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Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones. That is, if you get a BlackBerry, Android or similar phone from Verizon, and you decide to switch phones before your two-year contract is up, you’ll be socked with a $350 penalty (it used to be $175). This fee drops slowly over time ($10 a month), but after two years, it’s still $110. If the premise of the early-termination fee is to help Verizon recoup its original cost of the phone (see my analysis here ), shouldn’t the fee go down to zero at the end of your contract? This move doesn’t help ...
Alarm bells over Fiji tourism prices » Fijis, Fiji, Tourism ...
Fiji’s tourism industry has endured military coups and cyclones to remain New Zealand’s favourite island escape when the winter cold sets in. but travel writers warn price gouging and lack of spending on infrastructure could see it reined in by increasingly popular neighbours the Cook Islands and Samoa. Aviation commentator Peter Clark has slammed Fiji’s hefty pricing for tourists, saying a raised cost for families during ... market research, surveys and trends
iPhone 4: Now with Price Gouging! (Courtesy of AT&T) | Free Press
Yay, the iPhone 4 is here. But today, instead of thinking about the latest version of the game-changing smartphone, I'm mourning the end of the era of the unlimited data plan. Last week AT&T announced a new tiered pricing model for data services for Apple's iPhone and iPad devices, which charges users $15 for 200 MB of data and $25 for 2 GB, plus an additional charge for tethering (more on that in a bit). While some think the new model will ultimately be good for consumers, others disagree. David Pogue, while having issues about the tethering, thinks the scheme is a "very delicate balancing act that benefits ... market research, surveys and trends


El Paso Energy Corporation and Tenneco Energy announce natural gas ...
uide) An online listing of TV or other programs. Periodically, EPGs are downloaded into set-top boxes so that viewers can preview offerings by time or category and set reminders. ) and Tenneco Energy, a unit of Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN), jointly announced today that two of their business units have signed an agreement with OXY USA Inc. to process natural gas from the Masters Creek Field in Rapides and Evangeline Parishes, Louisiana. Cornerstone Natural Gas, Inc., a subsidiary of El Paso Field Services Company, will construct and operate a cryogenic natural gas processing Natural gas processing plants, or fractionators, are used ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Northwest Aluminum Smelters Create New Power Ventures to Fight ...
in the northwest. "An industry already ailing from oversupply is on the brink of extinction in the region, unless market conditions and soaring energy costs improve drastically," says Joe Govreau, metals & minerals group manager at IIR. Last year, privately held Vanalco Inc., who owns a 110,000 ton/yr smelter in Vancouver, Wash., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Other companies such as Alcoa, Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Corp., and Golden Northwest Aluminum Company have shutdown or curtailed capacity at their smelters until energy prices improve. At one time the northwest was a mecca for low cost electric power, ... industry trends, business articles and survey research
Haslam says Wamp ad misleading
NASHVILLE — Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam came back swinging on Saturday in a news release in which he charged an ad by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp was “grossly distorted and misleading.” “The congressman knows better,” Mr. Haslam said. “He knows I am a staunch supporter of our Second Amendment rights. He knows Knoxville has the lowest property tax rates in 50 years, and he knows and is on record praising my family’s business for its role in this state as a good corporate and community citizen.” He said “everything” the congressman did on Friday ... smacked of a desperate, failing campaign throwing Hail Marys — resorting to personal ... market trends, news research and surveys resources
Corruption in the Repair Industry
I worked as a television and video repairman in the 1980’s, was employed by several small repair shops and was self employed at it. I was pretty good at troubleshooting the circuitry in TV’s and VCR’s, yet some of the jobs were more stressful than I would have liked.   In my time as a technician I learned that the retail price of repairs often didn’t reflect the amount of work put into someone’s unit, but instead reflected the company’s need to pay its overhead in order to stay in business. One reason why I never made it big as a repair shop owner was my fear of overcharging. I always wanted to give the customers a good ... market trends, news research and surveys resources


Gas Price Gouging Report
Jun 25, 2009 ... price gouging law by issuing a notice of abnormal disruption of the market ... fifty-one unique stations charged this price or higher. ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
The Virtues of “Price Gouging”
For example, a Florida man was charged with violating the. Florida price gouging statute after renting a truck, driving to North Carolina to buy thirty-five ... technology research, surveys study and trend statistics
Electricity Price Gouging in California? - Graziadio Business Report
As everyone now acknowledges, the dream of making electricity less expensive for Californians by unleashing the power of free markets has become more like a nightmare, at least in the short-term. There have been any number of individuals or groups who have been blamed, including - but not limited to - politicians, utility companies, energy generators, people who block new plants in their neighborhoods, environmentalists, careless consumers, and inept forecasters. Of late, however, generators have received the brunt of the criticism, and there have been widespread allegations of price gouging or unfair use of market power. ...
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Price gouging laws do exist but vary by state to fight it
Price gouging is a term for a seller pricing much higher than is considered reasonable or fair. In precise, legal usage, it is the name of a felony that applies in some of the United States only during civil emergencies. In less precise usage, it can refer either to prices obtained by practices inconsistent with a competitive free market, or to windfall profits. Economic theory suggests that, even in unusual circumstances, price ceilings prevent incentives for the supply of goods. For example, in a disaster situation, a very high price for equipment (e.g. tents) will prompt hugely increased supply of the relevant goods. ...
Is this UPS store price gouging? - Yahoo! Answers
$12 for a notary. $14 for a 2lb box to New York (asked for low price as not in a hurry). Is it always that high in NJ? I am new to NJ. 10 Schalks Crossing Rd Plainsboro, NJ 08536 Member since: March 02, 2006 Total points: 6148 (Level 5) Badge Image: Contributing In: Packing & Preparation Other - United States Other - US Local Businesses I'm from Indiana but $12 for notary doesn't seem very high to me. As far as UPS stores go their fees are high because they have to make a profit to pay employees, rent, franchise fees etc... you can go to and do a cost and time in transit and see how much shipping ...