People Are Sharing Things That Have Absolutely No Reason For Being So Expensive, And It's A Grim Reminder Of How Inaccessible Some Necessities Are

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Recently, Reddit user u/r4tzt4r posted in r/AskReddit asking: "What has absolutely no real reason for being so expensive?" Answers IMMEDIATELY poured in, and some very valid points were made. So without further ado, here's what's currently WAAAAY too overpriced for no reason, according to Reddit:

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1."College textbooks."

<div><p>"I had a professor that was really against the college textbook industry and said it was a huge scam, so for the class I took with him, <b>he used a textbook that he wrote and provided a PDF version of it for free to all of us.</b>"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/-eDgAR-/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:-eDgAR-" class="link "><u>-eDgAR-</u></a></p></div><span> Tom Werner / Getty Images</span>

"I had a professor that was really against the college textbook industry and said it was a huge scam, so for the class I took with him, he used a textbook that he wrote and provided a PDF version of it for free to all of us."

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2."My apartment charges $25 to process online payments."

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3."Anything to do with weddings, death, or babies."

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4."Glasses."

<div><p>"I saw <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDdq2rIqAlM" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:an interview" class="link ">an interview</a> once of a brand name frames rep, and when asked why they charge so much for things that cost so little to produce, they roughly responded, <b>'The glasses are worth what people are willing to pay for them.'</b>"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/CozyReader881/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:CozyReader881" class="link ">CozyReader881</a></p><p>"Like sorry I was born with bad eyes and <b>now have to fork over hundreds of dollars just to be able to see anything.</b>"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/darth_scion/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:darth_scion" class="link "><u>darth_scion</u></a></p></div><span> Luis Alvarez / Getty Images</span>

"I saw an interview once of a brand name frames rep, and when asked why they charge so much for things that cost so little to produce, they roughly responded, 'The glasses are worth what people are willing to pay for them.'"

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"Like sorry I was born with bad eyes and now have to fork over hundreds of dollars just to be able to see anything."

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5."Tuition fees."

<div><p>"<b>And then the fee for the tuition fee.</b> My favorite is the fee my university charged students for going online???"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/SweetTea9219/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:SweetTea9219" class="link ">SweetTea9219</a></p><p>"<b>How about the $75 graduation application fee?</b> That was the final 'fuck you' from school."—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/bdubnit/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:bdubnit" class="link ">bdubnit</a></p></div><span> Jayk7 / Getty Images</span>

"And then the fee for the tuition fee. My favorite is the fee my university charged students for going online???"

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"How about the $75 graduation application fee? That was the final 'fuck you' from school."—bdubnit

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6."Curtains and blinds."

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7."Feminine hygiene products."

<div><p>"<b>There is no reason to spend $30 a month for something that isn’t even my choice.</b> I don’t want to bleed for 7-10 days. If I could, I would just rip out my uterus."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/notafoetoallenpoe/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:notafoetoallenpoe" class="link "><u>notafoetoallenpoe</u></a></p></div><span> Isabel Pavia / Getty Images</span>

"There is no reason to spend $30 a month for something that isn’t even my choice. I don’t want to bleed for 7-10 days. If I could, I would just rip out my uterus."

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8."Diamonds."

<div><p>"Complete scam."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/emik7133/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:emik7133" class="link "><u>emik7133</u></a></p></div><span> Richard Smochek / Getty Images/EyeEm</span>

"Complete scam."

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9."COVID tests for travel."

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"In the US, insurance doesn’t cover COVID tests for travel. I had to pay $115."

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10."Pet fees in apartments."

<div><p>"My current apartment had a $400 deposit for cats and dogs with an extra $25 a month. My pet doesn’t have a job! How is he supposed to afford that?!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/xobnn/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:xobnn" class="link ">xobnn</a></p></div><span> Linda Raymond / Getty Images</span>

"My current apartment had a $400 deposit for cats and dogs with an extra $25 a month. My pet doesn’t have a job! How is he supposed to afford that?!"

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11."Area rugs."

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12."Housing."

<div><p>"Everyone needs one, birth rates are predictable, and <b>people obviously feel better, work better, and live better when housed and not struggling too much.</b>"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/splitting_bullets/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:splitting_bullets" class="link "><u>splitting_bullets</u></a></p><p>"The housing market where I live is ridiculous. I mean <b>a measly 900-square-foot house near my area went from $150k in 2017 to $320k...and nothing changed.</b>"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/PMME_Ur_Bubble_Butt/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:PMME_Ur_Bubble_Butt" class="link "><u>PMME_Ur_Bubble_Butt</u></a></p></div><span> The Good Brigade / Getty Images</span>

"Everyone needs one, birth rates are predictable, and people obviously feel better, work better, and live better when housed and not struggling too much."

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"The housing market where I live is ridiculous. I mean a measly 900-square-foot house near my area went from $150k in 2017 to $320k...and nothing changed."

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13."Being healthy."

<div><p>"<b>Eating right, gym memberships, and exercising cost money, time, and commitment.</b> This should be encouraged and supported, not dragged down with extra costs."</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/Beefy_Peaches/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Beefy_Peaches" class="link "><u>Beefy_Peaches</u></a></p></div><span> Gradyreese / Getty Images</span>

"Eating right, gym memberships, and exercising cost money, time, and commitment. This should be encouraged and supported, not dragged down with extra costs."

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14."Designer clothes."

<div><p>"Like, <b>it’s a plain white top with a logo for $800</b>...WTF?!"</p><p>—<a href="https://www.reddit.com/user/HodorsABitch/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:HodorsABitch" class="link "><u>HodorsABitch</u></a></p></div><span> Finn Hafemann / Getty Images</span>

"Like, it’s a plain white top with a logo for $800...WTF?!"

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15.And last but DEFINITELY not least: "Life-saving medications, specifically insulin."

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Answers have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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