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Which industry has the biggest laugh at their customers' expense?

  • 07-10-2022 12:01pm
    Registered Users Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    *Mobile gaming companies with pay to play / pay to win model. They can acquire some game as it's starting to become popular on and "monetize" it through selling custom skins for players, upgrades. Endless amounts of passive income to be earned from selling pixels and all they need to do is keep a couple of servers running.

    *The sunglasses industry - sell cheap bits of plastic for 100s of euro and get away with it. The pieces of plastic only last a few years so plenty of return customers

    *Car insurance - the vast majority of customers just shovel 100s a year into them and all they want in return is a piece of paper with a date and a green strip printed on it

    *Banks - Pull 300,000 euro from a magic bankers hat and watch some eejit paying interest on it for the next 30 years. Once you are able to set yourself up as a bank there really isn't any fear of you seeing another poor day once you don't do anything ridiculously drastically stupid.

    *Paid car parks - Nobody ever complains to say the boiler in their parking space is broken, no problem evicting users, pay some fella to have a look at the ticket machine once a week or two and if your car park is in a popular spot you can throw your two legs up on a sun lounger in Barbados for the rest of your days

    any more to add?



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Social media yes but the bile spewing tabloids are under pressure to constantly look for new sources of bile to spew and their customers are quick to flake once there's an interruption in the bile supply

  • Registered Users Posts: 682 ✭✭✭Addmagnet

    If you don't like the goods or the company, don't be a customer ...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,185 ✭✭✭MOR316

    All of them

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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 35,056 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha

    I'm not as much as I can. Easy to not buy a newspaper. I used adblock for social media and consume as little social media as I can.

    We sat again for an hour and a half discussing maps and figures and always getting back to that most damnable creation of the perverted ingenuity of man - the County of Tyrone.

    H. H. Asquith

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,041 ✭✭✭✭Larbre34

    Telecoms industry - mobile phone, broadband. Zero f**ks given.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,724 ✭✭✭Heighway61

    To make a profit, the profiteer must fool his neighbour into giving of himself for less than his true worth.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,428 ✭✭✭One Who Waits...

    Alcohol industry and whatever showers are involved in building the new National Children's Hospital.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,281 ✭✭✭✭Fr Tod Umptious

    But isn't it some international body that determines what airports can call themselves, not the individual airlines making that decision.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,539 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Before the certain airline began flying there, Beauvais and Vatry airports were long in existence. Beauvais was called Beauvais - Tille, Vatry was Chalons Vatry…. The airline hooked up with the airports to change their name for marketing.. IATA and ICAO both have codes for airports .ie. DUB & EIDW for Dublin that don’t change but airports names can..

    a second airport was built here, Dublin North could be the marketing name of the Dublin we know today.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,896 ✭✭✭Ubbquittious

    Don't complain too hard about those. Rural ireland would be in a lot worse state without them and they spend their money stupidly in a lot of cases. They buy a lot of booze and fags so most of that money goes straight back to the government. They keep the publicans and local shops in business in places where there's little employment available.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,989 ✭✭✭DavyD_83

    Insurance, especially the ones that are mandatory. Car, mortgage. As pratchett explained it's basically betting on bad things happening to you.

    And then spending the rest of your life trying to avoid winning the bet

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