The car salesman offers you a sleek new luxury model for $33,000. Go for it, you think. Time for an upgrade. Sold.
Oops, the sales guy says later. Those numbers won't pencil. We'll need $98,000.
You're stunned and outraged.
Tell you what, the dealer counters. We'll let ya have it for $68,000 and take off some options.
Take the car and shove it, you tell him. Can't afford it. Don't need it.
You're entitled to do that — back out of a car deal before taking delivery. But apparently not a bullet train.
Once you sign up for a bullet train, you're stuck, no matter the bait-and-switch on cost and details.
-- George Skelton