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Do You Really Care Where Your Car Is Made?

March 18th, 2014

We all have our reasons for buying one product over another. You might buy a particular pasta sauce, because you prefer the taste of Brand A over Brand B. That makes perfect sense. When choosing a new car to buy, factors that come into play may include cargo space, safety features, horsepower and fuel economy. [...]

On Capitalism, Corporations and the Illusion of Choice

February 24th, 2014

Living in a capitalistic society, we like to think that we have a great deal of consumer choice. You walk down the cookie aisle at the local supermarket and you’re inundated with countless different brands and varieties, all of which are competing for your hard-earned money. That’s what we like to think, but there is [...]

On Wild and Wacky Amazon Pricing Schemes

February 13th, 2014

Amazon certainly did not become the world’s largest online retailer by accident. Everything that they do is very carefully calculated to ensure maximum profits. That’s why the homepage, newsletters and just about every other form of communication is customized to suit your browsing and purchase history. Amazon also utilizes some very complex pricing algorithms to [...]

On the Origin of Boxing Day

December 26th, 2013

Boxing Day used to be a very big deal around these parts and I suppose that it still is, but nothing will ever compete against the legendary A&B Sound Boxing Day sales of yore. These days, we’re far more likely to see more of a Boxing Week of sales, but with the increased infiltration of [...]

Five Items on My Christmas Wish List

December 13th, 2013

Believe it or not, Christmas is only a week and a half away. It feels like only yesterday that I was complaining about people putting up their holiday decorations too early, but now the malls are already completely flooded with people frantically looking for the perfect gifts for the loved ones in their lives. What [...]