What is Gotcha Capitalism? Coughing up $4 fees for ATM transactions. Iron-clad cell phone contracts you canat get out of with a crowbar. Paying big bucks for insurance you donat need on a rental car or forking over $20 a day for supposedly afreea wireless internet. Every day we use banks, cell phones, and credit cards. Every day we book hotels and airline tickets. And every day we get ripped off. How? Here are just a few examples of how big business can get you: ac You didnat fill up the rental car with gas? Gotcha! Gas costs $7 a gallon here. ac Your bank balance fell to $999.99 for one day? Gotcha! Thatall be $12. ac You miss one payment on that 18-month same-as-cash loan? Gotcha! Thatall be $512 extra. ac Youare one day late on that electric bill? Gotcha! All your credit cards now have a 29.99% interest rate. But not for much longer. In Gotcha Capitalism, MSNBC.comas aRed Tape Chroniclesa columnist Bob Sullivan exposes the ways weare all cheated by big business, and teaches us how to get our money backaproven strategies that can help you save more than $1, 000 a year. From the Trade Paperback edition.So why did the FCC abdicate its ability to regulate cable prices in the late l990s? In part because ... The presence of the dish alternative seems to fend off government regulators every time. In some ... DIRECTV hookups are trickier than cable.
|Publisher||:||Ballantine Books - 2008-01-22|