Business, similarly like politics has its own ‘proper’ and common system of working. No matter the field, there are many business tactics that can be truly unfair and unkind. In order to earn more money, many people might be focused on achieving their goal even if it meant putting their integrity on the line or bending laws.
BoredPanda has compiled a list of Reddit users who spoke about dirty business tactics and tricks they have noticed. Read up to find out the dirty tricks of the business world and try to avoid them.
1. Every month and every four weeks
At first glance, these two might look the same but they are not. You can get 12 payments a year if you are being paid every month, and 13 if you are paid every four weeks.
2. Planned obsolescence
This means that basically the products are designed to “wear out” after a certain period of time. There are a few types of planned obsolesce. The first is contrived durability, which means a product is designed to deteriorate fast.
The second type is the prevention of repairs. This means that the product is designed to for a single use. The third type is perceived obsolescence. The manufacturer often releases a new type of the same product in order to make consumers feel as if the old product is updated and better – this is what happens with most of the technological gadgets of today.
3. Pay-rise for extra responsibilities
If your boss offers you a raise for extra new responsibilities, always make sure that you have that offer in written form.
4. At a restaurant, a bowl of soup costs a lot more than a cup of soup
And the cup usually fills the bowl up to the brim.
5. The “find it anywhere else for cheaper, you get your money back!” deal
Reddit user hkgolding shares: “Mattress stores that have the ‘find it anywhere else for cheaper, you get your money back!’ deal contract with the manufacturer to make the exact same model of bed, but with a model name specific to that store, so nobody can ever cash in on that deal.”
6. Luring customers
“I worked in the collections department of Discover Card for a while. One thing they did (maybe still do), to lure customers to them is offer 0% APR for the first year,” said another Reddit user, quietman85.
7. The “welcome to the neighborhood” coupons and flayers
“When I was in the process of moving into my current home I transferred the title of my old home and land to my sister because she was buying it and moving in when I left. Within the next few weeks she started getting all the “welcome to the neighborhood” coupons and flyers. She didn’t even change her address, so I assume companies track title changes with the register of deeds.” shared fathqua, a Reddit user
8. No tips
HoosierHasBeen, a Reddit user said: “I was a waitress at a family-owned restaurant that paid me $0.10 more than the minimum wage. They were able to require me to turn over all tips that I never saw again because they paid me over minimum wage.”
9. Buying a used car
If you buying a used car make sure that it isn’t parked over a puddle, because usually, the owners won’t want you to look underneath.
10. Looking for a home for your elderly parents
When you have an appointment in a home for elderly people show up a little earlier and say that you would like to take a look around. This way, the salesperson won’t be ready for you and you’ll get a more realistic feel for the place.
11. Sales tactics
A Reddit user, inafishbowl17 shares: “I bought a swimming pool several years ago. The slime-ball sales guy was using all the tactics. Last few days of sale, need to put money down today. Yadda, yadda. This was a major purchase and it irked me the way he was trying to pressure the sale.”
12. The state of emotion of the buyer
One Reddit user nicknamed philopsilopher wrote:
“When I was working in sales this is what they taught me to psychologically trick people into buying whatever shit we were selling. Strap in, this could be long.
First up, everything I learnt in sales worked through what they called ‘impulse’ selling, which means playing on people’s tendencies to make a decision based on their current state of emotion. Salesmen will build your level of ‘impulse’, and then ‘close’ you. The ‘close’ is the point at which they seal the deal, and you give them your money in exchange for whatever they have convinced you that you need.”
13. Tactical placement of the food items
“The higher priced items like prime rib and seafood is typically at the end of the buffet line and cheaper more filling options like bread and mashed potatoes are at the front. They hope you fill up your plate space/stomach space by the time you get to the high ticket items.” noticed Reddit user GrizzlyManOnWire.
14. A dirty location tactic in France
“In France it’s hard to fire or lay off people, so when big companies need to clean house a bit, they move the office to a new location quite distant from the current one. In the process they reduce the office size from 50,000 seats to 30,000 because they’ve estimated that amount of people will resign rather than endure a 4 hours commute… But officially ‘totally you still have your job if you want, we are not laying you off, but I need you in the office everyday… Or you could resign if you don’t like the new location…'” shares the Reddit user, CTRL_ALT_DELTRON303.
15. The “closing down” sale
This is another frequently used tactic by shops. Even though they put a sign that says ‘Closing down sale’, the shop actually never closes.
16. A charity donation
“It’s not dirty as it’s legal but there is a reason that stores ask you to donate some amount to a charity or fund. They can use your donation to help them get a tax write off.”, shares a Reddit user, kukulele.