10 Worst Tech Rip-Offs (And How To Avoid Them)

Whether it's a phone carrier charging you for services you don't need or a cashier pushing pricey protection plans for your tablet, the tech-world is filled with Mobile Madoffs trying to con you out of your hard-earned cash. Fortunately, you don't have to be the victim of information superhighway robbery. These are… » 2/14/13 11:40am 2/14/13 11:40am

Rolling.fm: An Enormous, Stupid, Shameless Internet Ripoff

Spotify sure stole a pretty good amount of Turntable.fm's thunder—up until that point, the trendy music site of the moment. So maybe there was room for further competition? Sure! How about an absolute knockoff of Turntable? Not really. » 8/04/11 5:40pm 8/04/11 5:40pm

The Geek Squad's Newest Racket: CD Ripping

Building on a proud tradition of charging for things that shouldn't cost anything, Best Buy's crack team of dudes who can fill out inane bubble tests will now rip your CDs, for the low low price of $1 a disc. » 9/17/09 7:40pm 9/17/09 7:40pm

8 Of The Most Ridiculous "As Seen On TV" Gadgets

The pitch may claim that your life will be easier with 2 easy payments, but most As Seen On TV gadgets end up being a colossal waste of money. It's a good thing Billy Mays isn't around to see this. » 8/21/09 4:00pm 8/21/09 4:00pm

Refreshed Nokla E81—With an L—Nokia Knockoff Packs Plenty of Swivel

If Nokia had ever followed through on that rumored swiveling "E71-type handset" we heard about last April, it would probably have looked a lot like Nokla's E81 phone here. In fact, Nokla's betting a few people don't know the difference. » 8/16/09 11:40am 8/16/09 11:40am

Sony Blatantly Rips Off Improv Everywhere For Crappy 'Viral' Ad

You've probably seen Improv Everywhere's amazing Frozen Grand Central video — it's gotten over 15,000,000 YouTube views. Apparently, so has Sony, because they totally ripped it off without asking permission or giving credit. Weasels. » 2/06/09 4:34pm 2/06/09 4:34pm

The 10 Worst HDTV Ripoffs Explained

If you are planning on picking up an HDTV in the near future, HD Guru's list of the 10 worst HDTV ripoffs for 2008 is required reading—pure and simple. Chances are, many consumers have already heard about the issue with HDMI cables—which is probably one of the biggest scams of all time (right up there with Q-Ray… » 4/28/08 4:05pm 4/28/08 4:05pm

Question of the Day: Do You Use Expensive Cable or Generic Cable?

The debate between expensive cable and generic cable has raged on for ages now, with the manufacturers of high-end products receiving quite a bashing for their high prices. So, even with all of the negative press about expensive cable being a waste of money, we have to ask: Do you use expensive cable or generic cable? » 3/25/08 8:15pm 3/25/08 8:15pm

$300 "Audiophile Grade" Power Cable is Really Worth $15

Wasting money on expensive audio cables is one thing, but spending money on "audiophile grade" power cables? That seems downright idiotic. So you probably won't be too surprised to learn that $300 Virtual Dynamics Power 3 cables contain about $15 worth of components. » 3/24/08 3:25pm 3/24/08 3:25pm

Sensor Abuse: Fancy Minibar Charges You for Merely Moving Drinks

It used to be that if you stayed at a hotel with a minibar, you could down some $8 bags of chips or whatever else was stored in there as long as you replaced them before you checked out to avoid getting ripped off. No more. Now minibars have motion sensors and scales built in, so if you so much as move an item you… » 1/28/08 12:28pm 1/28/08 12:28pm

10 All-Time Gadget Rip-Offs

Wired has put together a list of ten gadgets that have done little more than separate the gullible from their hard earned money. There are some classics on there, including: the harmony chip, MPion MP3 Player, the Philip Stein Teslar Watch, and my all-time personal favorite —the "ionized" Q-Ray bracelet. Seriously, every … » 11/19/07 9:40pm 11/19/07 9:40pm