The cost of a wine at a fancy bar, high-street estate agent commission, restaurant service charges and veterinary bills are among some of the UK’s biggest rip-offs, according to a new study.
Online estate agent Emoov questioned more than 1,000 Brits to find out what they consider to be ‘daylight robbery’.
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Number one on the list of ‘daylight robberies’ was paying £14 for a glass of wine in a trendy bar, with 56% of those questioned saying it was the biggest rip-off.
In second place was the commission charged by estate agents, with 48% of respondents citing this as the biggest example of daylight robbery.
The 12.5% service charge added to your bill while out dining was ranked the third biggest daylight robbery, with 44% voting for it.
Consumers were also unhappy about expensive vet bills, the cost of going to the dentist and the ever-dwindling size of chocolate bars.
Despite the average UK house price being worth £228,000, this was ranked second to last.
Russell Quirk, chief executive of Emoov.co.uk, says: “Interesting, but perhaps not surprising that as a nation with a global reputation for enjoying a drink, the cost of a glass of wine ranks as number one, while higher costs that provide a better or specialist service like a vet or dentist rank a lot lower.”
Mr Quirk adds: “It also goes to show that as a nation of aspiring homeowners, even the current level of house prices isn’t enough to class buying a house as daylight robbery, but the cost of selling that house via a traditional agent is the second highest ranking.
“It makes sense as the average 1.3% commission charged by high street estate agents is by far the largest example of daylight robbery in terms of the actual monetary sum and it also demonstrates a sign of the times and a change in the consumer mentality across the UK property market.”
See the list below of what Brits consider to be the eight biggest ‘daylight robberies’ for consumers:
Which of the following common examples do you feel the term "daylight robbery" most applies to?
|Paying £14 for a glass of wine at a trendy bar||56%|
|Paying a high-street estate agent on average £4,000 in commission to sell your home||48%|
|Having a pre-applied 12.5% service charge added to your bill in a restaurant (£12.50 on a £100 bill)||44%|
|Paying £1,500 for the average veterinary bill||32%|
|Paying £60 for a filling at the dentist||27%|
|Your favourite childhood chocolate bar costing three times as much, or having its size reduced for the same price||22%|
|The average UK house price of £228,384||17%|
|Paying £2.50 to drive through a toll road or crossing||16%|
Source: Emoov, September 2018