When it comes to fees and charges, there are certain ones that can really annoy people.
If you watched CBC Marketplace on Friday, they listed some of the fees & charges that annoy people the most.
Here are the ones described on the show:
- Fees to receive a paper bank statement
- Fees for having a touch tone landline
- Convenience fees when buying tickets from Ticketmaster
- Seat selection fees when buying airline tickets
Here are a few other charges that either don’t make sense or are just plain ridiculous.
Coffee Shop Sitting Fee
We took a trip to Europe a couple years ago and backpacked through several countries throughout the course of a few weeks.
While we had some downtime we would sit down at a local coffee shop (no matter what country we visited they were easy to find) and surf the web, catch up on emails, etc.
In some of the coffee shops while ordering they asked if the drink was to stay or to go. At first I assumed this was to make sure the drink was in the correct cup (a plastic cup for people who were leaving and a nice glass mug for those who wanted to stay).
It turns out they had two prices – one for people who were going to leave and not take up space and one for those who wanted to sit down while drinking their coffee.
There was an extra charge (normally around 2 Euros, or just under $3) for anyone who wanted to sit in the coffee shop that was added on to their total.
If you’ve ever purchased a vehicle from a dealership, you’re probably aware of some of the hidden costs that came quickly come up while negotiating the price of the vehicle.
One of the most puzzling fees relating to buying a vehicle is the ‘documentation’ fee.
Basically the fee involves gathering the documents required to purchase a vehicle such as all insurance documents, a bill of sale, warranty information, etc.
The fee has a huge range and can vary between dealers. I’ve heard of documentation fees as low as $50 and as high as $1,200.
When I purchased a vehicle earlier this year, I made it clear from the beginning that I wasn’t willing to pay any documentation fee and that I would go elsewhere if there was one. The salesperson agreed to not charge for the documentation related to the vehicle.
Coin Counting Fee
No description of dumb charges would be compete without at least mentioning some of the fees that banks charge.
A couple years ago I had some spare change sitting around the house so I decided to gather it all up and head down to the bank to put it into my account.
I didn’t know the exact amount of the change – I assumed the bank would want to count it so I didn’t bother counting it before heading down there.
When I explained the situation the teller said it was no problem and that she could quickly count it.
She threw all the coins (there were a lot of them) into a coin counting machine and then printed out a slip with the total. After the total there was a $7 fee for counting the coins.
I asked about the fee and she explained it was standard practice to charge for counting coins.
I politely asked if it was possible to waive the fee this time – she agreed, and I put the total amount into my account (and wasn’t charged the coin counting fee).
Conclusion: there are a ton of extra/hidden charges consumers are forced to pay. Some are obvious and small while others are hidden (and huge). No matter what the situation I think it’s a good idea to always check your receipt to make sure you aren’t being overcharged for dumb fees.
What fees have you paid that you weren’t happy with?
Related: Things I Refuse to Pay For