Industries that prey on our delusions

Some industries count on you not knowing your own strength or forgetfulness. Here’s how not to get caught up in spending on your insecurities.

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Apr 9, 2013 12:03AM
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Ok  why wasn't bottle water listed One of the biggest ripoffs ever
Apr 8, 2013 10:51PM
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Another is OTC drugs. Nyquil's new ZZZZ sleep aid is Benedryl. No kidding. Look at the bottles. Same exact drug and dosage. No need to buy both.

Apr 8, 2013 9:29PM
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The pet products are ridiculous these days. A fool and his money....
Apr 9, 2013 10:39AM
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Industries that prey on our delsusions?  The first one that came to mind was the news industry.
Apr 8, 2013 11:40PM
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They forgot to mention the #1 delusion for which we spend money - religion.
Apr 9, 2013 12:43AM
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I've had three instances where TigerDirect has offered a rebate on an item, only to never send it to me once the rebate form was sent in to them.

The first two were small, less than $20 each. But the third was a $200 rebate on a complete computer. After repeated calls and emails, which were always answered with "We have recieved your rebate information and are processing it now, please allow 4-6 weeks..." which went on for almost 6 months. I packed the computer up and sent it back to them postage due. I then contacted my credit card and requested a chargeback.

I won't buy anything from them again.

Apr 8, 2013 8:59PM
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I go to my Gym 5-6 Days a week and do 3 miles on the track each time and Lift Weights.  I have lost over 30lbs
Apr 8, 2013 10:51PM
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Only 22 they don't wear....would have thought that number was bigger.
Apr 9, 2013 8:32AM
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If you know anything about dogs, they are like children.  Yes, they do get sick.  Yes, they do need a regular bath.  Yep, good food cost money.

 

If you're not willing to properly feed, bath and see to the medical needs of your 'new best friend' don't take on the responsibility or the rest of us are going to levy a criminal charge of either 'animal neglect' or 'animal cruelty' and you get to spend some time in prison.

Apr 9, 2013 8:34AM
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I can't take an article seriously that blasts supplements while using the term "superfood" in the same blurb. But I do have identified vitamin deficiencies so I'll just keep taking my vitamins.
Apr 8, 2013 11:43PM
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Surprised churches/synagogues/mosques et al weren't listed.
Apr 9, 2013 1:27AM
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What a freakin joke. The writer of this article, , is from a little unheard of company that sells "financial planning"...biggest ripoff industry on planet. Period. More than just the pot calling the kettle black.

I also belong to a gym, I've lost weight and am 50% stronger than what I was 2 years ago. I feel great, and can enjoy life as I'm getting older without aches and pains, have more energy, and have clarity in thinking. Better thinking led me to lose so called financial planners. I've been through 4 of them. They're just in it for a commission and to prey on you and you're money.There's no financial planning for the Obama economy anyhow. From my experience with "financial planning", it's totally ineffective...my gym on the other hand isn't as along as you use it. 
Apr 9, 2013 8:48AM
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politcal campaign industry is full of s#!t. They always send out emails saying so and so is doing this! Or so and so is doing that!!! and the conclusion is always the same....Send us money....For what? What is sending someone a check going to do just because that someone says The Sky is falling?
Apr 9, 2013 12:07PM
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Where else on earth will a human get in their car, drive for 30 minutes to spend 20 minutes on a bicycle that goes nowhere, then drive for 30 minutes to go back home?
Apr 9, 2013 11:44AM
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The oil industry is another good one....they come up with every excuse known to man to brainwash everyone into believing that gas has to be $3-$4 a gallon or more...
Apr 9, 2013 9:50AM
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Another myth the clothing industry is guilty of: sizing. Before the 70's - 80's most women's jeans had a 25-26" waist for Size 10. That waist for a Size 10 is now up to 28-29"!!!!! Just a way to make women think they are 'thinner' than they are and to get them to buy more clothing. Try on the clothing before you take it home and don't beat yourself up if the size is 'larger' than you BELIEVE you wear. If it looks good on you--than the item is for you. And...IF you buy clothing a size or two smaller than you really are--you do NOT look good in it. Skin tight clothing on someone who is a 'true' 12+ is horrible looking. Go up a size and let the fabic move!!  You'll look soooooooo much better! A size 16+ in the right clothing looks much more attractive than a size 10-14 in too-tight clothing.
Apr 9, 2013 10:07AM
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It's called selling a dream... sort of like politics.
Apr 9, 2013 2:17AM
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WATER: [sold?]  #1 joke on all humanity!!

Do you really want to play Russian Roulette? Where does ownership begin and end when it comes to profit and natural resources? Once handfuls of humans owned and began selling what came out of and or off the Earth, all on the planet started our decent into the abyss. *resources are getting harder and harder to find, get at and or refine; datz called S C A R C I T Y !!!


The Wealthy and Big Industry now own the lands surrounding our fresh water supplies [okay] the land surrounding it; pumping and bottling it before it ever reaches it's destination.

You've heard of the Great Lakes right? Check this... http://youtu.be/tx65EeLk4Ro?t=8m55s = Oh boy datz Jesse Ventura!! How about this then? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otrpxtAmDAk!! TIME TO GET OFF YOUR ASSets PEOPLE!!


*Yes, Graphene may be an up and coming savior but believe me all things come at a price.

Apr 9, 2013 11:46AM
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Reality TV comes to my mind in a real hurry...  Pregnant Teens, Kardashian Trash, Jackass, Apprentices, Wife Swaps...   And, any TV show that makes people believe they can sing, dance, or perform somehow...  The Voice, So you think you can dance...
Apr 9, 2013 1:11PM
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The biggest industry based on delusion is the one that gets you to spend money on a liberal arts degree with the hopes of getting a good job, only to find out later that you'll be in debt and standing in the unemployment line.
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