6 companies poised to raise prices

Are we in for a bout of inflation? Here are 6 companies that can raise prices and still keep us buying. Think 'Avengers' tickets, Newport cigarettes and iPads.

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May 15, 2012 8:10PM
I wish someone had the guts of Nixon to impose price control on the goulgers that have more excuses for raising prices than Monty Hall had deals.
May 24, 2012 8:47AM
"Take advantage of sick people by investing in pharmaceutical companies!!!"
Your goddamn iPad is NOT the same as a life-saving drug. Pricing luxuries and necessities the same way is utterly deplorable, and the author of this trash should be ashamed. You are pure scum for supporting this. Money truly is the root of all evil.

This article makes me sick.
Hopefully I won't need any medication.

May 24, 2012 9:35AM
This whole article is BS written by a TOOL of industry.  There's only ONE  who can raise prices indiscriminately and that would be the GREEDY pharm industry.  The only reason they are able because they DO have products we can't live w/o.  All the others' price increases are only possible if WE continue to buy their product.  Before private industry totally believes we NEED their products its time we showed them we DON'T!  Don't buy their products and see how their price raising goes!  The consumer is still KING even though WE haven't been acting like it in over 20 years!!!
May 24, 2012 7:13AM
HP is firing 8% of there workforce to save 3 Billion dollars a year. Is this going to be reflected in lower prices? No, this will result in bigger checks to stockholders and upper management. When will people open there eyes and see the rich use the middle class as pawns to make more money! Give them a break? Give me a break! As Bob Seeger said, "I feel like a number"
May 24, 2012 10:42AM
Raising prices on life-saving pharmaceuticals is unethical and immoral.  I can't stand you business types..the almighty dollar is your God.  Where is your head...at the end of the day is money or living an ethical life important to you?  No need to answer...sadly I already know what it is.
May 24, 2012 7:39AM

The company (Apple) has created products that consumers feel are superior.


If their products are superior than the rest, then why the need to keep releasing a new model every 6 to 12 months?

May 24, 2012 9:03AM
All it is, is taking advantage of people and hitting them where it hurts! It's not necessary to keep raising prices on these items people want and need. It's just sheer GREED! They can also afford to come DOWN on their prices. I'm no fool, I know tobacco doesn't cost that much and as for prescription drugs, they should be ashamed of themselves taking advantage of the people who NEED those prescriptions! And as for the alcohol...I don't drink, so HA, HA, HA! I have a friend who has asthma and can hardly breathe and half the time she goes without her meds simply because she can't afford them! I don't think it's fair to know my friend could die if she doesn't have her medication because she can't afford it. And the cost of cigarettes is obscene! Come down in the price. It doesn't cost that much to grow tobacco. They're just taking advantage of people & believe me, I DO complain about it in every Deli I go to for cigarettes!
May 24, 2012 8:33AM

Amarica is stealing from the poor and givein to the rich. Amarica needs to stop this nonsence.


May 24, 2012 7:34AM
As dangling says, HP is laying off 29,000 people, most from the former EDS, so how much is the economy really improving? We have about as many jobs going away as being created, and most of the ones being created are lower paying or even minimum wage jobs. These folks that have been working for EDS for 20 or more years can't afford to live on that. Of course, they may not be listed in the "unemployed" numbers because they are taking forced early retirement.
May 24, 2012 11:02AM
This mentality is exactly what is wrong with America. I believe in capitalism, but to gouge people just because you can, or just to make exceeding gains for stockholders is totally wrong. A fair profit is one thing, a good profit is a good thing, but to raise prices, for profits, on struggling cosumers is just plain wrong. I took and did very well in all the business classes in college in the very early 1980's, and what the business world has become since then has been nothing less than criminal activity and mentality. This same criminal activity, and mentality, is saturated all through the business and  political  powers that be. Until there is a major change back to fair business practices and laws, this country will continue to go to hell in a handbag made in China. 
May 24, 2012 10:17AM
Just because you have the power to do something does not mean that you necessarily should.
May 24, 2012 9:29AM
How did they leave out oil companies?
May 24, 2012 11:33AM

“Because these companies make the stuff we just have to have … (life saving drugs).”  WOW how greedy and unethical can you get?? The cost and availability of pharmaceutical drugs & health care in this country is already a joke. Now they want to make life-saving drugs MORE expensive? Great, so now insurance premiums will go up higher & even more people will be uninsured. The uninsured won’t be able to independently afford the drugs and will just die. Nice.

May 24, 2012 9:06AM


"Yes, consumers will hate it, but they'll bite the bullet and pay up."


What are you, one of the rich 1%?

I've got a bullet you can bite!

May 24, 2012 8:44AM

With Luck maybe the superpowers will price them selves out of a job.Sounds like GREEDY LOW LIFE'S to me.....

May 24, 2012 9:27AM
The one thing I know for a fact is "if" Newport cigarettes take a hike  in cost, I'll choose another lesser expensive brand to smoke.  And, please, no nasty comments about my smoking, it's MY choice.  I already pay $6.36/pk, and will go to Pall Mall or something similar.. generic even.

It's all about money for the investors, but don't forget, the manufacturer is getting a good bite of the apple.  With our country in a near recession, these companies are only adding to the dilemma we are in already.  Everyone wants to make big bucko's, but no cares about the mid-lower income people who actually give credance to these companies still being in existence.  Without these people, the companies would have to fold and go away (since it appears everyone wants to invest in China to do their manufacturing so much cheaper).  Who cares if the people of China receive reasonable pay for their work, NO ONE!, except for those like me, because those people do not receive but a simpleton's pay, if any.  It probably goes right back into the China coffers.  Any and all companies who plan, or have already done so, to ship their economics overseas to China, really aren't American in  the first place.

May 24, 2012 9:09AM

Hey Bill1017  it's the "love of money is the root of evil"

But therin lies the problem, we have so much greed, in the government and in private. That is the wrong god. I know it's taboo in this country to talk about but we need to turn back to biblical teachings as a nation. (insert religious freak here) Im not talking about the money grabbing churches of today, but hte principles where we realize that we as the human race will screw everything up and we need to be saved. Not by Government, but by the only true God

May 24, 2012 10:40AM

i'm going to need them not to raise the price of newports, i will stop smoking for real!!!!


May 24, 2012 9:23AM

You don't have to have an ipad, smoke cigarettes, drink liquor, or buy anything you don't need. And people that buy premium brands should be able to afford premium brands. Heal thyself physcians. All  can be had second-hand at significant savings if you  must have, not "need". As for the drug dillema, that's one of the few places government should share in the costs and help control the profit. Love ya!

May 24, 2012 6:31AM
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