12 Popular Purchases That Are Nothing Short of Daylight Robbery

Krystal Smith

In today’s world, it often feels like everything is getting more expensive. However, some purchases come with outrageous price tags that seem outright scandalous. These twelve examples highlight the astonishing costs that can leave us feeling robbed, from essential items to luxury goods. Whether it’s the soaring prices of college textbooks or the eye-watering medical care expenses, these items force us to question the actual value of what we’re paying for. We look at everyday purchases that might make you think twice before opening your wallet.

College Textbooks

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Students are likely to have the least disposable money, yet the cost of college books is extortionate. We know they can be handed down to people who are willing to buy secondhand, but seriously, put the course material online already! There is indeed much hard work that goes into researching and publishing the material in the text, but splashing out for a book that costs the same as a week of food shopping is enough to make us cry.

Gym Memberships

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If you want to use the best equipment and have the body you desire, then you do need to splash out, but the cost of a gym membership can often be one of the highest outgoings for people. If gym memberships were more reasonably priced, more people would sign up, and gyms would retain more clients.

Bottled Water

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In most places, drinking water is safe, yet people pay hundreds of dollars a month for bottled water. Add in the fact that most bottled water uses plastic, and drinking bottled water is double the crime. With a focus on the environment, it is hoped that there will be a reduction in the amount of plastic used for bottled water.


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Loaded with syrup and frothy milk, is there quality coffee in a frappuccino? Instagram’s favorite drink may look great and taste OK, but does it warrant the high price tag?


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Diamonds are undoubtedly beautiful, and they have been the symbol of love for generations, with engagement rings, diamond bracelets, and precious necklaces being given to men and women around the world. Despite the high price tags diamonds bring, they are not as rare as some precious stones, yet due to demand, the diamond industry feels they can charge what they want.


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A bouquet of flowers you picked up on sale from your local florist costs $50, but the same bunch when you order for a wedding costs $200. The same goes for cake, drinks, and every other ‘must-have’ wedding item. The average cost of a wedding in the US is an eye-watering $30,000, and we can think of a lot of things we would rather spend her money on.

Medical Costs

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Even with medical insurance, the price of being sick is enough to make us even sicker. When we are in pain, we will do anything to make us feel better, but when the bill comes through afterward, we truly know what pain is. This can often lead to people not getting the medical attention they need, which can be very dangerous.

Parking Fines

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There is nothing worse than arriving back at your car after a lovely day out to see you have been handed a parking ticket. While it may be your fault for not following the parking rules, the ridiculously high fines are a step too far. High parking fees are a deterrent; more people would park wherever they want if they were lower. Still, we wonder if companies understand the hardship some families are going through.

Designer Furniture

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We all want our homes to look nice, but when a designer chair costs more than one month’s salary, most of us are destined for a room full of IKEA furniture. For the price we have to pay for designer furniture, we expect it to come alive in Beauty and The Beast style to clean out the home.

Cell Phones

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When we feel content with our sparkly new cell phone, the latest design comes with an even more extortionate price tag than the previous year. We are wooed with a better camera feature, larger screen, or added security, but do we benefit from being out of pocket for a few upgrades?

High Fashion

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Most people can only dream of buying designer fashion. The closest they will get to wearing it will be trying it in a store. It is hard not to acknowledge the superior materials and more ethical clothing production in some fashion houses, but should we pay more for a dress than we do on our yearly energy bill?

Funeral Bills

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When we are grieving, we are likely to be at our lowest point. Yet, we are met with funeral salespeople who will try and up-sell everything from the material of the coffin to the spread used on sandwiches for the wake. Leaving our loved ones with a considerable funeral bill is a terrifying thought, but when there is no other choice but to pay, there is not a lot we can do.


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