19 Things That Are Normalized By Society But People Think Are Really Just Big Scams

    You might not have ever thought of these in this light.

    Earlier today, Reddit user u/MR_COOL_ICE_ asked the AskReddit community: "What do you consider to be the biggest scam that is completely normalized by society?"

    The thread quickly went viral as people began to share the everyday things that actually feel more like scams. Here are some of the top-voted and best comments:

    1. "Companies not disclosing salaries on job listings and encouraging staff not to discuss pay. It only benefits the employer, but everyone goes along with it."

    Businessperson giving a cheque to colleague

    2. "Printer ink. Every single company that sells printers sells them at a loss. They then make up their profits by making their ink cost an arm and a leg. They even put special chips on each cartridge that will tell the printer not to work if it has been refilled."

    Two printer cartridges isolated on a white background

    3. "Ticket sites. Fuck concert ticket sites."

    Woman holding concert tickets

    4. "The idea that employees are obliged to have some kind of loyalty to an employer. The employer has paid for your services, but they will drop you like a hot cake if they find someone cheaper. You cannot question that. Yet, if an employee shows the slightest bit of disloyalty, then: bang!"

    Woman working on a computer with close up on a tattoo with the text i love my company on her arm

    5. "Working for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year for 50 years, if you're lucky, and it's the only way to even get by for most people. I sell my life and get the bare minimum in return...fun."

    Frustrated employee sitting alone on chair at modern office desk looking away

    6. "Funerals. Paying for things like caskets for your loved ones when you're at possibly the most emotionally vulnerable that you could be."

    A coin piggy-bank with "Funeral" written on it sitting on a pile of coin

    7. "Insulin prices in the US."

    Insulin bottle and needle on top of a pile of one hundred dollar bills with a USA outline in red

    8. "All this tracking happening with everything on the internet. Social networks, ads, our banks, our phones with all those sensors. Everything is tracking us and collects information about us and they use it in some spooky ways."

    Visualization of a smart phone sending out a computer code and revealing it's location

    9. "Job listings where it’s written 'no experience required,' but then you keep reading and they go like, 'Two years-plus experience required to get this job.'"

    Looking for new job on internet ads

    10. "Diamond engagement and wedding rings."

    White gold solitaire diamond engagement ring and eternity wedding band with round brilliant cut diamonds, channel setting

    11. "Weddings. Holy shit, weddings are a rip-off. It's such a huge amount of money for one fucking day."

    Two wedding bands on a pile of 100 dollar bills

    12. "The majority of plastic 'recycling' in the US. Not only did corporations pass off the burden of dealing with it to the consumer — while they just produce more and more every year — but the majority of plastic beyond pop bottles isn't even actually recyclable and will end up being shipped to small South Asian countries where it will be burned."

    Trash plastic backlight

    13. "Having to calculate our own taxes as US citizens."

    Man is calculating the cost of the bill and is pressing the calculator

    14. "Tipping, if you’re in North America. Hey, let’s pay servers shit wages and get the public to pay the rest."

    Barista has a disappointed expression on her face as she counts her tips at the end of the day

    15. "Being trendy and fast fashion. People buy unnecessary clothes just to keep up with the trend. It's totally fine if you wear old clothes for years."

    Trendy young woman with paper bags adjusting sunglasses and looking away over shoulder during shopping against bright yellow background

    16. "Detox drinks."

    Yellow drink on a wooden table with ginger pieces

    17. "The easy-to-join, difficult-to-cancel subscription model."

    You can read the full thread of responses on Reddit.

    Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.