Category: consumer

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free: 7-Eleven Slurpee on 7/11

I’ve always said that with all the Scavenger Hunts that take place in DC, the highest scoring item should be finding a 7-Eleven with a Slurpee machine that has all flavors functioning properly–at the same time. Fat chance of that,...

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books: Go the F**k to Sleep

The much talked about–and pirated, apparently–book, Go the Fuck to Sleep is now available on Amazon. Cleverly masquerading as a children’s book, it’s clearly for the exasperated parent to have a good laugh with and perhaps give as a gift...

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video: …what’s this ad for?

You’ve got to wonder if someone pitched this ad just to see if they could get away with it. Or this was the ad they wanted the client to turn down to make their other ad look better and it backfired–you designers know what I’m talking about.

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in DC: Whisked!

Coming this weekend to the 14th & U St Farmers Market is Whisked!, the brain child of two DC food bloggers who turned their love of baking into a full time pursuit. Blending regional influences of the Pacific Northwest and the American South, they create treats unlike any other.

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news: metered?!

Just ran into this when surfing from one New York Times article to another. I’ve heard stories of the coming paywall, but hadn’t encountered it myself. I understand why they feel the need to do it, but found it odd...

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frugal friday: DC Dollar Lunch Day

Smooth out those bills and count those quarters! Living Social has partnered up with local businesses to offer $1 lunch deals today. One dollar will get you a $6 to $25 voucher to spend on lunch at local eateries.

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deal: or no deal?

Daily deal sites seem like a great idea, until the establishment changes the rules on-the-fly and without warning…

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consumer: quite the daily deal!

Unless you were in a bunker yesterday, it’s highly unlikely that you or a friend of yours wasn’t buying the Living Social daily deal and then spreading around the link to your friends via one service or another.

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consumer: $6,800 cables, anyone?

For years, blogs have been railing against overpriced cables, Monster Cable being one of the most frequent offenders, but this one takes the cake. AudioQuest’s K2 Terminated Speaker Cable is currently at Amazon for $6,800 (reduced from $8,450).

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trends: shirtless pitch men?

Old Spice didn’t start the idea that skin helps sell a product, but they certainly left a great impression in our minds with their tv and on-the-fly internet spots featuring Isaiah Mustafa. The ads generated much acclaim, countless spoofs and...

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gadgets: video chat is cool now?

Not that this is really news, but I bought the new iPhone. I maintain, however, that it wasn’t really my fault! I was at home not feeling very well the day of the release and after I finally got out...

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etiquette: telephone 101

Just a quick informal poll: You’re calling someone for the first time who has no reason to expect a phone call from you. Once they answer, how would you–the caller–begin your part of the call?

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green: Free Reusable Bag Distribution in DC

I was headed past my nearby CVS and saw signs up advertising “Free Reusable Bags – Today Only!” I stopped in, picked up 2–they said it was ok–and asked if it was all locations today or just this one. Turns...

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caveat emptor: minimum what!?

Let me start off by saying that any business attempting to force a minimum purchase to use a credit card–while not illegal–is often in violation of their agreement with credit card issuers. A merchant can attempt to offset some business...

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caveat emptor: Starbucks quietly raised prices

Since I’m living so close to the office now, I’ve been trying to be good and brew my coffee at home in the mornings. I used to hate this when it involved a metro ride since my travel mug doesn’t...