A good number of people may think they are getting a great deal on their cell phone service until they look at how many of the 1,400 or 2,000 (or more) minutes a month from their plan they actually use. If you only use 50 minutes of a 1,400 minute plan it can work out to a steep $1.60 per minute, depending on the particular plan's cost. The moral: Whenever you buy in bulk, take care not to over-buy.
That's certainly what happened to Montgomery County Maryland officials when they signed up with Enterprise Rent-A-Car for a car sharing service. The county reportedly paid over $100,000 for the program at $1,100 per month per car. The only problem is almost no one bothered to actually use the 28 available cars. Employees with county-provided vehicles have been reluctant to give up those cars in favor of the shared vehicles. The cars were only signed out 16 times in 3 1/2 months for a total of 84 hours. That comes out to $1,300 per hour! Perhaps the county should have made the program mandatory by taking away the assigned vehicles first!

[Source: WUSA9.com]


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