Why Is The Quilted Northern Tube Wider But The Square Footage The Same?

Why Is The Quilted Northern Tube Wider But The Square Footage The Same?

Here’s a conundrum. Reader Jim bought a new 12-pack of Quilted Northern Three-Ply and noticed that the diameter of the cardboard tube inside was about a quarter of an inch larger than his old roll. Both packages said they contained 266.6 square feet of booty-wiping tissue and the total thickness of the rolls was the same. So what’s going on? Are these simply a more efficient — however you wish to definite it — version of TP? Inquiring minds want to know. [More]

Biz Owner Says FedEx Added 85 Pounds To Package Weight

Biz Owner Says FedEx Added 85 Pounds To Package Weight

Ross has a small business that routinely ships 10-pound packages, but says he was horrified to find out that FedEx has charged his account with a 95-pound package shipment. [More]

Sears Fails Third-Grade Math

Sears Fails Third-Grade Math

Quick, what’s 2 x 15? Did you get 40? No? Then you’re apparently overqualified to run Sears’ website.

Nine West Overcharges You Because Calculating Taxes Is Hard

Nine West Overcharges You Because Calculating Taxes Is Hard

Nine West wasn’t sure how much tax to charge Jane for her online order so they have gave her a price that was $5.48 less than what they actually charged. When Jane wrote in to complain and to ask for her money back, Nine West explained that it was impossible to instantly calculate how much tax to charge because they use two highly-sophisticated tax gizmos that simply can’t interface with their online store. Jane wants to know if Nine West’s charges are ethical and whether it’s worth complaining over six bucks.

Verizon Math: $0 Off Equals A 25% Discount!

Verizon Math: $0 Off Equals A 25% Discount!

Sigh, someone get a school counselor. It’s two years later and Verizon still hasn’t mastered this whole counting thing. The telecom now believes that selling a $29.99 charger for $29.99 somehow equals a 25% discount. It doesn’t. It equals no discount. Verizon’s board should try this with C.E.O. Ivan Seidenberg’s salary. Pay him the same, but tell him he’s getting a 25% raise for his exemplary counting skills. (Thanks to Justin!)

Math Problem: Best Paying Off Credit Card Method, Snowball or Orzman?

Math Problem: Best Paying Off Credit Card Method, Snowball or Orzman?

The “Snowball” method for paying off debt is very popular, but what about one offered by Suze Orman? Which one results in paying the least money and getting out of debt the fastest? First, take a peek at JLP’s description of both.

How Low Will the iPod Price Go?

How Low Will the iPod Price Go?

Find out after the jump.