17 Tricks Businesses Use to Secretly Rip You Off

Posted Mar 19, by Jose Duarte


You might be hard pressed to get your own popcorn into a movie theater, but you’d be surprised just how much cheaper that would be. Since you’ve likely purchased popcorn at the grocery store, consider this: just how much popcorn does that make? Then consider this: Compared to how much popcorn costs at the cinema, how much does the same amount of popcorn cost at home? 
In percentage values, cinema popcorn is 1275% of the price of home popcorn. At the grocery store, microwave popcorn goes for about three dollars a box, and each box gives three 3.5 ounce bags. Most movie theaters sell medium sized popcorn bags for six dollars. 
You probably know the reason they sell it so high is because they don’t make that much money off of ticket sales. Yet for some reason, people like to buy the concessions, no matter how overpriced they are. Most people just do it for convenience, because it’s actually very easy to just buy readily made popcorn slathered in butter product. 


When asked to think of a high quality watch there are few people who wouldn’t instantly say Rolex, but have you ever wondered why Rolex watches are so expensive and what it exactly is that makes them so prestigious? Rolex began in 1905 in London and later moved to Switzerland. They have always produced high quality watches, many times making new innovations that kept them on top, but until the 1980’s they were nowhere near as expensive and notable as today.

It was in this time that the “yuppie” movement began, which was a new class of young, wealthy people who began purchasing new flashy materials to display their wealth and newfound status. When the yuppies began buying watches, all heads turned to Rolex, which in turn caused a massive price increase because of the demand.

A DateJust Rolex model cost $900 in 1981 and by 1991 the price had skyrocketed to $2350 for the same model with minimal improvements. In fact there are several myths associated with Rolex that are not even true. One common misconception is that all Rolex watches are handmade.

Rolex watches are mass-produced by machines patented by Rolex that make around one million watches per year. Another common myth is that Rolex is more accurate, which would be great for them but sadly, it’s just as accurate as any other watch set correctly. In fact, what really makes Rolex so expensive is the name and the jewelry, not the watch itself.


A Twinkie is 68% air.

This means you can compress 100 Twinkies into a space that would only appear to fit 32! Check out the experiment proving this ratio that students at Rice University performed in a bathroom!

Snapple Apple does not contain apple juice among its ingredients!

So what is Snapple Apple’s main fruit then? Drumroll......it’s PEARS! Apparently authentic apple juice does not taste ‘appley’ enough to consumers, so the liquid from its pyriform cousin is used instead. But why can it be marketed as APPLE juice if it’s primarily composed of PEAR juice?? Because it’s not marketed that way. Notice the word “drink” next to juice...calling the beverage a “juice drink” means that it is not required to contain the listed and pictured fruit as its primary component.

In fact, a juice drink only needs to include as little as 5% actual juice to earn that title! Despite containing the depicted fruit, the qualifications for “fruit juice” aren’t much stricter...it only has to contain 10 percent of the real deal.

IKEA stores are designed like a maze in order to prevent customers from leaving.

The theory behind the design is: The longer a customer is inside the store and the more furniture they see, the more items they are inclined to buy.

This layout is so confusing that oftentimes shoppers make purchases simply because they are afraid they may never find their way back to the item!

A study at a store location in Kent, England showed that patrons spent an average of 3 hours inside the store, with a significant number remaining for as long a 8 hours!

IKEA is quick to deny any intention to purposely bewilder it's customers, citing shortcuts within the facility (built primarily due to fire code), but the store's exits still are not very easy to find.

Both drinks have identical ingredients besides the sweetener! However, there are very slight differences between the two sodas. One difference is that Diet Coke, believe it or not, has slightly more calories than Coke Zero. Diet Coke has one calorie per 100 milliliters while Coke Zero has only .5 calories!

The only other difference is that Coke Zero is targeted specifically at men! Similar to Dr. Pepper 10’s model, Coke Zero is advertised as a “manly” diet drink to make diet sodas appear “masculine”.

Another interesting fact about Diet Coke? In many European and South American countries, there refer to Diet Coke as ‘Coca-Cola Light’.

Or you might be getting a few extra cents from them. It's being reported that Chipotle has started doing something strange with their bills: they're rounding bills to the nearest quarter. For example, a bill that should have been $35.24 was turned into $35.25. 

The reason they're doing this is supposedly so that they can get people in and out of the store faster. It makes sense. Giving change in quarters is easier than going down to the individual cent. Chipotle says that the rounding basically takes money from some bills and gives it to others, so it's not Chipotle just taking pennies. 

Still, the practice is illegal in certain areas if you don't tell people that's what you're doing. So in many markets, people have been protesting and Chipotle has added a 'rounding' line on customer's bills. Next time you're at a Chipotle (especially in New Jersey, where this practice was found), check the bill to see if they added or took some money from your bill.


In 1985, The Coca-Cola Company discontinued the original Coke formula and introduced “New Coke.” It was an overwhelming failure. Less than three months later, it was announced that “Coke Classic” would return. This was such a big deal that David Pryor, a US Senator, called it “a meaningful moment in US history.” 

As soon as the “Coke Classic” began circulating again, people were not all convinced it was the same formula, which turned out to be true. This was due to a change from cane sugar to high fructose corn syrup. So the pre 1985 Coke is actually gone! People speculate that the introduction of the new Coke only to make the old Coke return was a marketing ploy to make Coca-Cola Classic sell more.

Changing beloved products can be a very difficult thing to do. Another good example of this is Tropicana and Gap, which changed their iconic branding. After facing similar backlash to the one that Coke got, they also reversed their decisions. Tell us, what brands or sites have you stopped using after they changed?



Normally, when you buy a house in New York, the doctrine of caveat emptor applies. This means that the seller is supposed to tell you anything that could possibly go wrong with the property and then you make a decision whether to buy or not. If there are any major issues, and they were disclosed, they don't provide grounds for any type of legal action on the side of the buyer. 

However, the law can get very murky with regards to hauntings. This is, of course, because proving a house is haunted isn't something that can be proven easily. It's not a defect of the house, per se. However, the New York supreme court allowed a buyer to rescind his contract because he wasn't told his house was haunted when he bought it. 

The facts were these: Jeffrey Stambovsky bought a house from Helen Ackley and Ellis Realty. The house had quite a reputation in Nyack, New York for being haunted. It was part of a haunted tour and Ackley had many stories about the ghosts. Ackley claimed that the ghost left gifts of baby rings, and then, later, they disappeared again. She also claimed that a ghost shook her bed to wake her up in the morning. 

The court decided that in this case, the house's value was greatly affected due of its reputation as being haunted. Because of this, they said, Stambovsky could rescind his contract and not buy the house anymore, despite the fact that he'd signed a contract already. It was important information that was withheld, and a such, grounds to terminate the contract. 



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