20 Products That Are “Criminally Overpriced” According To Folks

Published 1 year ago

Global recession seems to be a hot topic these days. So, we thought we’d explore the current cost of living. Turns out that a lot of folks feel big businesses are exploiting people in various ways. This could be through market monopolization tactics, manipulation of supply and demand and in some cases just overpricing of goods way beyond what should be ethically acceptable.

So, what are a few items of purchase where greedy companies are totally exploiting people to make maximum profit? The people have spoken and we’ve selected some of the most popular responses to compile the following list. After all, knowledge is power and if we want to change something, first we need to educate ourselves and hopefully it will lead to the change we want to see in the world.

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I know everybody is going to give better answers, but for the life of me, I cannot understand why suitcases are so expensive.

They’re just plastic shells, a zip and some wheels, yet they sell for hundreds.


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Bottled water. Seriously it’s water. Turn the tap and it’s free.


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Human pharmaceuticals. My dog needed a chelation medication that my vet specifically said was on the pricy side but recommended a pharmacy that she worked with. I called with prescription in hand, and they quoted $3,000+ for a month’s supply. Then the rep stated they accidentally read the cost for humans. Dog cost was actually $60. Same dosage, same pill count, but adding chicken flavor and putting a little dog on the label dropped the price 98%.


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College books.


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Feminine sanitary products. Or just products targeted towards women in general. Especially in the US, I never realised how much women there were paying for pads until I visited family there. Might as well use dollar bills as pads at this stage.


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Airport food and drinks. $7 for a granola bar. $6.95 for water. $22 for beer. $17 for a chicken wrap. $9 for trail mix. It’s criminal.


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Mental healthcare.


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Ink jet cartridges.


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Anything with the word “wedding” attached; photographer, cake, etc.


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Eyeglasses. Because of a blatant monopoly.

“Luxottica controls 80% of the major brands in the $28 billion global eyeglasses industry….” (Forbes)


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Inhalers. I have a cr**py high deductible plan and pay $220 a month for something I need to breathe


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Ticket website service fees!


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Adobe software.


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Baby formula, if you can find it.


Diapers should NOT be this expensive especially considering how often they’re used.

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Anyone Christmas shopping right now might notice how ridiculously expensive kids toys are.

Shanilou Perera

Shanilou has always loved reading and learning about the world we live in. While she enjoys fictional books and stories just as much, since childhood she was especially fascinated by encyclopaedias and strangely enough, self-help books. As a kid, she spent most of her time consuming as much knowledge as she could get her hands on and could always be found at the library. Now, she still enjoys finding out about all the amazing things that surround us in our day-to-day lives and is blessed to be able to write about them to share with the whole world as a profession.

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expensive, marketing, media manipulation, Monopoly, politics, unethical business
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