Gotcha Capitalism

Gotcha Capitalism

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What is Gotcha Capitalism? Coughing up $4 fees for ATM transactions. Iron-clad cell phone contracts you cana€™t get out of with a crowbar. Paying big bucks for insurance you dona€™t need on a rental car or forking over $20 a day for supposedly a€œfreea€ 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: a€c You didna€™t fill up the rental car with gas? Gotcha! Gas costs $7 a gallon here. a€c Your bank balance fell to $999.99 for one day? Gotcha! Thata€™ll be $12. a€c You miss one payment on that 18-month same-as-cash loan? Gotcha! Thata€™ll be $512 extra. a€c Youa€™re 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.coma€™s a€œRed Tape Chroniclesa€ columnist Bob Sullivan exposes the ways wea€™re all cheated by big business, and teaches us how to get our money backa€“proven 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.

Title:Gotcha Capitalism
Author:Bob Sullivan
Publisher:Ballantine Books - 2008-01-22


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