A freind recently bought a condo and was shocked at all the hidden fees he got hit with at closing. It got me thinking about the explosion of hidden fees lately. It seems that companies from banks to cell phone providers and airlines have discovered hidden fees to be a great source of revenue.
The problem with hidden fees aside from the annoying shock factor is that they impede free market economics. How do you compare two cell phone plans when all you can get from the company is the price of the basic plan. It takes a lot of research to find out what your final price will be and if you want to use an internet search engine which sorts items by price you’re out of luck. What’s going on in the airline industry is even worse. First it was the fee for an extra checked bag, then for the first checked bag. First it was $25 then $50 and then $100. Now some airlines are charging for your carry-on. Pretty soon they will have an extra fee for wings on the plane.
I can understand extra fees for things that are truly extras but it should be against the law to charge a feee for something if more than half the average customers are going to need that item ( like the aforementioned wings or even dare I say a carry-on with your extra pair of underwear).
Rather than just grumble I decided to put a petition up on we the people. If I get 100,000 votes in the next 30 days the pres has to respond but I need 150 votes to get the petition into the public forum where it can get some life so if anyone is equally irked by these fees show the petition some love and sign up. Even better, have your friends sign it. Maybe it will get some traction before we have to start paying extra for the take off and landing.