Tag: "prices"

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Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

Hospitals now own 2/3rds of Private Medical Practices.

National Review: Hospitals to Blame for “Obscene Health-Care Costs” A new article in National Review says that “Hospitals are to blame for obscene health-care costs.”According to the article, “If the Congressional Budget Office’s projections are right, health care will account for almost all increases in government spending for the foreseeable future, excluding interest on the […]

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Car Dealers and TrueCar – FTC Antitrust Investigation

Car Dealers and TrueCar – FTC Antitrust Investigation

U.S. Asks If Car Dealers Ganged Up on Shopping Website TrueCar It used to be that people in the market for a new car could go to the car-shopping website TrueCar.com, which collects bids from auto dealerships, and get dealers to undercut one another on price. Dealers could see the rival prices, so prices tumbled […]

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Buy Local Honey

Buy Local Honey – 3/21/13

‘Honey Laundering’ an International Scandal, Experts say There might be something funny in your honey. Food-safety experts have found that much of the honey sold in the United States isn’t actually honey, but a concoction of corn or rice syrup, malt sweeteners or “jiggery” (cheap, unrefined sugar), plus a small amount of genuine honey, according […]

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50 States Comparisons

50 States Comparisons – 3/6/13

50 States Comparisons   This is a worthwhile download.  Updated annually, it ranks all U.S. States and quantifies things like: tax burden, cost of doing business, state debt, gaming revenue, lottery expenses, population change, commodity production, education scores and salaries, utility prices, crime rates, law enforcement spending, relative health, social security payout and many others.  […]

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Price checking / Showrooming

Price checking / Showrooming – 12/16/12

Retailers embrace price-checking shoppers Many holiday shoppers this year are carrying powerful bargain-hunting tools: smartphones or tablets. With instant price-checking apps, smartphones have spawned a trend called showrooming. That’s what happens when a shopper visits a store to try a product and then uses the phone or tablet to find the best price online. A […]

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FTC Warning on Hidden Hotel Fees

FTC Warning on Hidden Hotel Fees – 12/9/12

Hotels Warned on Hidden Fee Scams “We believe that online hotel reservation sites should include in the quoted total price any unavoidable and mandatory fees, such as resort fees, that consumers will be charged to stay at the hotel. While a hotel reservation site may breakdown the components of the reservation estimate (e.g., room rate, […]

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The Hospitality Industry Has Reached A Seven-Year Low In The Key Areas

The Hospitality Industry Has Reached A Seven-Year Low In The Key Areas – 10/20/12

A Microcosm Of Why Hotel Customers Are Not Happy According to a recent J.D. Power consumer-satisfaction study, the hospitality industry has reached a seven-year low in the key areas of check-in/checkout, services, facilities and food and beverage. It’s within one point of the low for the guestroom itself. These results were front and center during […]

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Call centers warn of price hikes

Call Center Price Hikes – 9/15/12

Call centers warn of price hikes CALL CENTERS may hike prices of their services if the peso continues to strengthen, industry officials yesterday said. “When the peso is strong, the industry is being hurt because our billing rate is in US dollars,” said Jojo J. Uligan, executive director of the Contact Center Association of the […]