sticker shock


Definition of sticker shock

: astonishment and dismay experienced on being informed of a product's unexpectedly high price

Examples of sticker shock in a Sentence

We left the store suffering severe sticker shock.

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Oil industry analysts say motorists need not worry about sticker shock at the pump this summer — but that’s actually bad news. NBC News, "Tankers on fire may not lead to lower gas prices — but a continued trade war will," 14 June 2019 Plus, the charming South Carolina coastal community has plenty of opportunities for entertainment, play and even education without the sticker shock. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "8 Myrtle Beach activities that your family (and wallet) will love," 7 June 2019 This collection of skincare products offers medical-grade formulas at a price that won't give you sticker shock. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "I'm Addicted to Anti-Aging Products and The Ordinary Is the Best Brand I've Ever Used," 13 Feb. 2019 Global smartphone sales have fallen over the past year, reflecting sticker shock over new phone prices and a lack of show-stopping features to persuade consumers to upgrade. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "Apple Loses Ground to China’s Homegrown Rivals," 3 Jan. 2019 These self-install kits get you a custom-quality van without the sticker shock. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Why I love having a microwave in my camper van," 20 Dec. 2018 Variations of this gilt pleasure teem in vintage stores like The Apartment, and for less sticker shock, CB2 gives us a modern iteration of the famous fixture. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Is This the Original SAD Lamp? The Best Tropical Light Fixtures to Ward Off Seasonal Blues," 12 Oct. 2018 Beer is already expensive in Australia and Japan, for instance, so beer drinkers there wouldn't feel the brunt of the sticker shock quite so much as other regions, like Belgium, Germany, or the Czech Republic. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Barley shortages from climate change could mean less beer worldwide," 15 Oct. 2018 Competitive startup clinics like Extend Fertility, Ova, and Kindbody are tackling the sticker shock, shaving off a not-negligible few grand. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "At 35, I Went to a Millennial Egg-Freezing Clinic—and Now I’m Rethinking My Future," 12 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of sticker shock

1981, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sticker shock

US : a feeling of surprise and disappointment caused by learning that something you want to buy is very expensive

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