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Is Amazon Raising Prime Price?

Posted on February 15, 2014

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Amazon’s recent statement that it’s contemplating raising the price of its free-two-day-shipping membership program by $20 to $40 from its current $79 annual rate has ignited a firestorm of sorts and led to a UBS stock downgrade on Wednesday that cited concern that a significant percentage of existing Prime members won’t renew at a higher […]

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Libre Office: Close, But No Cigar

Written by Gary North on March 6, 2013

We are told by reviews that Libre Office is better than Open Office, which for years has been a free alternative to Microsoft Office. Why is Libre Office better? Because there are more coders working on it. “But when Oracle bought Sun, legions of developers abandoned OpenOffice, and instead threw in with a forked version […]

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Santa’s Greatest Gift: Online Price Wars

Written by Gary North on December 3, 2012

The free market is making available low-cost Christmas gifts. Here is an example: a video game that went from $50 to $15 in 7 days. A price war broke out. Amazon drove down the price. Walmart and Target followed suit. It pays to shop online. It pays to wait to buy presents. There is no […]

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Are You Getting My Tip of the Week? If Not, Subscribe.

Written by Gary North on October 29, 2012

Maybe you have not yet signed up for my Tip of the Week eletter. It is mailed out every Saturday morning. It costs nothing to subscribe. To read hundreds of back issues of money-saving tips, click here: http://www.garynorth.com/public/department54.cfm I figure that most households can use ways to cut costs. I find ways to do this. So […]

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WalMart’s New Debit Card: Targeting the Poor

Written by Gary North on October 10, 2012

Walmart and American Express have teamed up to provide a debit card program for Walmart shoppers. The card will be called bluebird, as in “bluebird of happiness.” Their targeted market is poor people who do not have bank accounts. No one in the banking industry wants them. So, Walmart spotted an opportunity. A poor person […]

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