What Is Consumer Exploitation?

Any time a company takes advantage of a consumer, that is an example of consumer exploitation. Commercial societies rely on the consumer spending money in order to create profits. When companies act unethically, they break the trust that they have built with consumers, leading to anger and frustration. While the principle of the free market ideally dictates that fraudulent companies will lose so much money that they go out of business, the truth is that the companies that do the most exploitation often make a lot of money.

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