Companies are created with one purpose: profit. They don’t care who they hurt along the way, so governments step in to regulate them and ensure consumers and workers receive fair treatment.
Scammy Yet Legal
The government can’t regulate everything, and if a business can find a way to exploit folks for increased profits while following the letter of the law, they will.
Here are the most unethical business models and practices that we can’t believe are legal.
MLMs (multi-level marketing schemes) create funnels of regular people who sell products directly to consumers.
In theory, that would be okay, but most MLMs profit by forcing their “sellers” to buy mass quantities of product so they have it on hand to sell. The system pushes vulnerable people into debt and then destroys friendships when they get desperate to sell the products they paid so much for.
The MLM then uses manipulation tactics, much like cults do, to keep the sellers on the hook for more.
Insurance is supposed to protect folks from catastrophic loss, but in practice, it typically just siphons money from people and doesn’t offer enough help when needed.
There are always hoops to jump through when reporting a claim, and the companies will do everything in their power to avoid paying out.
Predatory lending is highly unethical, yet loan sharks pop up in low-income neighborhoods nationwide. They prey on people who lack financial literacy and have no other options to pay for emergencies, but the rates are so high that it’s nearly impossible to dig free.
Child Labor and Sweatshops
People love their cheap threads but never stop to consider why that shirt only costs ten bucks. Many fashion brands rely on child labor, sweatshops, and other unethical labor conditions to keep their products cheap.
Consumers keep buying, though, so the cycle is likely to continue.
Religion and business shouldn’t mix. However, many shady preachers use their religious authority position to manipulate people out of their hard-earned money.
The Funeral Business
Funeral homes prey on people at their most vulnerable. Salesmen hone in on the grief and sadness of the recent loss to upsell useless products under the guise of “If you really loved the deceased, you’d buy all this stuff.”
It’s gross and unethical.
Microtransactions in Gaming
Mobile game developers found a great way to siphon money from people: microtransactions. Though some developers only charge for aesthetic things like skins, others make their games pay-to-play, and as soon as someone stops paying, the game becomes unplayable.
It’s unethical because the designers know it’s addictive and use that to keep the players paying.
Any company that only exists because someone else subsidizes its workers is engaging in an unethical business practice.
The majority of people who receive SNAP (food assistance) benefits work full-time at places like Walmart and Mcdonalds, meaning taxpayers are footing the bill when these companies underpay their workers.
Unable to Cancel
Many businesses make signing up for their subscription services a breeze but then make it impossible to cancel. You can sign up with the click of a button online, but you need to make four different phone calls and send a certified letter to cancel.
Your business is unethical if your business relies on people paying because they can’t cancel.
Companies don’t make lasting products because they make more money when people have to buy a new one.
Algorithms on streaming services and social media networks lead people down dangerous roads. The companies learned long ago that outrage sells, so they funnel folks to content that will keep them angry and engaged, thus fattening their pockets to the detriment of society.
Many companies rely on the laws they bought to stay in business. Intuit lobbies the government to prevent the IRS from developing free software for tax filing so they can earn millions in revenue off the backs of average Americans.
People are forced to pay for stuff because companies buy lawmakers and prevent competition.
Is America Actually Dystopian?
Although there are many fantastic things about living in the US, some of our systems and laws leave many scratching their heads, wondering if we’re already living in a dystopian nightmare.
Here’s the evidence that makes us wonder if America is actually a dystopia.
If America is the Best, Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?
Everyone claims America is the best country in the world, but other Western nations put us to shame. Here’s the cool perks other countries provide their citizens that we wish we had in the States.
America’s Toxic Work Culture
Our work culture is destroying us. Find out how.
Read it Here: America’s Toxic Work Culture
How Are These Scams Legal?
Society is ripe with folks legally scamming you out of your hard earned cash.
Here are the top scams we all just accepted as normal.
Why No One Wants To Work Anymore
The common boomer refrain derides younger generations for refusing awful working conditions. Are they right?
Find out why no one wants to work anymore.
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