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Parents Of Kids With Allergies Now Question Their Advocacy Of EpiPen Programs

Requiring epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in schools in case a child has a life-threatening allergic reaction isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Under some circumstances, it’s a life-saving one. However, EpiPen maker Mylan recruited mothers of children with food allergies as ambassadors for its own interests a few years ago while continuing to hike the price of EpiPens, hurting the very same community of families. Now the bloggers question their participation in Mylan’s “summits” and their blogging for the cause. [More]

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Survey Says: Most Netflix Customers Would Be Willing To Pay More For The Service

Despite any grumbling customers might have done amid Netflix’s recent price hike, a new survey shows that the company could probably raise rates again and most customers would be fine with paying more. [More]

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Netflix Sees Subscriptions Dip Amid Price Hike, Blames Press Coverage

As it turns out, raising the price of something can have the effect of turning people off that product. So it went for Netflix, which said this week that it’s lost some customers after instituting planned price hikes that affected around 17 million customers. [More]

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Confirmed: Netflix Price Hikes Coming Next Month For 17 Million U.S. Customers

If you’ve got a grandfathered Netflix Standard plan that has you paying just $7.99 per month for HD streaming, here’s your reminder that you’ll either be paying $9.99 come May for the same quality and the ability to watch content on two screens at a time, or will be stuck in standard definition on only one screen. You’re not alone — an estimated 17 million customers in the U.S. will be affected by the change, and many of them aren’t aware of it. [More]

Yes, Amazon Will Adjust Prices They’ve Raised If You Ask Nicely

Yes, Amazon Will Adjust Prices They’ve Raised If You Ask Nicely

Amazon is always adjusting their prices, and sometimes those adjustments aren’t in your favor. When you throw an item in your cart and the price suddenly rises by five or ten bucks, that’s enough to make you look for it elsewhere, or maybe not buy the item at all if it wasn’t something that you needed. Yet there is a way to get Amazon to bring the price back down: ask nicely. [More]

Sprint Will Raise Cost Of Unlimited Plans By $10 This Month

Sprint Will Raise Cost Of Unlimited Plans By $10 This Month

If you find Sprint’s deal offering unlimited voice, text, and data usage for $60 per month tempting and Sprint coverage in your area is good, you should go ahead and switch right now. Sprint is raising the price for new customers by $10 on October 15, but it will remain the cheapest unlimited postpaid plan in the country even after the price hike. [More]

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Netflix Adds $1 To Monthly Streaming Subscription Price For New Members Only

The bad news: If you’re thinking of subscribing to Netflix’s streaming program, you’ll be paying $1 more than those customers already signed up. But the good news for Netflix veterans? Existing subscribers won’t see a price hike for two years, the company says. [More]

More U.S. Airlines Jumping On The Surcharge Bandwagon After EU Emissions Law

More U.S. Airlines Jumping On The Surcharge Bandwagon After EU Emissions Law

Travelers taking off or landing in countries in the European Union may notice a bump in airline fares, as U.S. Airways and American Airlines have joined Delta and United Continental in adding a $3 surcharge each way to help offset the cost of a new carbon emissions law.

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Blockbuster Express Jumps Into Rental Price Hike Pool

Blockbuster Express Jumps Into Rental Price Hike Pool

With rival movie rental services Netflix and Redbox already having raised their prices, Blockbuster Express decided to follow suit, doubling the price of some movies to $2 for the first night starting Tuesday. The hike applies to releases that have been out between 29 and 90 days, while older movies will remain at $1 a night. New releases that have been out for four weeks or less will remain $3 for the first night.

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Netflix CEO: Company Will Invest Most Of Price Hike In Streaming

Netflix CEO: Company Will Invest Most Of Price Hike In Streaming

When Netflix announced it would split up its streaming and disc subscriptions, making customers choose streaming or one-disc-at-a-time plans at $7.99 a month each, it didn’t offer much of an explanation as to why the price hike was needed. A writer at The Motley Fool took CEO Reed Hastings to task and asked him to justify the increase, and was surprised to get a response.

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Want Both Netflix Streaming And DVDs? That Will Now Be $15.98

Want Both Netflix Streaming And DVDs? That Will Now Be $15.98

If you’ve been enjoying paying $9.99 for unlimited streaming and DVDs from Netflix, get ready to pay more — or have to choose between watching movies online or through your DVD player.

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QVC 'Sale' Offers Video Game For Double MSRP

QVC 'Sale' Offers Video Game For Double MSRP

If you like the video game Need for Speed: Shift so much that you’ll pay twice what anyone else will sell it to you for, take Jerry’s advice and hit up QVC, which is selling the game for $60 when it costs $30 just about everywhere else, including Amazon.

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Microsoft Explains Why Its Xbox Live Price Hike Is Good, And
Good For You

Microsoft Explains Why Its Xbox Live Price Hike Is Good, And Good For You

As of Monday, an annual Xbox Live Gold subscription costs $60 a year, a 20 percent jump from Sunday, when it was $50. Microsoft is here to assure you that the inflation is in your best interest, and necessary for the company to keep pace with its rising costs to do something or other.

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Starbucks' Prices Going Up

Starbucks' Prices Going Up

Citing a 13-year high in the price of its coffee beans, plus “significant volatility” in other ingredients like dairy, Starbucks last week said it plans to raise prices on certain “labor-intensive and larger-sized” beverages. The small tall coffee will remain at its current price for now, says the company. I wonder if those truncated menus the company introduced a few weeks ago were really about hiding the least expensive option from consumers, especially since it isn’t being included in the price hike?

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5 Ways Grocery Stores Rip You Off

5 Ways Grocery Stores Rip You Off

LiveCheap uncovers ways in which grocery stores make you pay more for less with subtle techniques you may not easily notice. It seems supermarkets can get mighty sketchy when it comes to arranging its meat section.

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Gas Prices On The Rise For No Good Reason

Gas Prices On The Rise For No Good Reason

Several states are reporting this morning that average gas prices have crept up slightly, despite the fact that oil consumption has dropped and refiners are operating below capacity. The Miami Herald blames the price creep on Wall Street speculators who are optimistic that the economy is getting better, which in turn will lead to increased gas consumption.

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American Airlines To Charge $8 For Blanket And Pillow, If You're Lucky

American Airlines To Charge $8 For Blanket And Pillow, If You're Lucky

Starting in May, American Airlines will sell blanket-and-inflatable-pillow packs for $8 each on domestic flights longer than 2 hours. If your flight is under 2 hours and you tend to get cold on a plane, relax: you can’t shiver to death in under 2 hours, and by then you’ll be at your destination. Or, okay, still on the runway at your departure spot, raiding your carry-on for snacks. You might want to bring a light jacket.

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Tires Prices Increasing Soon, At Least For Cooper

Tires Prices Increasing Soon, At Least For Cooper

Are you planning on buying tires soon? According to this report from TireBusiness.com, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is planning on raising its prices for passenger and light truck tires by “up to 12 percent,” in response to an increase on tarrifs from China. They wouldn’t provide a hard date for the price increase, but said “soon.”