Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fees and how to avoid them

Wait, there's a fee if I buy the tickets online or I stop by the box office? Concert ticket handling costs are just one of the annoying ways that companies sneak in some profit-boosting fees into your bill. Cell phone plans, online airline tickets, and receiving a printed bill are all frequent offenders. According to a survey from the consumer privacy research group the Ponemon Institute, these "sneaky fees" add up to about $950 dollars a year for the average American.

It's tricky to totally avoid these fees, but it's good to be on the lookout, and sometimes there are steps you can take to keep from paying.

Read more in these two articles from PC World:

Sneaky Fees Oct 27, 2009
Sneaky Fees: 7 New Ways You're Paying More Oct 28, 2008

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