We can all agree on the obvious things that are way too expensive, right?

Insulin, health insurance (in the U.S.), etc.

You know what I’m talking about…

Well, now it’s time to take a look at things that people on AskReddit think are unnecessarily expensive. Let’s take a look.

1. The boat life.

“Anything to do with boats. I’m one of the relatively few non-wealthy people who I involved in the sport of sailing and the mark-ups are absurd. Take gloves for example. You can get a 6-pack of gardening gloves for $12.

But if you want garden-style “sailing gloves” (literally the same thing) it’ll cost you $15 for one pair, and other styles are even more expensive. Needless to say I just use gardening gloves.”

2. Huge markup.

“Eyeglass frames.

They are all made by the same company from the same materials, even the designer ones. It’s all luxottica, all the way down.

Glasses cost about $20 total to make but they sell them to you for $200. Markup is often 1000%.”

3. That’s criminal.

“Supplies for the blind.

Grandmother is legally blind. I was looking at supplies that would help with reading.

Minimum 500 bucks.”

4. Sketchy.

“Any kind of education textbook. And schools often require that you buy a new version every year, even though they often contain only minor changes.

If I could, I’d invest in textbook companies, but it’s interesting that they’re pretty much all privately owned.”

5. What?!?!

“Trash cans!!

Simple human brand trash cans are so popular and they’re literally $80 for a plastic can with a step open!”

6. It is pricey…


Up charge for food, add a delivery fee, and add a tip, why would I pay $50 for two Chipotle burritos?

Because I’m a lazy POS…”

7. Right on the money.

“Food. In the US you can only get unhealthy food cheap.

I moved to Germany and food is really inexpensive, even organic. Just one of many factors why Americans have an increasing obesity rate.”

8. Whoa!

“Emergency medi-flight.

I understand the cost of fuel, wear and tear on the helicopter, as well as the pilot and medical staff.

But $5,000 a mile? My ambulance ride to the heliport and ensuing helicopter ride ended up about $250,000.”

9. Shady.

“Towing fees.

Why the f**k are those so expensive? What’s the breakdown? I live in a small city where a regular towing fee can be over $500+. Then, I go to bigger cities and hear towing fees can get up to $1000+.

How is this even legal for such a minor offense like parking in the wrong spot or parking somewhere too long. Not saying you shouldn’t be towed if you’re committing that offense, however, bankrupting people just to get THEIR personal property back seems so illegal to me and just downright unethical.”

10. Sad!

“Train rides in America.

Gonna cost me nearly twice as much to take a train across the country and way longer than a flight?!

I love trains but they are just not practicable in most of America (some exceptions around DC area and east coast). That is what limited investment looks like.”

11. It’s true.

“Being poor, the charges for being late on this, or slipping up on that, going negative in your account. Those little things are designed to help keep the poor poorer and the rich richer.

Some things that are illegal are really just a ticket inconvenience to a wealthy person with connections, or a crooked government worker!”

12. USA!

“As an American, the answer is medical care.

It doesn’t cost the facility anywhere near $1,000 to give me an x-ray, but that is what they charge.”

13. Insane.

“Chemotherapy. My infusions are $18k apiece.

I’m lucky that it’s not for cancer and I only get it twice a year and I have insurance but like, WTF.”

14. Nerd alert!

“Graphing calculators.

They’ve been using the same model for 20+ years (17 if we’re talking a TI-84), and the prices are ridiculous.”

15. Yes.

“Vending machines on the secure side of airports.

You can’t bring the $2 coke you bought within line of sight of the checkpoint through because it could be a bomb.

You can buy another one once you get past security however! But now it’s $6. The machines are literally within sight of each other.”

16. Terrible.

“Funerals in general.

Some funeral companies are a complete rip off preying on people’s grief.”

17. Rugs!

“Dude, f**k rug prices.

I’m seriously thinking about buying some sad Walmart priced rugs from here on out.

No need for fancy stuff that’s going to be walked on.”

18. Definitely.

“College textbooks.

That s**t is incredibly overpriced here in the US.”

19. Oh, boy…

“I work at an amusement park that, just this year, started selling alcohol. $9 for a 12-ounce, drinkable beverage, $12 for a 16- ounce Bud Light.

Their reasoning was, people won’t pay those crazy prices to get d**nk. They’ll have one or two.

If they’re going to get d**nk, they’ll do what they always have done, and drink in the parking lot beforehand. Now they can buy one in the park to mask their booze breath.

To be fair, the number of d**nks hasn’t changed, and the park is making some extra, much-needed cash.”

20. For “convenience.”

“Anything that adds on an administrative fee or convenience fee.

Why is it an extra $20 to push a button?”

21. That’s lame.

“My apartment complex has a $16 ‘fee’ for online payments and has recently gone cashless so you have no choice but to pay the extra 16 on top of rent.

It may not seem like a lot, but it does start to add up.”

22. It adds up.

“Going to the dentist.

Why is dental insurance different than health insurance?

My teeth are not luxury bones I should pay to keep healthy and in my mouth.”

23. I guess you need one…


They sell for over 10 times what they cost to manufacture.

I worked in the industry for a few decades.

The retail is typically double wholesale

And wholesale is typically double manufactured cost

So they sell for about 4x what it costs to make them.”

24. Absolutely.

“Ticketmaster’s service fees.

Always order your tickets by calling or visiting the performance venue directly. You can avoid a ton of the fees you would otherwise be charged, and the customer service is nearly always several grades better than what you’ll get with a faceless entity that really doesn’t care about you at all.”

What do you think about this?

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