CES 2008 – Let the overcharging begin!

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

Las Vegas (NV) – Remember the days when Las Vegas used to be affordable?  Back in the 80s, you could get a decent buffet here for under $5, but now such deals are quite rare.  As we gear up for all the pre-CES show events to start, we are reminded that we should have brought a bag of cash because prices are as high as the Stratosphere Tower.

Wireless Internet prices at Ceasar's Palace 

Let’s start with the essentials, like Internet access.  After all, if we don’t have Internet then we can’t upload any stories.  In our wonderful Imperial Palace room, wireless Internet is available for just $6 for one hour.  Of course, the hotel gives you a special daily rate of $10 and an even better discount for one week at $50.  Wireless Internet access across the street at the Ceasar’s Palace was actually more expensive at $13 for 24 hours.

A bit cheaper at Imperial Palace 

Even though these prices are quite outrageous, they are nothing compared to what the Sands Convention Center charged during last year’s CES – a whopping $400 for two days of access.  You can read that article here and we even have a screenshot to prove it.

Yikes!!  That's one expensive hot dog. 

Besides Internet, food is another obvious essential and I was absolutely starving after having driven seven hours from Los Angeles.  Don’t get me started on how a few inches of rain can boggle the average Southern California driver.  My Canadian friends always say that Californians think the slightest rainfall is the start of the Apocalypse.  But I digress, surely a simple hot dog couldn’t cost that much right?  WRONG!  How about $11.53 for a hot dog, fries and a fountain drink.

Oh and if you were wondering about our hotel room… $247 a night, without tax.  However, we suspect that many other CES goers are probably paying MUCH MUCH more.