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How Do Your Job’s Benefits Compare?

by Luke Landes

While I was meeting with one of my managers about a project I’m working on in the office, we got to talking about a little bit of history within our department. Several years ago, the group went through a major budget cutback and massive layoffs. The team I now work with (within the larger department) ... Continue reading this article…

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Regularly Scheduled Auto Maintenance, Part 2: 50,000 Miles

by Luke Landes

In April of last year, I passed 20,000 miles on my 2004 Honda Civic. I took my car into the dealer for regularly scheduled maintenance. Needless to say, this attracted a bunch of comments focusing on how much I overpaid. This time around, after passing 50,000 miles recently, I took the car to Pep Boys ... Continue reading this article…

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This Week in Consumerism Commentary History

by Luke Landes

Last year, I was talking about the following around this time: My net worth as of July 2005: $33,506 (although revised calculations put it at $33,282). This was back when I was allowed to work overtime for more money. I agreed with Bill Frist on an issue regarding drug companies’ advertisements. Here are seven reasons ... Continue reading this article…

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The Music Business, it is a-Changin’

by Luke Landes

The winners in the music business has almost always been record companies, not the artists. There are notable exceptions of course, but in the grand scheme, when a record company foots the bill for the production of an album, they also own most of the profit. Jeff Kwatinetz, the CEO of a talent management company ... Continue reading this article…

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Cell Phone Upgrade Fees

by Luke Landes

Think you’re getting a deal when you upgrade your cell phone? There are hidden fees you may be paying without knowing it. The Red Tape Chronicles did some investigating and discovered cell phone retail salespeople mocking their customers, describing how they mislead the unsuspecting: * “If someone asks me why upgrade fees are charged, I ... Continue reading this article…

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The Carnival is Up!

by Luke Landes

The latest Carnival of Personal Finance has been published at Get Rich Slowly, and there are a number of excellent articles this week. Also, if you missed it because you were asleep, I’ve posted the latest Carnival of Business.

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Carnival of Business #16

by Luke Landes

Welcome to Consumerism Commentary and the 16th edition of the Carnival of Business. If you’re new to this website, feel free to read about me and this blog and peruse a collection of articles from the first half of this year. There were a number of submissions this week, and below you will find all ... Continue reading this article…

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Back to School Shopping: Tax Free Holidays (Not in New Jersey)

by Luke Landes

A number of states are offering sales tax-free shopping “holidays” this year to entice shoppers to spur the economy before it’s time to go back to school. Bankrate has the full scehdule, which includes some days that have already passed. New Jersey is not on the list; however, we never have to pay tax on ... Continue reading this article…

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HOWTO Become an eBay Millionaire

by Luke Landes

If you’re considering opening up a shop to sell any kind of merchandise, you might want to skip the store rent expenses and sell out of your home. Hundreds of thousands of small business owners have created profitable businesses using eBay rather than their own storefront. Would-be marketers have caught on to the craze and ... Continue reading this article…

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New Design for Consumerism Commentary

by Luke Landes

Unless you’re reading this post via email or RSS, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve slightly changed the look of this site. Let me know if anything looks awkward. I know I’m not a master of design, but I’m pleased with the way it came out. Do your best to shoot down or placate my ego. ... Continue reading this article…

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