Category Archive: Just for Fun

Nov 20

Can Amazon.com Save the USPS

Anyone following the United States Postal Service (“USPS”) recently has heard that the organization is losing money.  There have been many plans floating around on how to decrease cost and increase revenues.  Once such plan earlier this year was to eliminate Saturday delivery.  A recent USA Today article states, The postal service expects to deliver …

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Nov 13

India Blasts Off to Mars for Only $73 Million

Last week on Tuesday, India launched its first Mars mission for the relatively-low cost of $73 million. The budget for the Mangalyaan (Hindi for “Mars craft”) is being hailed as a potential “game changer” of space exploration economics. S. Arunan, Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) Mission Project Director as reportedly said, “this is less than …

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Oct 31

More Tricks Than Treats This Halloween

Happy Halloween to all my spooked blog readers interested in the current state of the “Halloween economy”. Last year’s discussion can be found here. This year the ghost of Halloween past has managed to spook some shoppers away. The scary tale of the US economy, among many other culprits, may be what is causing Halloween …

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Sep 24

Gracious Gesture Provides Tax Benefit

As described here, a Georgia couple recently turned an unhappy circumstance into a benefit for many.  When their daughter called off her wedding too close to the actual event to obtain a refund on the high end venue, food and entertainment, the Fowlers had the idea to donate the already paid for services to a …

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Sep 19

How the information age might have doomed REI’s generous returns policy

REI, a retailer of outdoors equipment and clothing, has ended its extremely generous merchandise returns policy. This policy allowed customers to return any REI product, no matter how much time had passed since the date of purchase, no matter the condition of the returned product, and with or without a receipt. REI’s generosity earned it …

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Sep 16

The Behind the Scenes Cost of Entering the Shark Tank

ABC’s popular reality TV show, “Shark Tank,” features financing negotiations between a panel of venture capitalists (the “Sharks”) and entrepreneurs/small business owners. Like normal venture capital investing, the deals portrayed in the show generally involve an exchange of an equity stake in the company for a certain amount cash that the business requires. The show’s …

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Sep 09

Do “Presidential Names” Become More Popular?

An event study captures the impact of a certain event(s) on a marketplace. This technique is most commonly used in the context of the stock market, when analysts study the effects of certain events on stock prices. Analysts look at share prices prior to the event of interest (e.g. a stock split, CEO resignation, etc.) …

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Aug 28

“Dirtiest Hotel in America” Loses Again

The owner of a Tennessee hotel named at the top of TripAdvisor’s 2011 list of America’s dirtiest hotels has lost its bid to sue the website for defamation.  A federal appeals court agreed with the 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Thomas Phillips’ determination that users would not reasonably conclude that the resort was literally “America’s dirtiest …

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Aug 27

Best Places to Work in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) just published its list of the best companies to work for in Los Angeles for 2013.  The LABJ ranks the top 100 companies in Los Angeles, and segregates the list into Large (250+ employees), Medium (50-249 employees) and Small (15-49 employees) companies. The best places to work in Los …

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Aug 16

Beer Companies Are Losing Ground, Especially With Younger Consumers

What alcoholic beverage do people like to drink?  Well Gallup conducted its annual Consumption Habits poll and the verdict is in.  Jeffrey M. Jones summarizes the survey results on behalf of Gallup (see here). A majority of American’s drink alcoholic beverages, with 63% percent of survey respondents since 1939 historically indicating that they drink occasionally.  …

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