August 21, 2019

Tag - Consumers

Detroit Census Reflects a Sad Reality

I remember riding in an Army truck with 15 other National Guardsmen that had spent a July night on fire duty in Detroit.  It was late July, 1967 and one of the guys leaned over and said to me, “you know this City is never going to be the same.”  I...

The Mystery of New Car Prices

Every day, millions of Americans make the trip to a new car dealer to see if they can afford a new automobile.  Used cars are normally sold with a somewhat “fixed” price.  The dealer may accept an offer that is close to his asking price but the...

Not Your Friends

The recent Federal legislation and new regulations have spelled out the pitfalls of credit cards.  In addition, they have created a shift in the way the credit card companies deal with the credit consumer.  Years ago, the consumer was told of the...

Privacy is Gone Forever

One of the dictionary definitions of “privacy” is the state of being free from unsanctioned intrusions.  I am afraid that we, as a country and as a people, will never enjoy the privacy that our forefathers enjoyed.  Nothing is sacred...

Fly Me To The Car?

If you haven’t flown in a while, an entire new reality awaits you. I recently flew with a friend of mine to Florida for a 10-day vacation.  So surprised was I from the “experience” that I have come to believe that the airline...

Television Commercials and Real Life

In reflecting upon the myriad of commercials that flood television these days, a thought crossed my mind. Do these commercials really reflect life in America as it is?  One commercial opens with an actor who portrays a husband walking up to his wife...

Scam the Halls

Since the week before Thanksgiving, I have been the recipient of over 100 requests for money, mostly by mail but more frequently by telephone. This, apparently, must be a seasonal thing as charities, legitimate and illegitimate, work the flocks in...

Tis the Season for Junk Mail

I walked to the mailbox the other day and gathered in about 14 pieces of mail.  As I sorted through the mail, I retrieved the one bill that I was looking for and gently pitched the other 13 pieces of mail in the trash after I had roughly sorted...

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