Surcharges are a mechanism used to avoid price competition. They are essentially pure profit. They are a more painless way to extract money from the consumer. What money-hungry business wouldn’t love them?

Ever booked a hotel on-line based on the advertised price and then found out when you check out that they charged you $35 a DAY to park your car? We’re going to need a system, a mechanism, to fight this practice or it will be a life of death by a thousand cuts. Any ideas? — David Grace

Graduate of Stanford University & U.C. Berkeley Law School. Author of 17 novels and over 200 Medium columns on Economics, Politics, Law, Humor & Satire.

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