Earlier this month, millions of Americans filed their income tax returns, but so many continue to pay an additional “stupidity” tax, not to the government, but to tech companies that take advantage of consumer laziness and computer illiteracy. You may think that you’re smart paying that blue shirt to scan your computer for viruses, but he’s laughing at you on his way to the bank. Avoid the digital dunce cap by steering clear of these common technology rip-offs.
If you failed first grade math and get all your technology advice from washed up wrestlers, rent-to-own stores like Rent-a-Center and Aarons are here to take your money, all of it. You can rent a "worry-free" $349 notebook for around $25 a week and pay a mere $1,299 for it over the course of 12 months. But hey, if Hulk Hogan says it's a good deal, it must be one, "brother!"
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