Consumer Prices Fall For The First Time Since 1955

Consumer Prices Fall For The First Time Since 1955

Grab your nearest economist and hold them tight, prices are falling. The Labor Department says that the obsessed-over Consumer Price Index fell 0.4 percent for the year — the first annual drop since 1955.

Probably At 4 Cookies The Real Savings Kicks In

Probably At 4 Cookies The Real Savings Kicks In

Edward found this sign at a Subway shop in NYC. We appreciate that they’re doing the addition for us.

69 Cent Tracks Are Hard To Find On iTunes Music Store

69 Cent Tracks Are Hard To Find On iTunes Music Store

MP3newswire.net browsed through not-quite-hits from past decades on the iTunes Music Store to see where these fabled 69 cent music tracks are hiding. He tried the Katydids, Camper Van Beethoven, the Lyres, Rock and Roll Trio, but found nothing below 99 cents. Then he went back to be-bop and blues recordings of the ’40s—nope. Finally, he looked at songs from Ada Jones, a recording artist from 1893 to 1922. Everything was still 99 cents.

iTunes Raises Prices To $1.29 For Popular Music Tracks

iTunes Raises Prices To $1.29 For Popular Music Tracks

Say what you will about Apple’s dominion over the music industry, but for a while now they’ve maintained an artificially low market for music tracks by forcing labels to sell songs for 99 cents each. That era is over: in exchange for moving to a higher bitrate and going 100% DRM free (hooray) iTunes has officially introduced “variable pricing” (boo), which means each track may cost 69 cents, 99 cents, or $1.29—it all depends on the song and the label. It looks like Amazon has introduced variable pricing as well, although it’s mostly holding to the 99 cents threshold for now. Amazon’s tracks, by the way, have always been free of DRM.

Duane Reade May Want To Rethink The Instructions On Their Generic Sandwich Bags

Duane Reade May Want To Rethink The Instructions On Their Generic Sandwich Bags

Duane Reade wants you to compare their store brand sandwich bags to Ziploc’s bags, and you should, because Ziplcoc’s bags are $0.50 cheaper.

This Subway Sub To Salad Conversion Is Pretty Expensive

This Subway Sub To Salad Conversion Is Pretty Expensive

Reader Will sent us the above picture and asked why we thought it would cost so much more to substitute a plastic bowl for a piece of bread.

Kodak's Overpriced Photo Site Will Delete Your Photos If You Don't Spend Money

Kodak's Overpriced Photo Site Will Delete Your Photos If You Don't Spend Money

Kodak Gallery is a poor choice for online photo storage. As of this month, they’ve changed their storage policy so that now you must spend a minimum amount—$4.99 or $19.99, depending on whether you’re under or over 2GB of storage—every 12 months or your pics will be deleted. By comparison, Shutterfly has no minimum spending requirement and unlimited storage.

Have Airlines Run Out Of Annoying Fees?

Have Airlines Run Out Of Annoying Fees?

So, it’s not exactly good news, but between the toilet tax and priority boarding fees, Reuters thinks that airlines may have run out of “perks” worth excluding from a ticket’s base price. The bad news? All those new airline fees aren’t going anywhere. American Airlines, which last year pocketed an extra billion in “ancillary revenue,” calls them “a pretty big success story.”

Best Buy Not Honoring Price Match Guarantee

Best Buy Not Honoring Price Match Guarantee

Not to be outdone by all the negative publicity Office Depot is getting over their “not in stock” lies, Best Buy stores in the New York area have been uncovered refusing to price match TV prices in accordance with their official policy. When pressed, the sales associates said that the TVs weren’t covered due to imaginary exclusions that aren’t included in the official policy language. An employee at one of the stores gave in, but then made up a new imaginary policy that said free delivery would cost $100.

This Pringles Super Stack Size Traps The Math Illiterate

This Pringles Super Stack Size Traps The Math Illiterate

The Super Stack can of Pringles on the right looks super big and super packed full of chips. It only has 12% more snack inside, though, while it costs 25% more of your money. Luckily, if you’re not handy with division or don’t have a calculator or phone with you, just look at the price per pound on the tags below. And never trust packaging!

Gas And Ingredients Are Cheap, So Why Are Grocery Prices Rising?

Gas And Ingredients Are Cheap, So Why Are Grocery Prices Rising?

With the the cost of ingredients, gas prices, and interest rates dropping, why are food manufacturers continuing to hike prices and shrink products? According to the L.A. Times, supermarkets don’t know, but they’re as pissed as we are.

Verizon Isn't Really Sure How Much Their DSL Service Costs

Verizon Isn't Really Sure How Much Their DSL Service Costs

Brian begged and pleaded but Verizon simply wouldn’t tell him how much his DSL would cost after taxes and fees, unless he signed a one-year contract. The customer service representatives staffing Verizon’s operation centers claimed that it was too difficult to figure out all that math nonsense for every jurisdiction. When Brian pushed and insisted that surely they had to know how much their service cost, he was told that “there wasn’t anyone in Verizon that knew the answer.”

Retail Multiple Personality Disorder Strikes at Walmart

Retail Multiple Personality Disorder Strikes at Walmart

Reader Jeff is confused. He wants to purchase a laptop from Walmart. Upon Perusing his website from home, he saw a nice Acer Netbook for under $300. Of course, upon walking into the store, he was confronted with a slightly higher price. Luckily, he talked to the nice customer service representative and quickly price matched the in store item to the online price and Jeff walked out a happy customer.

Nearly 30% Of Books Sold For The Kindle Are Now Above $9.99

Nearly 30% Of Books Sold For The Kindle Are Now Above $9.99

It’s been a little over a year since Amazon released the Kindle, and now publishers are finally getting the chance to set their own pricing on ebook editions. The result has been a slow creep in pricing on some titles—in some cases to levels above the price of a paper edition of the same book—for a digital edition that you can’t resell, give away to someone else, or read on any other device. Kindle owners have started to notice, and now some of them are complaining that Amazon overpromised the $9.99 bookstore concept to move Kindles.

ExxonMobil Gift Card Results In Higher Prices At Pump

ExxonMobil Gift Card Results In Higher Prices At Pump

ExxonMobil says their gift cards are “better than cash.” They also say, “This cash card is not a credit card.” But Rob in NY was hit with a credit card surcharge when he used his.

As Retailers Suffer, Shoppers Start Haggling

As Retailers Suffer, Shoppers Start Haggling

Shoppers are frequently haggling over prices, even at major chain stores, the AP reports. With retail stores suffering, “you’d have to be a moron not to ask for a discount.”

Another Gap Markup Story, Higher Price Rung Up At The Register

Another Gap Markup Story, Higher Price Rung Up At The Register

After seeing our story about Gap selling pants at an elevated sale price, reader Neff told us the same thing happened to him in Texas, with the higher price ringing up at checkout.

These Gap Pants Are On Sale For Ten Dollars More Than The Original Price

These Gap Pants Are On Sale For Ten Dollars More Than The Original Price

Reader Ryan caught his local Gap offering a great deal on some snazzy pants: only ten dollars more than the original price!