Clever customers share the shady business tricks people actually fall for

In the capitalistic western world that we live in, nearly everything we do is mandated by how much money we can get out of doing it. Rising inflation has pushed the cost of living to astronomical heights, and companies, in their endless pursuit for profit, rarely have any sympathy for their consumers.

Wherever they can, corporations endeavour to minimise the amount of money that they are spending, even if that means occasionally duping their customers. Certainly, even those who pride themselves on being thrifty can fall prey to such scams. And in the majority of cases these "scams" look innocuous enough. The people of Reddit have informed us that we're often conned by companies who make us believe that we're actually saving money or helping some charitable cause or the other.

In light of this, we searched Reddit to find out more about the shady business tricks that companies use, and you have definitely fallen for a few of them:

1. This Reddit user explains that claims are just claims 

"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."

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2. Be wary when businesses ask you to donate to charitable causes as it also helps them pay less tax

"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."

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3. This Reddit user warns that we sometimes get terrible value for money 

"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."

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4. This makes so much sense 

"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."

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5. This Reddit user says we should always read the fine print 

"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."

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6. This is definitely one to sleep on 

"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."

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7. This Reddit user sheds some light on some of the more arbitrary rules that companies enforce 

"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."

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8. Not all deals are as great as they seem

"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!"

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 9. Paying by calendar month can cost you 

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

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10. Well, this explains it 

"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.'"

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There you have it - we've all been suckered once or twice from companies that pull shady tricks like these. But not for much longer...