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#1 of 91 Chu Gai

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Posted January 11 2006 - 03:43 AM

1) Razor blades. I use Mach 3 disposables. Why they cost a bit over a buck each I can't figure out because they're cranking them out faster than can be imagined. It's not like their little circuits. Drop the price already.

2) Bottled water. I really don't understand why bottled water costs as much as it does. It's not beer or soda. There's pretty minimal advertising and the pagaging isn't much to brag about. QC isn't all that much either considering you've got to do the same QC and a hell of a lot more for beverages.

I guess there's a lot of other things that just don't seem reasonably priced to me considering what they're made of or how they're made. Anybody else has things they think are just overpriced?

#2 of 91 Linda Thompson

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Posted January 11 2006 - 03:49 AM

1 - Batteries (I've switched almost exclusively to rechargables due to the expense of disposables)

2 - Printer ink cartridges (a full replacement set sometimes cost more than the printer itself)

#3 of 91 WillG

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Posted January 11 2006 - 03:49 AM

Premium priced 2-Disc "Deluxe" editions of DVD where some studios set an MSRP of $10 more than the one disc version for a disc of some extras.
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#4 of 91 Scott Merryfield

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Posted January 11 2006 - 03:51 AM

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Bottled water.

We were just having this conversation literally 5 minutes ago here at work, while I was filling up my Dasani bottle at the filtered water machine and joking that I needed to make some more bottled water.

#5 of 91 Francois Caron

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Posted January 11 2006 - 04:10 AM

Penn & Teller did a segment on bottled water. One manufacturer was filling their bottles with a small town's water supply. Basically, tap water! Posted Image

As for razor blades, I wouldn't know. I have a beard. The only disadvantage? I look like an escaped convict on my passport photo! Posted Image

#6 of 91 Garrett Lundy

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Posted January 11 2006 - 04:17 AM

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.....One manufacturer was filling their bottles with a small town's water supply. Basically, tap water!

The water conglomerate Bisleri takes the well water from Chateaugay, NY (shat-oh-Gee if your French Shad-ah-gay if your from Chatauegay) and sells it all over the country using an assortment of brand names.

So upstate NY may have a sucky night-life, but we get pricey bottled water on tap! Posted Image
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Posted January 11 2006 - 04:18 AM

I agree with all the above.
I'll add Starbucks or any coffe joint.
Milk at a resturant.
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#8 of 91 MichaelBA

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Posted January 11 2006 - 04:27 AM

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#9 of 91 SethH

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Posted January 11 2006 - 04:33 AM

2) Bottled water. I really don't understand why bottled water costs as much as it does. It's not beer or soda. There's pretty minimal advertising and the pagaging isn't much to brag about. QC isn't all that much either considering you've got to do the same QC and a hell of a lot more for beverages.


I have a friend that used to work at Coke Bottling (or whatever the official name is). Anyway, he said it's actually cheaper to make soda than water. I know that sounds crazy, but he says they use the same tap water for Coke and Desani, but the mineral packet they put in the Desani is more expensive than the syrup for the Coke.

I still think it's nuts to pay that much for bottled water, but just thought I'd add that piece of information.

#10 of 91 Anthony Moore

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Posted January 11 2006 - 06:18 AM

I'll second all of those..with an emphasis on Milk at a restaurant. What the hell? Its like $3 for a small glass and no refills!
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#11 of 91 Mark Shannon

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Posted January 11 2006 - 06:26 AM

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Printer ink cartridges (a full replacement set sometimes cost more than the printer itself)

I work at Staples: Business Depot, and would have to concur. There's actually someone who works with me who, half the time, convinces the customer to just buy a printer instead.

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the same tap water for Coke and Desani, but the mineral packet they put in the Desani is more expensive than the syrup for the Coke.

See, now this is the reason I will NEVER drink Dasani. It's not like it's spring water, or anything. No, it's tap water with a mineral packet in it. Ew.

Oh, and might I add to the list, books. Specifically, hard cover books. Way to expensive if you ask me.

#12 of 91 JonZ

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Posted January 11 2006 - 06:30 AM

"So upstate NY may have a sucky night-life, but we get pricey bottled water on tap!"

My girlfriend lives on a mountain right off the Taconic in Fishkill NY and has artesian well water.
Its very celan and tates better than most bottled water Ive had. I save $ on bottled water by just filling up at her house.

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#13 of 91 MichaelBA

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Posted January 11 2006 - 06:34 AM

Homes. Yes.

$431,000 median price for a home where I am.

And for that you get two bedrooms in only a marginally decent neighborhood at best.

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#14 of 91 Micah Cohen

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Posted January 11 2006 - 06:52 AM

Yeh for gentrification! Around here, $400+K buys you a 12x50 row home in a trash-strewn, anti-parking, homeless convention of a neighborhood! Suckers!

Hard back books are ridiculously overpriced. So are $7 paperbacks. When I used to work in bookstores, we had to tear the covers off of returns, return the covers and TRASH THE BOOK ITSELF. Insane. Thank goodness for used bookstores and for The Baltimore Bookthing. Never pay full price for a book! NEVER!

Cheese. Cheese is also overpriced, as far as I'm concerned.

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#15 of 91 Colton

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:02 AM

The #1 over-priced item ...

APPETIZERS! Go to any resturant and appetizers cost just as much as a regular meal. Why bother? Appetizers should be half of what a normal meal would cost and sometimes they bring it out about the same time your main course comes. Seven bucks for fried cheese sticks? No way! It's outrageous! I'm mad just thinking about it! Posted Image Posted Image

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#16 of 91 Hunter P

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:12 AM

Printer ink cartridges (a full replacement set sometimes cost more than the printer itself)

This is how the printer companies make their money. Sell the printer at cost or for a loss so that you are locked into a specific cartridge for refills. This is why printer cartridges are not standardized.
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#17 of 91 Brandon_T

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:15 AM

Thats a good one Colton. I would say Gasoline, but I don't want to start that whole thing up again...

For me personally, diapers seem over priced, but that could just be me.

#18 of 91 Jason Harbaugh

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:18 AM

Cable TV - $50 for basic? I get 30 more channels if I just hook up a tv with a tuner to the cable, than if I pay for the lowest package.

Broadband - It's been 6 years now since broadband went mainstream and it costs more than when it debuted! And back then there weren't any caps on the pipe.

#19 of 91 Scott McGillivray

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:35 AM

How does that old quote go?

Something like, "Everything is worth exactly what you pay for it."

So, is razor blades (or whatever) are considered over priced, then don't buy them. If one is willing to pay for them, then that is what they are worth.

But what the heck do I know...I am no economist.
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#20 of 91 Lynda-Marie

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Posted January 11 2006 - 07:57 AM

As for printer cartridges, my brother and I always go with recycled. In fact, there is a company that has little kiosks set up in many of the local malls here in Washington State that will fill empties for about 10 bucks for a black ink, and 15-20 for color.

As for me, expense gripes -

1. Movie tickets - unless it is a movie my brothers and I REALLY want to see [we're sci fi/adventure/fantasy fans] we usually wait until the silly thing is on DVD.

2. Movie theater concessions - I worked at a theater when I was 19, and I know for a fact that that is where the theaters make their money, since the studios take most of the box office receipts. I mean, 5 bucks for a candy bar you can get at a regular store for $1.99 or less? Why not just beg moviegoers to bring in their own snacks?

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