November 2010

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

The Price of Angering China

As China’s economic clout has grown, so has its propensity to throw its weight around. It stopped exports of rare earths to Japan when Japan arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing boat that rammed a Japanese coast guard vessel … Continue reading

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010

The Price of Shipping

Amazon may have just pulled off the most astonishing feat in retail: to get its customers to pay for the privilege of buying more. Amazon’s Prime service, which offers customers free two-day delivery for an annual fee of $79, has … Continue reading

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Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Bundled Prices

Cable TV is brilliant at selling us what we don’t want. Typical cable subscription plans include dozens of channels of utterly irrelevant pap. Think FitTV and the DIY channel. The average American home receives 126 channels but watches only 38 … Continue reading

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

Popular Prices

I’d never given much thought to the conceptual differences that might arise between the singular and the plural. So I was surprised to find that the concept “price” tends to evoke very different things than that of “prices.” The two … Continue reading

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