The New York Times has a soul-soothing calculator that lets you know whether you’d be better off renting or buying. [More]
Sometimes, we get a tip in that rides the line between malignant incompetence and stupid mistake. I’m not really sure which one this next one counts as, so I’ll let you decide.
Eric ordered a hard drive from Buy.com. He never received it, but Buy.com says that it was delivered. Eric’s wife was home at the time that the delivery supposedly happened, and she remains hard drive-less. Now, Buy.com is saying that it’s their policy not to be responsible for items once they are shipped, and Eric wants to warn others about this policy.
I can’t help but feel a little ripped off when you finish a bag of popcorn only to find a bunch of unpopped kernels at the bottom. Am I really paying for defective popcorn? Which is I’m glad reader Wade, a popcorn junkie, conducted a home experiment to see which brand of popcorn pops the most kernels, and which one is the best to buy. They’re not the same. In his test of Newman’s Own, Pop Secret, Jolly Time, Best Choice, Act II, and Orville Redenbacker popcorn, Newmann’s popped the most kernels, but Wade dubbed said Act II the winner. Why? It’s the cheapest, came in 2nd for popped kernel percentage, it comes decently close to providing the claimed amount of servings, and his subjects said it tasted the best. Check out his site for the full results and methodology.
Free Shipping On is a new site lets you shop only for stuff with free shipping at Amazon, eBay and tons of other sites.
Here are the cars Consumer Reports says are standouts in 2008 for “performance, versatility, reliability, and safety.”
ForbesAutos released its list of the top 10 most fuel-efficient luxury cars.
Looking to upgrade to a hi-def TV? Now is the time, says Consumer Reports. Price are down as much as 40% and quality is up. They tested a whole bunch of TVs and rated as Best Buys the Sony Bravia KDL-46S3000 $1900 46-inch and Toshiba Regza 42HL67 $1,150 42 inch LCD TVs. Based on their surveys, repair rates have been very low, and so they still recommend skipping the extended warranty.
A roundup of the best, basic, no-frills, low-cost cellphones. [Cnet]
Walter Mossberg wrote a guide for buying a Mac and we like the parts that say who should and who shouldn’t get one. Mac vs PC debates are highly personal, often end in bloodshed, and usually make no sense, so it’s nice to see a rational discussion of each system’s attributes. In the end, it really matters what kind of user you are, and what your price point is…
These are the 25 cars you’re least likely to die in, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks 2007. They do front and side crashes at high speeds. They see how much of a crick in the neck you get after being hit in the rear. One thing that stands out is that cars with optional electronic stability control are getting good grades.
This nice 8.5 x 11 picture of hundreds of shopping carts can be yours for only $20. It was taken by Kate Bingaman, the gal, who draws pictures of all her credit cards and purchases. [20x200]
Here’s a sample email one man used to gather quotes from multiple dealerships. He ended up getting a 2007 Odyssey EX minivan for $25,780 before TTL, $630 under invoice, no trade, no accessories and the dealer beat his e-loan rate. [dbattery]
As we read in their e-newsletter this morning, a top airline analyst told Farecompare.com, “because of the debut of Virgin America, watch for many airlines to lower the air fares on their transcontinental flights for the foreseeable future.” Wow, look at that, increased competition means lower prices for consumer. Who would have ever have thunk it? And yes, that’s a view inside one of their planes.
If you’re interested in switching to “green light,” check out this comprehensive but digestible CFL buying and use guide. [Danny Lipford]