Our power-shopping colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports wondered: which of the used-textbook services have the best prices on popular course materials? You can usually get the best prices by bypassing the campus bookstore, but which of the many sites now available offer the best deals?
Their survey wasn’t perfect, namely because they went book shopping in July. Shopping for books in July doesn’t give you perfect insight into what prices are like during the beginning-of-the-semester rush, but summer classes are a thing, and the sites’ inventory and prices did vary between visits.
What they found was that the site that had the consistently best prices was Amazon. At any given time, a different site might have a slightly lower price, but Amazon’s prices were the best consistently over time. Barnes & Noble was consistently the highest, wh
The question: I’m a girl, and no matter what I try, how little or how much I clean it, or what products I try, I always have a smell… down there. Why? What can I do to make myself scentless?
The answer: The challenge with vaginal odor is that there’s not a wealth of good studies or teachings that can be a guide to what’s “normal” and what’s “not normal,” says Rajiv Gala, M.D., a Young-Physician-At-Large with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and faculty member of the Ochsner Medical Center Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology in New Orleans. However, if you’re noticing a particularly strong smell, chances are high an infection is the root of the problem.
While discharge from yeast infections, which is a common kind of vaginal infection, doesn’t usually have an odor, other kinds of infections do. B
Everyone knows that after knocking back a few drinks, there’s a good chance a sudden craving for tacos will strike. So why would your wedding night be any different?
Turns out, it’s not. And this picture proves that:
The photo was posted to Reddit Thursday with the caption, “My drunk wife trying to order Taco Bell after the reception.” It captured the hearts and souls of hungry, drunk people everywhere — racking up over 1 million views in just one day.
According to the groom, who posted the photo, the Taco Bell was next to their hotel.
All we have to say is, any bride who can look like a Disney princess while walking through the drive-thru is a keeper in our book.
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A couple in California who ran a used car dealership embody consumers’ worst fears about buying used cars. They now face almost 80 criminal charges of grand theft by false pretenses, perjury, filing false documents with the DMV, and twenty counts of unlawfully rolling back a car odometer.
The investigation started in April of this year, when a customer of the used car dealership brought her car to a mechanic with a functioning brain, who noticed that the car appeared to have traveled at least twice as many miles as the odometer indicated.
Department of Motor Vehicles investigators looked into cars that the dealership had sold in the past, noticing discrepancies between auction records for those cars and the current odometer readings.
Wait, though: how do you roll back an odometer when most cars have digital displays now? Despite what my imagination tells me, rolling
Name: Cody Burgess
Before Weight: 412 pounds
How I Gained It: My whole life I have been overweight. My earliest memory of looking at a scale was when I tried out for wrestling at age 13 and saw 260 pounds. I was so heavy that they wouldn’t let me wrestle, so I quit. I continually gained weight from bad eating habits picked up from my parents. Oftentimes they would just buy fast food or frozen meals for dinner. We were pretty poor growing up, and both my parents were alcoholics, as well as smokers. This left little money for nutritious foods. We only drank soda pop, sometimes 10 cans a day! I don’t blame my parents though; they truly tried the best they could to raise my brother and me. In high school, I began to work full time for a fast food restaurant, eating fast food for at least two meals a day. I never looked to change
While the FCC’s public comment period for the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger remain open through Monday, the commission has already sent off its first round of questions to the companies involved. And judging by both the quantity and quality of the things being asked, it looks like the FCC isn’t ready to rubber-stamp the deal.
The FCC has sent lengthy requests for information to Comcast and TWC. It has also sent request to Charter, as the carrier is slated to swap several markets with the combined company if the merger is completed.
While it’s no surprise for the FCC to ask for precise data on customers and markets covered by these companies, there are some unexpected questions. For example, the Comcast information request [PDF] asks for very detailed data about Netflix traffic and info on Comcast’s pay-for-access deal with the streaming video gi
He ate all this stuff so you wouldn’t have to. [via AdWeek]
This week, Taco Bell took a break from its 172-year tradition of selling handcraftd, top-of-the-line, high-priced authentic Mexican cuisine to launch a dollar menu. Since even that is too expensive to convince me to eat at the Bell, I have to rely on some brave canaries willing to test the air of this fast food coal mine to see if this stuff is safe.
Thankfully, AdWeek’s David Griner was willing to put his stomach on the line for the sake of humanity, taste-testing each of the 11 items on the new bargain-basement menu and living long enough to write up his thoughts.
After investing his $12.99 in science, Griner headed home with, “two satisfyingly hefty sacks of warm, damp, processed food.”
Feel free to read his entire story — sure to be a James Beard award nominee — but we’ve
Earlier this year, Staples announced plans to close 225 underperforming store due to poor performance. Almost six months later, the office supply retailer hasn’t managed to turn things around, mostly because consumers are looking elsewhere for most of the things they would buy at Staples. Especially electronics. Turning things around will be a difficult task, since the chain plans aggressive discounts to lure customers back in.
One of the most aggressive of those discounts is their price-matching plan, which is Staples’ plan to get some electronics business back from other big-box retailers and Amazon. Notably, the only website they will match is Amazon. For this back-to-school season, Staples is doing a 110% price match: matching prices, then discounting 10%.
Will it work? Maybe. Reuters reports that the company’s overall sales continue to fall, and
CNN Money’s colorful but misleading map shows both real and imaginary private gigabit expansion but misses public gigabit networks.
Broadband internet coverage in the United States is still pretty uneven. While some, mainly rural, communities are scrambling to connect to the 21st century using slow, old, and unreliable tech, some urban areas are dashing forward at over 1000 Mbps. The list of lucky cities with gigabit connections is growing, as CNN Money reports, but it’s not growing in the way that CNN indicates.
The article is right that gigabit connections are, slowly, starting to meander their way into a number of cities around the United States. But the map is misleading in a couple of big ways: it overplays the current contributions of big telecom businesses, and misses a chance to highlight smaller success stories.
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Remember a few years ago when we showed you the astonishing video of the shrinking Maxwell House cans? Well, it’s about to get even smaller because Kraft, the maker of the “eh, it’s good enough” coffee, struck a deal giving Keurig to power to produce single-serve K-cups of its java.
Kraft’s decision to allow Keurig Green Mountain Inc. to sell Maxwell House and other Kraft-branded coffees in the single-serve format is an about-face for the company’s previous license granting resistance, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Less than two years ago Kraft was adamant that it would sell its own K-cup pods that would be compatible with both its own Tassimo brewing system and the popular Keurig system.
But that mentality seems to have changed, as Keurig and Kraft are said to have reached a multi-year licensing agreement in which Keurig takes over manufa