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

Intel Graciously Unlocks the Processing Power Your PC Already Has for…

Those $50 Intel "Upgrade" Cards from Best Buy unlock latent processing power your computer already has kicking around inside its silicon guts. How nice of them! » 9/19/10 12:30pm 9/19/10 12:30pm

Best Buy's Anti-Sales Trick People Into Overpaying for Computers

How's this for scummy? Lately, Best Buy has been raising the price of and advertising one computer per week. People assume its on sale and get suckered into overpaying for items that drop in price the following week. » 5/24/10 10:20am 5/24/10 10:20am

Target Pulls a Best Buy, Offers a $99 Video Game Setup Service

Do you hate plugging things into the wall? How about typing your name into some fields? Hoo boy, have I got a deal for you! Target is willing to do these arduous tasks for you for a mere $99. » 1/08/10 2:21pm 1/08/10 2:21pm

Xbox 360 Wireless N Adapter Coming 11/3, Costing an Absurd $100

Want to get your Xbox 360 online using the fastest wireless protocol possible? Get ready to pony up an unconscionable $100 on 11/3, according to GameStop. Seriously, Microsoft? [Gamestop via Joystiq] » 10/05/09 6:00pm 10/05/09 6:00pm

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

First iPhone App with In-App Purchasing: $1 App, $10 Per Month

Bad news: the first app to use in-app pricing in the App Store is a huge ripoff. Gokivo, is a $1 turn-by-turn directions app. Want to actually use it? That'll be $1/minute, $3/10 minutes or $10/month. Updated. » 6/19/09 9:20am 6/19/09 9:20am

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

NYT: Text Messages Are an Even Bigger Ripoff Than You Thought

We all know that text messaging is overpriced, but the NYT has pulled back the technological shroud to find out that the prices aren't just bad, they're practically extortionate. » 12/29/08 5:24am 12/29/08 5:24am

Monster Offers White Version of Beats Headphones, Charges $700 For No…

If there's a company out there that engages in price gouging more blatantly than Monster, I've never heard of them. Today's offense: charging $700 for a pair of $350 headphones painted white. » 12/08/08 12:00pm 12/08/08 12:00pm

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,… » 11/19/07 9:40pm 11/19/07 9:40pm

Nothing is On Sale for $6.28

It had to happen. Someone is now selling Nothing, and undoubtedly, some suckers are buying it. It's a piece of packaging with a clear plastic sphere sticking out of it that contains absolutely nothing. Well, there's something in there, but it's just the same as what's outside it: thin air. And get this: It costs… » 5/04/07 11:00pm 5/04/07 11:00pm