Yes, even cheap hosting services can gouge you, especially if they are not up-front about all of their fees, etc. When you are paying for web hosting services, look at the fine-print closely. Make sure you know everything when it comes to pricing, right down to taxes and such. Look for those hidden costs; especially after a too good to be true trial offer ends. Changing web hosting services is not a bad thing if it is necessary. You want to get the most bang for your buck. If you do decide to leave one web hosting company because of unsatisfactory behavior, it might be a good idea to write a review so that this may not happen to others.
You can be gouged in another way with hosting services, one that is not monetary in nature. Is the customer support that you’re received less than efficient? Look specifically for inconsistencies, especially if you know more than the representatives in customer service even though you are relatively new to hosting. If this is the case, run fast.