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.
Recent Examples on the Web Last month, the Free Press reported that one fan, for instance, felt the sting of season ticket sticker shock. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2024 Shop 15 of the best deals below to enjoy the fun color and high quality of Le Creuset’s offerings without any of the sticker shock. Rachel Simon, Travel + Leisure, 13 Feb. 2024 Unlike more infrequent expenses — car insurance, say, or property taxes — that might deliver a similar dose of sticker shock, the sheer frequency of grocery trips makes price increases harder to swallow, said Ross Steinman, a psychology professor at Widener University who studies consumer behavior. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 After years of butcher-counter sticker shock, Americans are likely to see a drop in meat prices thanks to an unlikely ally: the emerging renewable fuel industry. Gerson Freitas Jr., Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 Although its efforts are working — prices are up 3.4 percent from a year ago, down from a peak of 9.1 percent in June 2022 — many Americans are still reeling from sticker shock at grocery stores and gas pumps, where costs remain elevated from pre-pandemic levels. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2024 Prospective diners, seeing menu prices online, got sticker shock. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2023 Economic uncertainty, an unstable geopolitical climate and sticker shock at the local grocery store ($7 for a little pack of blueberries?) may have weighed heavily on the minds of consumers in 2023. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 12 Dec. 2023 Further Reading Pixel 8 Pro review—The best Android phone If your camera breaks, get ready for some serious sticker shock: The Pixel 8 Pro rear camera assembly is $200 for the bundled set of three cameras. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sticker shock was in 1981

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“Sticker shock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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