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Savvy Customers Share The Dirty Business Tricks People Actually Fall For

From the one-person small business to the multi-national corporation, everybody is just out there trying to make some cash. That means getting that money is an incredibly competitive proposition, to the point where nearly every industry has its tried-and-true trade secrets as to how to lock down a sale.

Which is to say there are a million tiny little scams that are so subtle and so clever that most of us don’t even notice them. Some people got on Reddit to open our eyes as to all the many ways we’re all being routinely cheated.


1. Oh yeah, well, this tip from twrkconexnprblms is made with 100 percent truth nuggets.

Made “from” or “with” 100% something

Just because something is made with 100% of something doesn’t mean that the thing itself is 100% that thing.


2. kukukele says that not only do you help people in need, but you help a company pay less taxes.

It’s not dirty as it’s legal but there is a reason that stores ask you to donate some amount to a charity or fund. They can use your donation to help them get a tax write off.


3. Your grandparents probably can’t handle this truth bomb from JoeyZasaa.

I waited tables in a restaurant and one time I decided to pour a cup of soup into an empty bowl (a bowl of soup costs a good bit more than a cup of soup at the restaurant). The cup filled up the bowl to the top.


4. A chart-topper from Reverend_Mikey.

The “best-sellers” book lists are not actually based on the number of books sold to consumers. They are based on the number of books sold by the distributor. So if someone like… Bill O’Reilly… wanted to claim he had the best selling book in America, his publisher could use a third party clearing house to order a million copies of the book at a highly discounted rate (like, .50 cents a book). The clearing house can then turn around and sell those books to Books-a-Million, Barnes and Noble, etc. at a highly discounted rate, which is why you see certain authors… like Bill O’Reilly… always in the bargain bin. But even if nobody bought those books at the store level, the distributor can still report that 1 million copies of the book have been sold.


5. Good news: A1_ThickandHearty says you can wait far longer to be awkwardly coerced into buying new windshield wipers and transmission fluid.

Places that change your oil put a sticker on your wind shield to remind you to get it changed again after 3000 miles. In reality you could go at least double that distance and it will probably be fine


6. Scratching the surface with kickasstimus.

The “You won a TV / $5,000 / bass boat!” scams at car dealerships.

Generally, you get a flyer in the mail that says “scratch off x to see if you won!”

You always “win” the biggest prize but when you read the fine print, you actually only win the right to spin some wheel or put your name in a box for a drawing.


7. One to sleep on from hkgolding.

Mattress stores that have the “find it anywhere else for cheaper, you get your money back!” deal contract with the manufacturer to make the exact same model of bed, but with a model name specific to that store, so nobody can ever cash in on that deal.


8. A reasonably unreasonable tale of unreasonable reasonableness from btontojem.

My cousin worked as a customer service rep for a phone company that had “unlimited data.” He took a lot of calls from people screaming about how their unlimited had run-out. The company claimed it was “unlimited to a reasonable degree.” If your usage got to the arbitrary unreasonable amount that was never written anywhere, you were cut off.


9. It’s actually not because you’re opening the bag on the way home from the store, so says airbreather02.

Watch the ever changing price of pre-packaged food goods at most grocery stores. One day the price ‘may’ seem to go down, but if you checked the weight, it has also gone down. Snack foods do this constantly.

I like buying these breaded frozen chicken breast fillets at my local grocery store, been buying them for a long time. They were $11.99 Cdn for 908 grams (2 lbs). Last week they were $11.99 Cdn, for 750 grams (1.65 lbs or 1 lb, 10 ozs). That product just went up 21% in price!


10. access547 points to tricky business perpetuated with only about the most simple math possible.

“every month” and “every 4 weeks” sound similar, but are different. Paying every month gets you 12 payments, every 4 weeks gets you 13


11. Today’s special, from turingtested: Sort of gross!

In restaurants, the daily special or the ‘chef’s choice’ option for things like cheese plates and desserts means ‘the stuff that will expire tonight.’


12. slightlyintoout pokes holes in your theory that Mr. Ross and Ms. T.J. Maxx are not the bargain-hunting wholesale masters you dreamed they were.

A lot of ‘outlets’ these days actually have lines specifically manufactured for them that are never sold in the original stores.


13. It’s pretty coolant of papadirty to share this bit of knowledge.

As a HVAC mechanic, I hear of people being told they have to “top up” their cars AC, home AC, fridge etc.

A refrigeration system is hermetically sealed. If it’s low it has a leak, that leak must be fixed. Some amount of common sense must be used. If a cars AC drops 10psi over the winter then, personally, I’d say throw a few ounces of gas in it and have a good day.

But I know of people, mostly seniors, who pay huge yearly bills to have their heat pump or home AC system topped up.


14. gumenski says that car dealerships are exactly as nasty as you would think they are, if not more so.

Car dealerships that tell you your financing numbers and say you’re “approved”, then let you drive your car for a week so you can fall in love with it, and then break the news to you that your loan didn’t actually go through based on unforeseen circumstances and it will have a bit higher interest rate than they originally thought.


15. GrizzlyManOnWire has advice that’s as true today as it ever was: don’t fill up on bread.

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The higher priced items like prime rib and seafood is typically at the end of the buffet line and cheaper more filling options like bread and mashed potatoes are at the front. They hope you fill up your plate space/stomach space by the time you get to the high ticket items.

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