I usually shop where rates and charges are known in advance. Here are two recent situations and the charges. Maybe someone has other cost comparisons to offer.
Haircut in Taipei 700 NT
Shampoo (decided by hairdresser though not needed) 300 NT
Pedicure (more than twice the price quoted via phone, no polish) 1,400 NT
Total for less than 2 hours: 2,400 NT
Vet charge for 3 days of IV drip hydration for ill cat, over 10 hours of care in the clinic each day,
antibiotics, medication to take home Total: 2,200 NT
I won’t be returning to the hairdresser. I paid the vet more and insisted she keep it.