“Upcharges” vs. “Downcharges”

What’s an “upcharge?”

When the waiter informs you that it will be an extra $3 to guaranty that no eel or shrimp come with the “sushi combo” lunch special (true).

(I took my chances, and declined to pay it).

So, what’s a “downcharge?”

When the cashier at The Wedge reminds you that you have $5 in store coupons that expire at the end of the month, and encourages you to apply them to your current purchase.

P.S.:  also qualifying as an “upcharge,” at least in my book:   an airline fee to pre-select your seats (see, “Calling Sun Country’s Bluff“).

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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