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Have you ever noticed that nearly every single consumer transaction is a scam?

It would be easier to list out all of the things you can buy that are *not* a scam. Virtually every single company is working overtime to separate you from your money in some shape or form. Even the companies that do provide valuable services try to scam you.

Trial subscriptions automatically convert to monthly bills. Mortgage providers charge you a convenience fee for choosing to pay by debit card rather than bank draft. Consumer packaged goods firms make stealth reductions in the size of the product packaging while holding prices steady. Computer manufacturers swap refurbished parts into your supposedly brand new desktop or laptop thinking you're too dumb to check. Car makers charging you an extra fee to enable software-driven features that are already installed in your fucking car.

Scam, scam, scam. Everything is a god damned scam.

Was it always this way?

by Anonymousreply 2305/05/2021

I assume you are twelve to just be realizing that life is a series of scams.

by Anonymousreply 107/05/2020

Dear OP, we do love in a snake oil salesmen based society. The moment we are born we are groomed to become easy prey for the snake oil salesmen of this world promising to fix us, our issuse, and our problems.

by Anonymousreply 207/05/2020

Sorry, we do LIVE in a snake oil salesmen driven society.

by Anonymousreply 307/05/2020

Once you become less interested in buying and gain wisdom (i.e. once you get old) marketers ignore you completely.

by Anonymousreply 407/05/2020

You negotiate you cable/satellite bill. They give you multiple “ temporary discount”, which expire at different times. So, your bill actually climbs over time to ridiculous amount. Now, you just pay, or have to go through the whole ordeal again. Rinse and repeat.

Anytime you deal with att on the phone, there will always be an “ error” in its favor, requiring another torturous call or three to straighten it out. Att biggest scammers on the planet and yet allowed to do so by the government

by Anonymousreply 507/05/2020

OP is right. Even small businesses who start out truly wanting to be on the square, end up doing scammy things after a few years. I guess they feel they have to in order to compete.

by Anonymousreply 607/05/2020

Dollar Tree is a scam too. It’s not $1, it’s $1 plus tax in most States.

by Anonymousreply 707/05/2020

Yes. Companies with huge amount of resources use physchological data to manipulate us into buying more and beyond our means. Anyone remember sub-prime mortgages of the early 2000s?

by Anonymousreply 807/05/2020

Apple created a software update to slow down older phones to push people into new phones.

Everything is a racket.

by Anonymousreply 907/05/2020

R9 yup, my iPhone XS is running slower than ever. When the contract ends, no more Apple for me.

by Anonymousreply 1007/05/2020

I just ran an errand with three stops and got scammed three times, once at every stop I made. I got scammed at the Burger King, scammed at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and scammed at the fish market.

Scam, scam, scam.

by Anonymousreply 1105/04/2021

Just wait until OP discovers the evils of Bug Pharma.

by Anonymousreply 1205/04/2021

* Big Pharma (but maybe the other as well)

by Anonymousreply 1305/04/2021

It is true. As income disparity increases quality has dropped across the board and conglomerates steal while hiding behind useless customer service responses. Its all a big grift now in the USA.

by Anonymousreply 1405/04/2021

Where's the lie? Ranges from easy to hard to ID.

by Anonymousreply 1505/04/2021

Spectrum owns this thread. They saturate the airwaves with their commercials, and release several new ads weekly; meanwhile the cable service and programming couldn't be worse. I might as well just send their ad agency a monthly check.

I fucking hate Spectrum!

by Anonymousreply 1605/04/2021

"Never give a sucker an even break and never smarten up a chump."

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by Anonymousreply 1705/04/2021

How did u get scammed at Burger King r11?

by Anonymousreply 1805/04/2021

Some of these things aren't scams -- a scam is a misrepresentation.

Dollar Tree isn't lying about prices being $1. They don't say or even imply that you'll only PAY $1 for everything, they just say that the PRICE is $1 -- if the law then adds sales tax and/or a bottle deposit for soda, that's not part of the PRICE, it's a separate tax or deposit (which the store is required to collect from you but must then turn over to the government).

Mortgage lenders that charge a service fee if you pay by debit or credit card aren't misrepresenting anything (as long as they tell you up front that you'll be charged that fee), they're just recovering the expense that they'll incur by accepting payment in that form instead of requiring a check.

Products that are sold in a familiar looking package that contains less than it used to aren't misrepresenting the size as long as they print the accurate weight on the label -- if you don't bother to read the label because the picture on the bag is the same cute kittykat it always was, that's your own decision.

The world is full of con artists who are trying to trick you but not everyone is like Trump. Most people in the world of commerce may be greedy but that's not the same as being dishonest.

by Anonymousreply 1905/04/2021

R5, I remember getting phone bills with 900-numbers on them. I lived alone and was at work when these calls were supposedly made. Customer service called it a “computer error” and cheerfully removed the charges. It was only because I checked the phone bill carefully every month that I caught on. How many people do that? And now they can just zap a payment. Back then I wrote a check and balanced a checkbook.

by Anonymousreply 2005/04/2021

Has anyone ever gotten an unsolicited Email that wasn't a scam. Even one?

by Anonymousreply 2105/05/2021

R19 loves shit.

by Anonymousreply 2205/05/2021

Everything going towards the rental model. My biggest pet peeve. And the assholes I unfortunately chose to repair my house after a storm. What a bunch of scam artists. By I presume all the rest of them are too.

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