NZ's top 5 rip-offs - and how to avoid them
By James Ihaka and Michael Dickison
5:30 AM Saturday Aug 28, 2010

Everyone knows the feeling - the moment you see an inflated price tag and think, "I can't believe it's that expensive". But which are the biggest rip-offs and why do they cost so much?

After much debate, the Weekend Herald has compiled this top five list - plus some useful tips on how to pay a lot less.


The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest by Stieg Larsson (paperback)
* from Whitcoulls, Queen St $37.99
* from $13.17

What you pay
You won't get much change out of $40 for a new best-seller like The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, volume three of Swedish author Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. We found it selling for $37.99 at Whitcoulls in Queen St and $41.99 at Borders up the road. Yet Britons can buy the same book on special at WH Smith for $9.65 (4.39) or $15.40 (7) even at the recommended retail price.

More here.