Unlocking Opportunities: Challenging Overpricing and Overratedness
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Welcome to the “Money vs. Value” Olympics, where we pit overpriced goods and services against their true worth! Today’s event is the highly anticipated “What costs a lot of money but should actually be cheaper?” race, where Redditors from around the globe will compete to reveal the most overpriced, underwhelming products and services. So grab your popcorn, get ready to cheer for your favorites, and let’s see who takes home the gold in the battle of money versus value!
One Redditor commented, “Healthcare should be covered already by being a taxpayer. Again, not “free” but already covered.”
A second Redditor replied, “Hospitals. They’re a public health service. Why aren’t they free???”
A popular comment was, “Education. It benefits society as a whole.”
Another was “Education. It’s in the country’s best interests to have a well-educated public. The government will recoup the cost from taxation, so it’s a win-win.”
One user simply replied, “A roof over your head.”
Another user commented, “Shelter like home apartments and stuff like that. Being without Shelter will eventually drive someone to insanity.”
A Redditor said, “Public transport. The rails are mostly owned by the state, so the trains should be too since it’s mostly tax-funded anyways.”
A second Redditor added, “Public transport, you want those that have no money to get a job, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, but they would have to walk for 2 hours for a minimum wage job?”
A popular comment read, “Glasses, do I really have to pay to see?”
Another comment was, “Glasses… I didn’t ask to be blind!”
One Redditor replied, “As a doctor, you shouldn’t charge for organ transplant cause money is nothing before a human life.”
A user commented, “To everyone saying water should be free, it is free. Getting the water treated and delivered to where you want it, that’s what you’re paying for.”
A second user added, “Water!!! Water should be free. Why are we paying for water, everyone should have free access to water…just my opinion.”
A popular comment read, “SCHOOL LUNCH! FOR ALL KIDS!”
A second user added, “School lunches in public schools. Somehow the government managed to find the money to provide it for 2 years during pandemic times. So we know it can be done.”
A Redditor replied, “Tax preparation and filing. In a lot of developed countries, the government just sends you a summary of what you made and what you owe. If everything’s okay, you either don’t have to do anything or just acknowledge that it’s okay.”
A second Redditor added, “Taxes. There’s no reason why the majority of ppl should have to pay someone to prepare taxes when the gov’t already has all of our paperwork and can just tell us what we owe. I recognize tax pros are required in some situations, but many times they shouldn’t be necessary.”
One popular comment was, “Medicine. Any medicine. Insulin has been mentioned, of course, but the fact that we have life-saving/life-changing drugs that don’t get used because they’re not affordable is a tragedy.”
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One upset Redditor said, “The process of booking an event or movie ticket online.”
Another said, “Paying your car registration by card….. They just expect me to be carrying $500 in cash? …. No cash…? Welcome to 1995. There is a 3.5% fee for using a card.”
A user commented, “Not that it cost a lot of money.. but air like the pumps for your car tires. The supply is pretty large, so it’s crazy to me that I have to pay $1.50 for air. It used to be free.”
One comment simply said, “Childcare in the United States.”
A person replied, “Feminine care products, aka. Pads, tampons, cramp relief.”
A second person added, “Agreed – no idea why we have to pay for my wife’s feminine products when she didn’t ask to have period every month.”
Finally, a Redditor commented, “Food. The world would be a very different place of no one had to worry about when they’d get their next meal or whether they could provide sustenance to their dependents. There’s so much food wastage in the world too. If only fresh, nutritious food was guaranteed for all people everywhere.”
Redditors on this thread highlight the high price we pay for certain products and services that should be more accessible and affordable. It’s a reminder to question the value we place on money versus the value we place on our basic needs and quality of life.
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