The Hidden Side of Expensive Ireland

There’s a good article in todays Pricewatch from Conor Pope in the Irish Times – his blog version is here. Though, I’d disagree with his description of the charges he describes as “rip-offs” – all the charges Conor refers to are relatively clear and openly described prior to purchase.

We might not like the dual charges, the handling fees and surcharges, they are told to us prior to purchase, and technically we can decide whether or not to engage with the business provider or not.

Though, given the fact that most of the businesses who engage in such practices are copied by their competitive counterparts (Aer Lingus vs Ryanair) or there are no competitors (Ticketmaster), we don’t always have this choice as to whether or not we have to pay such fees and charges.

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