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Sneaky Fees
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 17:16

Two bucks to get a paper statement? $15 to book airline tickets online? Wireless providers, cable companies, and other firms are increasingly nickel-and-diming us to death. Here’s how to fight back.

Tom Spring,
Oct 27, 2009 5:00 pm

Recently, I renewed my XM Satellite Radio subscription. I had expected the service to cost $13 per month, since that was the amount the company advertised. I found out, however, that in addition to the $13, Sirius XM had implemented a new, monthly $2 "music royalty fee." I was annoyed, but I grudgingly agreed to the new add-on charge and said, "Send me the bill." Well, the Sirius XM rep replied, there was one more thing: I'd have to pay a $2 "invoice fee" if I wanted a paper bill mailed to my house.


Sirius XM 'music royalty fee'That relatively reasonable $13-per-month service I thought I was signing up for ended up costing me $16.95 each month, or 30 percent more than expected, through fees that Sirius XM never bothered to mention in its pitches to renew.

Sneaky fees drive me mad. The number of these nickel-and-dime charges I pay each month has my head spinning. Where did all of the extra fees, charges, and taxes tacked onto my cable, wireless, and Internet bills come from?  [PC World...] [Comments...]

 

 

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