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Familiarity And Contempt

If you’re looking to buy stuff, it’s a great time to make new friends. For example, there was an offer by my cable provider to those who use another service for cable to be a “triple playcustomer (TV, internet, and VOIP) for $70 a month. Considering that I play more than double that just for TV, it seems like a pretty good deal, right?

Children's Valentine, 1940–1950

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Not for me it isn’t. I’m a current customer and, therefore, not eligible for that rate.  I’m not singling out the cable company – they’re hardly the only firm that makes more attractive business deals available to folks with whom they aren’t currently doing business.  Wireless carriers, financial services (Free stock trades!  Better interest rates!  Shiny toasters!), magazines and others often treat their new flames better than they do those to whom they’ve been “married” for years.  So on this Valentine’s Day, I’m reminded that maybe that familiarity leads to some contempt and maybe divorce? Continue reading

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Are Deals Dumb?

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As I read my daily emails from Groupon, LivingSocial, and a couple of other daily deal sites, I started thinking once again about the wisdom of these things. Not so much from a consumer perspective because, frankly, anything that saves me money is OK in my book. From a business perspective, however, there are a number of on-going questions about which there’s a lot of conflicting information. Let’s lay some of it out and get your perspective. Continue reading

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