I just moved into a new apartment with these weird receptacles that make it very difficult to plug anything in. Is there a trick to these? Or is it normal for it to be extremely difficult to plug into them?
They are tamper resistant, as indicated by the letters "TR" stamped between the holes. The secret is to insert the plug squarely into the receptacle. The two little doors inside have to be pushed at the same time by the prongs of the plug.
Well, you are the owner of a newer type of tamper resistant outlet. It's great to have a safe home, but I have been asked to remove these, as in other newer code required devices that cause problems, but they are code now, so only the home owner can do this.
Try wiggling the plug back and forth to get these pieces of crap to open.
In my personal opinion if the circuit is GFCI protected these are absolute waste.