15 Most Sickeningly Shameless Money Grabs

When we go to the store today, we’re used to seeing a certain amount of useless stuff on the shelves. Maybe we don’t need 50 different types of granola bars, but as long as people keep buying them, manufacturers will keep making them.

Variety is the spice of life, but there are definitely some products that come across as more of a money grab than a genuine attempt to fill a consumer need. Here are a few times that companies have blatantly tried to bilk us out of our hard-earned money:

The iPhone 7’s missing headphone jack

The most recent iPhones were released without a headphone jack, after months of speculation about whether Apple was actually going to pull the trigger on their newest technology. Their SVP of Marketing insists that the absence of the traditional 3.5 mm headphone jack isn’t a money grab, but simply an attempt to try and push technology forward.

Innovation aside, this means that if you don’t want to be carrying around a separate adapter in your pocket or purse forever, you’ll have to buy a new pair of Bluetooth headphones. (Don’t worry; Apple sells those too.)

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Chinnapong / Shutterstock.com

Shot-for-shot movie remakes

Just when it seems like Hollywood has run out of ideas, they do something like make a shot-for-shot remake of an already-classic movie, and assure you that yes, they have 100% run out of original ideas.


The shot-for-shot remake is a complete money grab. If people enjoyed the original, they’ll just watch that, instead of a pathetic copy. The logic that they’re introducing the movie to a new generation is also flawed, and shows how stupid they think that new generation truly is.

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Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

The Angry Birds movie

Sure, a movie based on a theme park ride, or an iPhone game, or a set of Emojis can be good. Usually, this is the exception rather than the rule though.

These movies are primarily engineered as a way to make money. They’re the last place you’ll find a thoughtful exploration of the human condition, a masterful telling of a complex narrative, or any of the things a good movie should offer. These movies exist only because a studio executive thought that they would be a good return on their investment.

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