Retail rip-offs

0503 Retail rip-offsPortland, Ore. — This list of “Retail rip-offs”, as Portland NBC affiliate KGW called them, is incredibly useful.

The first one, how about popcorn at the movies? It could run you up to 7 or 8 bucks for a bucket at the theater. That same amount might cost you just one or two dollars at the grocery store. Best bet to save? Skip the popcorn next time.

Number two on the list is Wine in restaurants. According to KGW, the estimated markup on a bottle of wine in a restaurant is a whopping 100 to 200 percent. And the mark-ups are even higher for a glass of wine. If you have to have some vino when you’re going out, save big by bringing your own wine and paying a corkage fee.

Number three is warranties for electronics. More often than not, if you buy a warranty on your electronics, you’re probably over paying for something you don’t even need. According to one researcher KGW talked to, a lot of electronics companies make more off their warranties than they do off their actual products.

Other tips include buying coffee, prescription and over the counter drugs, water, travel size containers, and even French fries.

For a full list, click HERE.

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