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Re: Net Telephone Fees Have Users Fuming

Jake (
Fri, 28 Jan 2005 17:21:15 GMT

Jack Decker <jack-yahoogroups@withheld on request wrote in

> At 04:45 PM 1/26/2005 -0500, Scott V wrote:

>> Isn't this just someone bitching because they didn't remember to
>> include taxes?

> That's just the problem, these aren't taxes -- at least not any that
> these companies are required to add to their bills. Every company has

> What boggles my mind is that companies in the telecommunications
> industry seem to get away with something that would not be allowed
> almost any other industry, and that is quoting one price to a

Have you had your car fixed or re-tired lately?

I got hit with a 8% "environmental and shop cost" recovery fee the
last time I had some work done at national tire chain store.

This was added after the fact. Not really made clear during the quote
phase. They said I should have asked.

I felt so violated, I almost made them take the tires off, and re-
misalign the car. I called around, and all similar businesses in my
area are doing the same thing.

This whole "fee thing" seems to be pervading our society. I do not
know if some of you remember how gasoline was priced is some places:

I was in Indiana one time when the price was xx.9 cents per
gallon. This seemed cheap (about 10 cents below home prices), then I
found out why. They did not add the state gas tax nor the state sales
tax. It took congress to pass a law that the posted price is the FINAL
out of pocket price.

I do not mind having the total final complete cost broken down for me
in plain English, BEFORE purchase. What I hate is one advertized
price, then pages of fine print describing various "cost recoveries"
which should be part of doing business. The price charged IS the cost
recovery and profit.

Looks like we need a new law. Where is the FTC? Where is the FCC?


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