1. Home
  2. Chat
  3. What Do You Think Are some of Biggest Rip Offs?

What Do You Think Are some of Biggest Rip Offs?

Ask a Question

According to a survey the following items are some of the biggest rip offs

  1. Cinema Popcorn & Snacks
  2. High Street Coffees
  3. Bottled Water
  4. Cash Machine Charges
  5. Minibars
  6. Glasses & Contacts
  7. Text Messaging & Picture Messaging
  8. Cables (HDMI, USB, ETC)

Do you agree? and do you have any others?

Cinema popcorn/snacks and cash machine charges are the most annoying! Charging you to get your own money out....no thanks.

SilverSurfer
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
ACR
ACR2 weeks ago

I wouldn't have put cables on my list. Good cables are expensive. If you've spent a lot of money on tech then you probably want optimum sound, picture, etc and stop external interference - EMI/RFI/ESI (electromagnetic interference, radio frequency interference, electrostatic interference)

I would add the price of train tickets, ticket booking fees and the price of a pint of beer in pubs - I'm often paying around £12 for a couple of pints.

Like
Reply
2
Mick82
Mick822 weeks ago

ACR I stopped drinking a good few years ago last time I bought myself a pint it was £1.80

Like
Reply
4
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

ACR Yeah the price of train tickets are ridiculous and no wonder so many people use cars

Like
Reply
3
tumblespots
tumblespots2 weeks ago

How about all the taxes we pay

Income Tax

Capital Gains Tax

National Insurance

VAT

Corporation Tax

Bank payroll Tax

Petroleum Revenue Tax

Fuel Duties

Inheritance Tax

Stamp Duty

Tobacco Duties

Spirits Duties

Beer Duties

Wines Duties

Cider Duties

Betting & Gaming Duties

Air Passenger Duty

Insurance Premium Tax

Landfill Tax

Climate Change Levy

Aggregates Tax

The BBC - let's face it - you can't not pay it, ergo, it's a tax

I'm sure this is not exhaustive so please add more when you think of them.

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

tumblespots it would be interesting to see how the bbc would cope without tv licensing money

Like
Reply
2
tumblespots
tumblespots2 weeks ago

SilverSurfer The sooner the better!

Like
Reply
dawarwick
dawarwick2 weeks ago

The ice they put drinks in fast food outlets so you only pay for a cup two thirds full

Like
Reply
5
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

dawarwick ha ha you can pay full price for a either half a cup or half a cup that looks like a full cup

Like
Reply
1
Lynibis
Lynibis2 weeks ago

You can actually ask for no ice but to be honest I prefer lots of ice otherwise I find it too strong and fizzy. Very rarely drink any type of pop these days.

Like
Reply
dawarwick
dawarwick2 weeks ago

Charging the public for using hospital car parks when visiting in-patients.

Like
Reply
5
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

dawarwick totally, as long as you can prove you are visiting then you shouldn’t pay

Like
Reply
2
cjevans
cjevans2 weeks ago

dawarwick I had to pay £48 for parking as my daughter was in for 5 days, they wouldn't let me buy the 7 day pass for £30🙃

Like
Reply
2
dawarwick
dawarwick2 weeks ago

cjevans disgusting innit 😡

Like
Reply
1
MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

cjevans I feel your pain. I was in the hospital for 2 weeks when I had my son, it cost my husband a fortune in parking. It was only when leaving we found out that we could have gotten a 25% discount as we were on the NICU!

Like
Reply
1
wibblewobble
wibblewobble2 weeks ago

dawarwick yes!!! this absolutely enrages me and there's never anywhere else to park (like a side street) and then walk over to the hospital, it's all double red lines!! £3.80/hr at my local hospital... it's criminal 🤬🤬🤬🙈

Like
Reply
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

MrsCraig 25% discount is an insult.

Like
Reply
MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

SilverSurfer at that time we were focused on our son, when you are going through something like that parking is the last thing you are worried about, but when you are going through something like that you shouldn't be paying for parking

Like
Reply
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

MrsCraig Parking is something you shouldn't have to think about in that situation and should be free as we all pay enough taxes

Like
Reply
1
gerrykelly25
gerrykelly252 weeks ago

dawarwick yes I agree. Not only the public, but staff are also charged. It’s a disgrace

Like
Reply
blacklabrador
blacklabrador2 weeks ago

Printer Ink - I don't know how it's made, but I'm guessing it's 80% liquid gold judging by the price.

Like
Reply
6
G0501
G05012 weeks ago

Oh yeah I'd agree with that!

Like
Reply
3
SalmaS
SalmaS2 weeks ago

Completely agree with this one, they cost soo much but don't even last long.

Like
Reply
3
telmel
telmel2 weeks ago

You beat me to it B , for me thats the biggest rip off

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

blacklabrador Yep agree. I know a lad who works in a ink factory and the owners are raking it in

Like
Reply
4
Lynibis
Lynibis2 weeks ago

Quite often it is cheaper to buy a whole new printer than just the ink. I find that reprehensible when we are meant to be saving the planet!

Like
Reply
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

Lynibis Actually just reminded me that its similar with air freshener refills, you can usually get a better deal with buying the air freshener with refills than just buying the refills

Like
Reply
1
MelissaLee1963
MelissaLee19632 weeks ago

Face creams..when plain ol aqueous cream or oil will do

Like
Reply
1
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

MelissaLee1963 don’t really know much about creams but I can imagine a lot of people will get ripped off with being certain brands

Like
Reply
2
angelik
angelik2 weeks ago

I agree with cash machines that charge you- we have two of those in our local area, I never see anyone using them.

I think the price of postage is a rip off. It costs so much to send things these days and it just keeps going up.

Like
Reply
2
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

angelik People must be desperate to allow a company to charge you a fee for your own cash

Like
Reply
2
angelik
angelik2 weeks ago

SilverSurfer We've had a couple of bank branches on our high street close down this year, so the remaining bank cash machines always have massive queues and quite often one or more is out of order. But I'd never go and use one that charges. I checked the ones near me out of curiosity a while back and it said they charge you 99p.

Like
Reply
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

angelik I hate queuing but I would rather be queue than spend a fee to get my own money

Like
Reply
Nadiaparveen
Nadiaparveen2 weeks ago

Certain beauty/toiletry products from boots/superdrugs, which you can buy the exact same product for much cheaper in the discounter stores

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

Nadiaparveen I can imagine people get duped into buying more expensive brands

Like
Reply
3
Mick82
Mick822 weeks ago

In some of the local schools you have to pay for or lessons think it’s a absolute disgrace

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

Mick82 I’ve never heard of it but sounds ridiculous

Like
Reply
2
FG280
FG2802 weeks ago

Diesel / petrol! The amount it has increased and continues to increase is crazy!

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

FG280 tell me about it!

Like
Reply
3
tumblespots
tumblespots2 weeks ago

They ought to go back to giving us the price per gallon - people would be up in arms!

Like
Reply
FG280
FG2802 weeks ago

In fact, most energy providers, e.g. gas / electricity, oil, etc just taking huge annual price hikes. Frustrating when not very many alternatives / options, but to pay it!

Like
Reply
2
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

FG280 yeah we should able to generate our own power but we can’t be allowing the fat cats to lose money

Like
Reply
3
FG280
FG2802 weeks ago

SilverSurfer exactly! The set up/ start up costs for renewable energy are crazy. It should be so much more appealing and achievable to set up, not huge upfront payments and years to recoup!

Like
Reply
didbygraham
didbygraham2 weeks ago

Booking fees for tickets - and then you have to pay postage fees too sometimes. One site I used for tickets last year ended up paying two lots of booking fees and two lots of postage fees for two tickets - which came in the same envelope.

Like
Reply
4
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

didbygraham ridiculous sending them in same envelope

Like
Reply
2
seasider71
seasider712 weeks ago

Football in general and especially the shirts - around £60/70 for Premier League teams.

Like
Reply
3
SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer
Original Poster
2 weeks ago

seasider71 Yeah £65 for my teams home shirt and the football is abysmal

Like
Reply
3
davidstockport
davidstockport2 weeks ago

If people want to waste money on football shirts it can hardly be called a rip off, it isn't even compulsory to wear one to attend the matches unless you're one of the players.😀

Like
Reply
3
seasider71
seasider712 weeks ago

Also velcro.....what a rip-off!

Image

Like
Reply
3
dawarwick
dawarwick2 weeks ago

seasider71 you know the man who invented Velcro died today… RIP

Like
Reply
3
Golfforall
Golfforall2 weeks ago

Amazon (especially Marketplace -"Deals " 🙄 many posted on here ! )

Check them out - Identical items (maybe with a different brand stamp , but the photos are identical ) all with widely optimistic "original prices" and various vouchers /discounts off those totally made up prices .

Muscle massagers , shavers , resistance bands , thermometers , oximeters - to name but a few .

Members check out identical items on Amazon and EBay and save yourself from being ripped off ? Maybe the Latest Deals moderators should do that before allowing such items to be posted ?

Like
Reply
2
One of the UK's largest deal hunting communities

Join for free to get genuine deals, money saving advice and help from our friendly community

Kelsey, Tom
& Deepak
Founders
Founders of Latest Deals
We use cookies (e.g. personalisation, analytics, social media). Find out more.