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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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Interesting News Articles

by Luke Landes

I don’t have the time to read through many articles while at work, but here are a few I’ve skimmed and I may want to return to at some point. * Domain names are hot [CNN] but you may have to buy “used” — and spend some hard cash — to get something good. * ... Continue reading this article…

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Around the Blogs

by Luke Landes

Here are some of the more interesting articles from the MoneyBlogNetwork and beyond this week. AllFinancialMatters doesn’t like a new bill to “aid” 401(k) participants. Free Money Finance thinks we can take some lessons on how to earn money from star professional athletes. Five Cent Nickel talks about Vanguard’s new website login. Blueprint for Financial ... Continue reading this article…

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Savings Interest Rates May Go Down Soon

by Luke Landes

It’s the biggest cliffhanger since Colin Baker literally hung off a cliff to end a truly bad episode of Doctor Who. On August 8, the Fed will meet and decide whether to raise interest rates. Traders think there’s a 76 percent chance the fed will pause the rate hikes, for at least the time being. I ... Continue reading this article…

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I Am Hosting The Carnival of Business

by Luke Landes

On Monday, I will be hosting the Carnival of Business here on Consumerism Commentary. If you are a blogger who has written about business recently and would like to have an article featured, please submit your information to me before 6:00 pm Eastern Time on Sunday. No spam, no scams, and no off-topic posts, please.

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