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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:42 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from random on Wed, 31 Mar 2010 16:26:30 0000]

qwest is pure evil. has been for at least the past ten years.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:42 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Rene on Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:12:35 0000]

I hate your landlord too. Tell me, did he look like he was in a good mood when he changed your fees, or did he look like he was "passing the buck" involuntarily. If he appeared to have remorse at all, then it is a sociatal problem, and complaining to him is like blaming the cashier at a convenience store for the price of gum. Those who set this new standard from above are truly the one's starting the lowering of and separation of classes, and never get any blame. It's a mature point of view, whether you want to blame this pathetic landlord or not. I bet he wouldn't have done it if the econmy were booming.

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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:43 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Rene on Fri, 26 Mar 2010 17:03:04 0000]

Yes, fees. I've thought of this one before. I am personally a conservative, but more to the center. This is what brings me to the center. I believe there must be think tanks that are employed just to come up with fees. To be against that can actually be considered a liberal cause, as it would actually hurt big companies. I hate to say that, but I'm not on the side of greed. I want them to hurt these companies, but I also want jobs. This is a cause that, if taken up, creates an activist that will (can?) be bought off. I believe that's already happened. I believe there is a closed society of people who've chosen to study how to take as much as it can with out contribution to a FUNCTIONING economy.

Functioning means, you pay your employees, they shop, others pay their employees, and they shop. The more the people get paid, the more they can spend. They've begun to stop at letting people keep their money. They believe it is their right to take as much as they can outside of standard commerce, and it reflects in both wages, and this FEEECONOMY idea you've illustrated. Thank you, and I hope this increases awareness, and leads to an "unpredictable fees" law, and better wages, and more hiring, and less socialism, rainbows, and flowers everywhere. Sorry, still cynical.

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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:43 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Nick on Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:12:52 0000]

I have a similar problem with tipping in restaurants - Im from the UK and visit the US occasionally to visit family. They will happily pay a 15% or more surcharge on a restaurant bill in the form of a tip. When I questioned this they said it was because the waiters / waitresses depended on the tips to make up their wages as the restaurant operators underpaid them on the basis that tips would bring their wages up.
I guess that is okay BUT it then means that the advertised menu price is a fiction - if you are attracted into a place by an offer of for ecample "steak and fries $5.00" but are then expected to pay $5.75 or more then why not charge $5.75 and pay the staff an adequate wage?
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:43 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Tzhaarmejjar on Fri, 29 Jan 2010 21:21:03 0000]

Every company does this and they conspire with each other to increase costs all around, so no matter who you go with, they all do it and the government usually just says, "Go to a different company.", most of the time.

Personally, anytime I get a fee increase of any kind, I pay it once and then automatically cancel my services with that company... And in most cases, I just stop using any company that provides said services entirely, such as for example... Fido.

They tried telling me they charge airtime fees for majing calls to Toll-Free Numbers. I immediately reported it to the CRTC, the Canadian equivalent of the FCC in the USA, and their response was, "We don't regulate the costs of services regarding phone usage where it relates to toll-free numbers." I cancelled my Fido services immediately and now just go to a payphone anytime I need to call someone.

Anytime people need to contact me, they email me now, and since I work for my cable company, I pay nothing for my services and people have a free way of contacting me.

It should be a criminal act to charge hidden fees, but governments are too fearful that such companies would simply leave their economies for other countries that fear economic depression caused by such companies who would dare to use the threat of exitting the economy for "greener pastures..."
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:44 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from woundedduck on Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:16:28 0000]

my landlord decided to break out different fees from my rent, so instead of paying rent in one sum as I had for six months, I now pay, via line item, the trash, the water, the power, the gas. I hate my landlord so much. Hate.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:44 am

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I agree with this totally. It's all based in psychology. Companies don't want to raise the base price because that will ultimately result in negative reaction from the buying public etc. It's deceptive to see X dollars as the price, and THEN, once you're checking out etc. all the extras get added on.

We're conditioned to think like this because many people are soft, lazy and don't care. They don't even notice. When was the last time someone read all that fine print??

So, we're at the point of sale, and we shrug it off and pay it because it's expected. We never make the connection that fees and price are ultimately all the same.

I agree, push back. And lets start with the federal government and all the taxes and surcharges and access fees and crap that get pushed through industries like telecom.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:44 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from jboeck@comcast.net on Wed, 02 Sep 2009 13:18:21 0000]

Enjoyed your article.
Here is another extra fee - that is crazy.
I had a medical test done, got the bill from the lab. Two weeks later I receivced a bill from a company that was billing me for their service. Their service was that they monitor the lab for quality. A ISO 9000 type deal.
I did not pay the bill.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:45 am

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Yep. Grr. My Quest phone line is $14.88 a month, yet they charge me $25.41. An additional 70% in taxes, surcharges, and the $6.50 federal access charge. The other fee that irks me is the new shopping malls that add an extra tax right on top of of everything else.
I'm calling Qwest. Thanks for the tip.
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Postby CrittersMinion » Fri Oct 12, 2012 3:45 am

[Reposted from old comment system, from Phil on Wed, 02 Sep 2009 01:33:37 0000]

I'd like to thank you for posting a link to this piece on the T-Mobile forums. I think it's sad that you're one of the few there who actually seem to "get" that there's a problem with this policy and that it goes deeper than me wanting my paper bill in the mail each month.

I decided that the principle of the thing was worth eating T-Mobile's early-termination fee and canceled my service with them today.

Excellent points, excellent style. My hat off to you for laying it all out so well.
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