Can you think of a business that charges you so dearly for its product as you use it that many customers go deep into debt to pay for it, has increased prices 2-3x ahead of inflation for decades without changing the quality and once you are done using it and have paid in full they will continue to ask you to give it more money until death as if it’s no big deal? And, many happily do.
That’s college education.
Throw in that good chunks of their budget is already covered by taxes and many colleges could survive indefinitely off their endowments without charging customers a dime and it seems even stranger.
Yet, many of the folks who enjoy the spoils of this business model get away with pointing fingers at for-profit companies for making profits, or attempting to do so as most fail over time. Never mind their prices are constrained by competition and inflation, which also encourages them to improve their quality and efficiency over time to keep attracting customers.
Pay no attention that when you are done using their products, they may try to win you back by offering your better deals or better products, but do any expect you to keep paying them just because you were a customer in the past? Well, maybe gyms.
If you stare at it too long, it just looks strange. And nobody notices.