I just realized that the little calendar in the back of my Bank of America checkbook ends with July 2013. Is there a reason for this? There are 2 blank pages that follow, so I know there was room to print more calendars.
What does BOA know that they aren’t telling us… or are they? I’m wondering if that if this is some sort of secretive heroic effort on their part [...]
Zynga and American Express are back together again in a new deal that will give prepaid card carriers ways to earn extra Farm Cash.
American Express, which has long been known for catering to high-end consumers, is moving downmarket. They’ve got a new platform called Serve, which is kind of a catchall service that supports many payment methods from traditional plastic cards with magnetic stripes to NFC to QR codes to basic online [...]
The Main Street Alliance, an alliance of small businesses: “In survey after survey and interview after interview, Main Street small business owners confirm that what we really need is more customers—more demand—not deregulation. Policies that restore our customer base are what we need now, not policies that shift more risk and more costs onto us from big corporate actors.”
“I’d like to know, how will rolling back financial standards and allowing [...]
by Trent Nouveau, TG
Amazon’s wildly popular $200 Kindle Fire tablet is getting about as much traction as the original iPad.
Analyst Jordan Rohan recently estimated that 6 million Kindle Fire tablets have been sold, which puts the device right on par with the rate of sales of Apple’s first iPad.
“Amazon’s device proliferation strategy has broader implications than most appreciate. [For example], tablets including iPad and Kindle Fire are rapidly taking share from [...]
“…Far more than at any point in the past, the cost of goods and the cost of labor was suddenly and irrevocably severed. The goals of manufacturing workers in the US were no longer a concern to employers, because those workers were now ex-employees. Even as prices fell, the reduced cost of labor made it possible for corporations to extract higher profit margins.
By opening China as a manufacturing hub for [...]
I was out running errands and stopped at Shipley’s to buy donuts. I have been going there for years. I made my purchase, which was $3.00 and handed the girl my debit card, only to be advised that they now only accepted credit/debit cards for $5.00 or more (She pointed to a piece of paper posted on a far counter!). The girl knew me, was embarrassed, and tried hard to [...]
Small business owner here.
Had a shitty end of 08 and almost went out of business in 09.
Started 2010 as best year ever, but heading into same flux as 08. Not a good sign!
I cater to the existing residential market. They have slowed spending greatly, meaning confidence is diminishing rapidly once again.
Here we go again!!!
I barely stayed in business through the first wave, I’m done if this stretch continues.
This economy can’t [...]