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it`s black friday

it’s the day after thanksgiving. there was a lot of space available at the subway parking lot when i arrived this morning and the trains were running almost empty. for a change, i could pick a seat. at the office, there’s hardly anybody. most of the staff have taken a day off. i feel a pang of sudden loneliness.

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November 25, 2011 at 10:01 am 6 comments

12 days before christmas

charlie brown charles schulz

i know the holiday season is upon us when the local sunday newspaper becomes so heavy with ad inserts that you’ll need proper lifting and bending techniques to pick up your copy from the newsstand. in a way, your effort is rewarded even if you suffer back pains in the process. the ads distract you from reading the news, which are oftentimes bad, and thereby help you maintain your positive outlook in life.

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December 13, 2010 at 1:00 am 4 comments

Spring Cleaning for Underwears

Springtime is in the air. It’s that time again when college students make use of their parents’ financial resources and go to faraway places to drink a lot of beer and lose their virginity many times over. For those of us who have to earn every cent, we’re glad that boring ritual is behind us. In its place, we can look forward to spring cleaning announcement at work when we can get rid of old computers, monitors, manuals, and leftover food in our drawers. To maintain the right work attitude, management can even spice it up by laying off a few people.

What you do at work should have a bearing on your personal life. Wouldn’t it be a good idea to have some kind of spring cleaning at home, too?

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February 26, 2010 at 10:34 am 10 comments

The Rebate Trap

Everybody loves a bargain that we become willing victims of the rebate trap. Say, who can refuse a $40 rebate on a $200 digital camera? Small wonder that, in addition to paying the bills, mailing rebate coupons has become another post-holiday ritual.

The dictionary defines rebate as a refund of a fraction of the amount paid. It’s offered by a retailer to clear his inventory of an overstock item or to make space for a new model. The rebate amount usually reduces the final cost of the item by a third or half the original retail price making it very appealing to you, the consumer. The retailer also knows that once you fall for the rebate offer, you’ll be inclined to buy more stuff when you visit the store and thus fulfilling his dream of sales and more sales.

Just as the retailer utilizes rebates to sell you goods, so he’s inclined to discourage you from redeeming them. To illustrate, take a look at the rebate coupon itself. Oftentimes, it’s too small that you need to hire an expert who can write your name on a grain of rice to fill in the required information, such as your name, address, serial number, date of purchase, etc. When you do this, however, be aware that your submission could be rejected because the handwriting doesn’t match the one they have on file. (Ok, I’m exaggerating about the handwriting mismatch, but you get the drift).

There are situations when sorting out the rebate requirements have become complicated enough to require the assistance of a lawyer. Some of them (not in any particular order) could be:

1. Purchased between so and so dates.
2. An eligible model
3. Dated receipt of purchase
4. UPC code from the original packaging

So far, that’s the easy part. The idea of hiring a lawyer has come about because some issuers are known to unscrupulously prevent you from getting your just reward. Let’s say, you mail your $40 rebate request but no check arrives after months of waiting. You follow up by calling and writing the retailer to no avail. And finally, when you do get a response, it would be in the form of a letter asking for additional requirements (Hint: the retailer is playing hardball). Under the circumstances, it’d be time to call in the troops, that is, if you can afford the $500 an hour legal fee. Otherwise, you can just give up right then and there and throw up your arms in surrender. which the retailer wants you to do in the first place, anyway.

January 31, 2010 at 1:10 pm 4 comments

Global Warming is Hot

Somebody sent me this picture that eloquently shows the effect of global warming. Nobody can deny that the fashion industry has become more environment-friendly by using less material without compromising one’s modesty. Thank goodness, the basics are still covered. Otherwise, nothing would be left to the imagination. It’s interesting to note, though, that the skimpier it gets, the more expensive it becomes. Just ask any Victoria’s Secret shopper.

I’d like to give credit where the credit is due, but the original source of the picture remains unknown. any ideas?


June 5, 2009 at 5:53 pm 4 comments

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