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.)