AmenI remember years ago, in another state, getting a ticket for an
expired inspection. When i asked the police officer how much the ticket would
be he told me it ranged from $20-$25. I was shocked when i had to pay over
$100! Yes, the fine was $25, but the "fees" were over $75. One of the ridiculous fees from the airlines are paying extra for "
premium" seats. No, we're not talking about seats in business or first
class. The "premium" seats are in coach. One can pay extra to be
packed in like a sardine!
I went to the optometrist yesterday and the have a new "fitting fee" for
contacts if your prescription has changed. $45 bucks for them to have MY
DAUGHTER put them in and say, "yep, they are good." Ok, that's
another $45.Fitting fee for contacts...... And they'll wonder
why everyone decides to buy contacts online instead.
@ Ultra BobNot only don't we know how much we pay, we
don't know for what we pay. We know that gasoline taxes pay
for roads but why aren't they kept painted and repaired? Now they want a
"mileage tax" which is an excuse to increase tax revenue. If I use a
tank of fuel a month versus a tank a week, I have already paid either 4 times
the amount of gas tax or 1/4th. So it is mileage driven already.We
paid Social Security for years, only to have Congress rob the fund for other
things.How much was the building permit on your home? Your City
used the money for parks or the Mayor's pet project or to hire another
fireman, etc. It didn't cost anywhere near the amount you were charged for
the inspection and plan fees to provide that service, even if the "impact
fees" went as directed.Businesses that gouge can go out of
business, but the government is always there taking whatever they want and
refusing to buy another snowplow and truck with an additional driver as the city
population and number of streets grows.Go figure.
So, is business imitating government or does government imitate business in the
multitude of fees, usually called taxes in government. With all the
different taxes and exceptions and exemptions does anyone really know how much
he pays for government?
I agree wholeheartedly. Airfares are the worst, but others are trying to follow
suit. There is no such thing as a real price for a lot of things anymore.
Everything is on sale, like the $99 airfare to someplace. But then there are the
levies, fees, surcharges, riders, taxes, adjustments, modifiers, upgrades, you
name it. They've gotten creative at finding things to charge for and what
to call them. It's insidious, and unfair to the consumer.
"Greed is Good"; the new American motto.
There's no such thing as a free lunch.The biggest scam
mentioned in this piece is the mobile phone two year contract. If you add up
the price you pay over two years, the cost of that 'free' phone, you
would be surprised. I prefer to pay the fee up front, and then I don't
have to have a contract. My monthly price is lower, and I can cancel any time
for any reason.
Other countries include sales tax in prices, so you can actually buy a $3.00 box
of cereal for three dollar bills. Of course, they then figure the sales tax
themselves, but the buying process is much simpler for the consumer.
Absolutely I agree with this article! Banks are soooooooo worried about losing
money and they are making it hand-over-fist. Airlines used to provide service
but no longer do for the casual traveler (sound like banks?). And worst of all
now, for a small business, the US Congress (Senate, anyway) wants to add sales
tax to purchases. Gimmie a break, politicians!!