#27

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Shakes and pills for weight loss.

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Zena Marsh
Community Member
7 months ago

Use a smaller plate. Worked for me.

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#28

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Wish.com
Yeah you find something you like for a dollar, BUT it has 7 dollar shipping fee AND it's from China and will take a month to get to you.

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Adam C
Community Member
7 months ago

Anyone who ever got what they ordered from Wish?

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#29

Autism speaks. The organisation is actually terrible, and views autism as a curable illness and as a burden that must be fixed.

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James016
Community Member
7 months ago

I have seen nothing good about this organisation. I have spoken to a number of autistic adults online after my son was diagnosed. They all hate it. They also have a major problem with this Spectrum10k thing where scientists want DNA from autistic people but have not been clear on why and who will have access. That has been likened to eugenics.

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#30

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams College. Most of he population does not need a degree to work the job they work, but we're told all thier lives that they will never become anything without it. Most of us get fooled into going and spending tens of thousands on a BS piece of paper that in reality contributes nothing to ones ability to do the job they end up doing.

TitsOnAUnicorn , Andrea Piacquadio Report

Dynein
Community Member
7 months ago

I wish people didn't push so much for higher education for everyone remotely intelligent, and I wish trade jobs weren't marketed as something for the people "too stupid" for higher education. What's people's problem with having intelligent craftsmen? Do you really prefer stupid craftsmen doing work at your house? And on the other side of the coin, a lot of the jobs for which university education is expected don't in fact need to be done by the most intelligent people. Can't we finally accept that intelligent jobs aren't an opposite of manual jobs, but rather are the jobs where independent problem solving is required? It's not the difference between blue collar and white collar and it shouldn't be.

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#31

Payment plans for phones and just paying $1000 for a phone in general.

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K. Lange
Community Member
7 months ago

I use a phone for 170 € and i am totally happy with it.

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#32

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Any company that makes you go to their dealers for repairs, like Apple, just so you have to pay triple the amount. If you had gotten an android and watched a youtube video, you could have fixed the problem yourself in 20 minutes for about 10 bucks.

anonymous , Aaron Yoo Report

Bart S
Community Member
7 months ago

So much bs, most of the android devices are not that easy to disassemble when comes to replace damaged screen or battery. If they are screwed in that ok, screwdriver or two will do the job but what about glued in screen?

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#33

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams The shopping channel, they just get some common product, slap a few mouthy salesmen on it with an infomercial and sell it for 10x the price.

They're just screwing over pre internet senior citizens.

Rrraou , HSNtv Report

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm a 'pre internet senior citizen' and do not watch these appalling channels at all

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#34

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Workout/meal plan apps that you have to pay for. All of their workouts and meal recipes are google'able and extremely generic. There’s no face time between you and the app people so there’s no individuality in it. I don’t get how people fall for it at all

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Tamsin Far
Community Member
7 months ago

Some people (including me) will more likely stick to something if they have paid for it. Sounds stupid, is stupid, but if it works...

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#35

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams The cost of mobile Data plans.

I'm from Sweden and here I currently pay $15 for 8 GB. I lived in Canada for the winter and they wanted $50 for like 3GB.

soppamootanten , Ketut Subiyanto Report

Robert T
Community Member
7 months ago

I can't easily split out what I pay for data from mine, as it also includes the phone, but I am on unlimited data and unlimited calls. I can even take it roaming for a very small daily fee. The freedom of being able to watch streaming services on the move, or connect my laptop to the internet from practically anywhere without worry about data charges and limits is liberating - previously I had a limit and hardly dared use it for fear of overrunning it.

Bella, Your Kitty-Loving Queen
Community Member
7 months ago

$50 for only 3GB?? That’s crazy I pay 60 for 2 lines of unlimited.

Bunzilla
Community Member
7 months ago

Canada has some of the highest mobile rates in the world. It's a total scam, and Canadians have been complaining about it for years. Nothing has been done.

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Lucifer
Community Member
7 months ago

In India it's way different. It's like 1000 Rupees. (Approx $15) for a monthly plan. Which is 2000GB data @ 150Mbps. Data rates are much much cheaper than in the western countries.

Neutral Neutral
Community Member
7 months ago

India doesn't have 5g. So that's a lie.

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Raksha swami
Community Member
7 months ago

I live in india and I paid 558 ₹(almost 10$) for 3gb/day for 58 days. Including call, text msgs etc. And if you want just net pack then it's 78₹ (1$) for 5 gb. As you guessed most people don't worry about getting a home wifi system.

Chiuki
Community Member
7 months ago

In Italy an unlimited plan is as low as $10. Lower plans, like 50gig is about $5/month & 120gig is about $8

Nor
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh that's not so bad, come to South Africa and have a heart attack with our Data prices

ZAPanda
Community Member
7 months ago

It depends... I have a package with MTN - home wifi they call it. Just ask for SIM only (no router) and put it in your phone, tell them to migrate the number (your number) to the SIM. I''m paying ZAR 256 ($50 for international folks) for 40 GB. No weird time limits or caps either.

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Marika Miettinen
Community Member
7 months ago

I'm from Finland and I pay around 20 euros for unlimited data on my prepaid internet. Been using this for years. Had a flatmate once who had limited data and he'd run out in like a week every time. Kept telling him to switch to the same one that I had, but nope. Idiot.

hwygonowski
Community Member
7 months ago

In Poland, you get unlimited calls, unlimited SMS/MMS and 30 GB internet for 30 zlotys (about 7 euro), no contract

Kevin Beard
Community Member
7 months ago

Ugh Verizon. To be with us you have to have pay for service with us. Okay, what does the service include? Nothing, but once you have "service" then you can add a paid plan that allows you to do something on the service that does nothing.

Vic D
Community Member
7 months ago

Canadians pay the most expensive fee on the planet for cell service and the roaming fees are so ridiculous that I often buy a local sim card when traveling in an other country.

Mari
Community Member
7 months ago

Belgium is such a little country but phoneservices and internet are very very expensive!!!

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Neutral Neutral
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6 months ago

I pay £8 for 20gb with Disney Plus included free for 6 months.

Damon Hill
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7 months ago

Probably the biggest absurdity to all cell phones is the fact the companies won't share towers. Absolutely no reason other than greed why they can't pool their resources and share towers so the cell net could be larger and have better coverage.

Damon Hill
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7 months ago

We have 4 phones on a plan, data is unlimited but decreases in speed after 2gb per device. The kicker is, 2 phones use 0 data, the other 2, just over 2, maybe close to 3 per month. you think they'd set it up so we could have 4gb on the 2 we use? Nope. Only way to get more than 2 is to pay out the nose for it and of course the higher plan applies to all 4 phones so we pay for date on 2 phones that use zero.

Wednesday
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7 months ago

there is a certain company out here in the US offering 4GB for 15 and the coverage is good. Repped and partly owned by a certain Canadian freaking super star who has a gorgeous blonde wife (she has him too so... ) and I think he make some kind of Gin on the side???

Susan Williams
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7 months ago

I pay $100 for a year of minutes +. But, I don't use my phone except when my land line is out. If my cell phone was my only phone, it would not serve my purposes at all, at that low rate, since my minutes are limited on it.

Rick Hoppenbrouwer
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7 months ago

Canadians get totally f--ked by the telecom companies. Government talks real big about fixing and does nothing. I'm Canadian, I know.

dev mehta
Community Member
7 months ago

Cellphone service are ripoff in Canada

Brian Bennett
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7 months ago

Will never happen to me will never own cell phone ever!

Dera Anih
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7 months ago

It's very cheap in India

Bob Stuart
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7 months ago

The people who design 'phone plans must get paid by how much you buy and don't use.

Kevin Reed
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7 months ago

I have Verizon and 30 per line x4 with unlimited 5g is a win for me

mummy pig
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7 months ago

I get daily limit of 1.5gb data plus free data for the rest if the day on 2g speed and free call for 84days by paying $8...

Tan
Community Member
7 months ago

U can get like 2gb data on chips packets in India for 10rupees and 1 dollar is like 70 rupees

NWB
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7 months ago

85 bucks for 60gb and the phone cost

Morris Zelmanovitch
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7 months ago

Absolutely true! Canadians pay some of the highest rates for mobile phones and data.

SoulSurfer
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7 months ago

I'm from Finland and currently living in Malta. My mobile contact is from Finland and in Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania I have unlimited data. On all other EU countries 17Gb and outside EU 5Gb for an extra charge of 5-7€ depending on the country. I pay 20e/month.

Dutchman Callypso
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7 months ago

I pay $66 a month for unlimited high-speed data (Czech Republic) and we're considered one of the most expensive countries in this matter.

Tiny Dynamine
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7 months ago

I use Giffgaff in the UK and my £10 package has now gone up to 15Gb at no extra cost.

Gin. No tonic
Community Member
7 months ago

€8 for 50GB mobile data, and €30 for unlimited data at home.

Ben Ross
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7 months ago

It costs extra in Canada because they have to pay the Moose Mafia.

TinkerTing
Community Member
7 months ago

I also live in Sweden, I pay about 29% a month but I have unlimited calls, texts and about 150 GB per month. An the data that I don't use up is saved and transfers over to the next month. I Currently have like 600 GB to play round with and its great for my needs since I travel a lot and do a lot of editing and online work on the go.

Uber Mensch
Community Member
7 months ago

Hot flash, folks: the phone converts your (analog) voice to digital, and sends it out as - get ready for this - more data. It's still all 1s and 0s, regardless.

James
Community Member
7 months ago

Sorry.

Janus Preez
Community Member
7 months ago

and if you don't use your data within the month, you lose it. So you have to pay for it, its your's to use but at the end of the month....sorry, you took to long to use it so you forfeit it

W Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Mines $60 after taxes & I get unlimited text, calls, internet, everything plus HBOmax and 15g of mobile hotspots per month in the US.

James016
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7 months ago

I pay £8 a month for 4GB and I barely use it

Nicholas Kraemer
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7 months ago

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Did OP ever consider the cost is higher in Canada because the service area is 2000% times bigger in Canada and yet Canada only has 150% more people? Having to provide more infrastructure is going to cost a lot more.

Serbob
Community Member
7 months ago

No. That's not true. Has nothing to do with the infrastructure. It has everything to do with the big data players and what they can get away with. Satellite dishes can be installed anywhere. Landlines already exist. There are plenty of options on infrastructure.

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For those who don’t know what a class ring is, it’s a ring that you can buy when you’re going to graduate. Details vary from ring to ring, but it generally has the school’s logo on it, can be customized a bit, and costs anywhere from $100-$1000 depending on the materials, what school you go to, etc.

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Dasha Slepenkina
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7 months ago

Went to high school in the US and remember them trying to get us to buy one... super expensive and SO ugly! The best part is, everyone was trying to convince me I'd regret not getting one... now I never see anyone wearing theirs. If it's something that makes you happy, go for it, but my school pushed these so hard and plenty of people wasted their money on something they never wear.

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#37

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Robert T
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7 months ago

Depends what cereal you buy. Some contain none at all, some contain a little and some are sugar with a side-helping of actual cereal!

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#38

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Subscriptions like xbox live gold, playstation plus, etcetera...

It feels odd to have to own a console + monitor/tv, buy a game, have an already paid internet subscription and then above that, before you can even play the game (not all of them, it's clearly stated which games you need a subscription for and which not) you need a paid subscription to your console's online service?

They aren't too expensive but it just feels a little odd.. (I do not own any consoles myself nor am I trying to speak bad about console players. It just feels odd to me personally)

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Scagsy
Community Member
7 months ago

It's not always that clear. I've purchased games in good faith and then not been able to play it because it's online only. It's a terrible scam. So infuriating.

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#39

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Pancake mix. You literally only need flour and baking powder plus a bit of salt. That's it. That's all it is. The liquid ingredients (milk, eggs) are still the same. Don't spend your money on boxed pancake mix.

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GirlFriday
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7 months ago

A box of pancake mix is $1. How are you saving money by buying all of the ingredients separately, especially if you don't bake and don't keep baking ingredients on hand?

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#40

40 Things In Our Daily Lives That Many People Don't Realize Are Scams Credit repair companies.

I used to sell this stuff.

You pay $100 a month to send letters to credit companies to fight the debt. If they don't respond in X days, it goes off your credit. You can also dispute it if a name is barely spelt wrong or an address.

You can do this 100% on your own and there are templates online you can print out.

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Eppe
Community Member
7 months ago (edited)

If you can do something yourself, but decide to let someone else do it for you, it's customary to pay that person for their effort. If that's wise when you're already in debt is another matter of course.

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