Companies have become experts at encouraging people to purchase overpriced items on a regular basis. These products are much more expensive than it has any reason to be and generally contribute heavily to the company’s bottom line. Here are some ridiculously overpriced products that we continue to purchase regularly, providing the companies that sell these products with billions of dollars in profit every year.
How much did the last greeting card you purchased cost? Most consumers fork over between $2 and $4 for these colorful pieces of paper decorated with a pretty picture on the front and a few clever words inside. Companies have made greeting card giving into a cultural tradition, with birthday greetings and holiday greetings topping the list, so that consumers will have an excuse to purchase more of the cards. Instead of purchasing an expensive greeting card from a retail store, you may want to consider creating your own card, writing a letter, or calling by phone to have a personal conversation.
Brand Name Clothing
The name on the label of your clothing can cost you a lot while providing you with nothing additional. Brand name clothing can be priced 500% to 1,000% higher than similar off-brand items and the difference in quality rarely justifies the higher price. Being fashionable is not worth draining your bank account or going into debt, especially since fashion changes every season. Your clothing should be purchased for fit and comfort and the name on the label can easily be ignored.
Movie Theater Popcorn
Did you know that the $6 medium-sized bag of popcorn you purchased at a movie theater could be purchased in the grocery store for $3 and you get two additional medium sized bags? Consumers have been conditioned by repeated advertisements to believe that you should have some popcorn to make the movie watching experience complete. This results in many moviegoers purchasing popcorn every time they see a movie in a theater. A healthier snack brought from home, or even some chewing gum, may be a better option for your wallet and your health.