Do the companies lie about that? Do they claim that they do not charge an additional payment, then charge one anyway? Again, there are other options for television. Just putting up an antenna and getting it for 100% free, for example. You do not need to get cable to get TV, just as you do not need to go to fast food restaurants to get food. Should there be a law against car repair places charging for labor over and above parts cost? Is that a scam? After all, they are charging a fee for installing already expensive parts. Agreed. However, for people to be defrauded there needs to be fraud. You have not demonstrated any. Perhaps you would be happier living in a country that was a collective, then, rather than capitalist. And I fully support your right to do that if you so choose. I do not support your right to shove your ideology down other people's throats. Then you proceed from a false assumption. Nope. The difference between you and I is that I want people to guide their own destinies, making choices that are best for them - even if you think they should not make those choices. You want them to be subservient to you and your ideals. Throughout history there have been regular episodes of people who have tried to do that. Fortunately, so far they have all failed.