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Gallery: Retail rip-offs
Avoid electronics warranties. You're probably over paying for something you don't need.“A lot of companies make significantly more money selling warranties than they do off the product itself,” said Tom Gillpatrick of PSU.
Potatoes don't cost much - maybe a few cents per pound. So why are you paying $2 for those fries at a fast-food restaurant?
This one is a no-brainer. Next time you grab that bottle of water for $1.50, ask yourself -- are you overpaying?
Wine in Restaurants: The estimated markup on a bottle of wine in a restaurant is 100 to 200%. It's higher for glasses. You can save by bringing your own bottle and paying a corkage fee. If you buy a bottle and don't finish it, ask to take it home.
It's tough to admit, but you're paying a lot more than you should at the coffee shop or at a restaurant. Making a cup of coffee is cheap!
No surprise here. A large bucket of popcorn at the movies cost us $8 dollars. Researchers say that popcorn probably costs less than $1 to make. Theaters get away with it because there's no competition. Best advice for saving: skip the popcorn.
Travel size containers may be convenient, but they only hold a fraction of the product you'd normally get.
There is huge mark-up on brand-name prescription and over-the-counter drugs.“Typically consumers can save 2/3 on their drug bill by purchasing generics rather than brand name drugs,” said Dan Kennedy, OHSU Outpatient Pharmacy Operations Manager.
Pre-cut veggies: Stir-fry veggies and bagged salad may save you time but they cost you about 25 percent more. Retail experts say we're willing to pay because it's easier. To save, you've got to be willing to cut raw veggies yourself.