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27 Jul 2010 21:10


Biz: The Chevy Volt: Not cheap, but the lease price isn’t too bad

  • $41k the amount it costs to purchase GM’s hope, the new Chevy Volt
  • $33.5k the amount it costs after the federal tax credit kicks in
  • $350 the amount a monthly lease costs (that’s reasonable!) source
  • » Why GM should be worried: Their electric car is going to compete directly with the Nissan Leaf, which far less in its least expensive configuration, $32,780, or $25,280 after the credit. On the plus side for GM, the leases are nearly the same price – $349 for Nissan vs. $350 for GM.

05 Jul 2010 10:19


World: India basically shut down in fuel price protests

These unlucky people had to wait for a train the middle of this mess, which led to thousands of arrests over a fuel price increase caused by a subsidy cut. source

29 Jun 2010 11:33


Biz: Let’s introduce you guys to a misleading housing number

  • 3.8% increase in home prices year-over-year in April source
  • » Why it’s misleading: Basically, this number is up 3.8 percent from one of the lowest levels on record. It’s still 30 percent off its peak level. Also, we have to imagine the May numbers will suck even worse, what with that 33 percent drop in new home sales and all.

18 Feb 2010 11:02


Biz: Jobless claims, prices increase, make investors super-depressed

  • 31,000 new jobless claims this week, which was way higher than expected
  • 1.4% increase in farm and factory prices, caused by higher energy costs source

12 Jan 2010 10:52


Biz: Delta screws over travelers by raising checked baggage prices

  • $23 new price for the first freaking bag
  • $32 new price for the second bag
  • $7-8 increase in prices from before source

27 Oct 2009 10:24


Biz: Home prices are slowly starting to make a comeback

  • 1.2% increase in August – the fourth straight up month source

20 Aug 2009 21:02


Biz: Whoa. Starbucks is going to actually cut prices on some drinks!

  • simple Drinks like small coffees and lattes should go down by 5-10¢, on average. It’s the first price decrease in the company’s history.
  • complex Drinks like Frappuccinos go up by a quarter in most markets; other drinks will go up 10-15¢. Doesn’t matter; they still suck. source

25 Jun 2009 10:21


Tech: Windows 7: Still expensive, but cheaper than Vista

  • $119 The price the average consumer will pay to upgrade to the Home Edition from Windows XP or Vista; the most expensive package – a new version of Ultimate – costs $319
  • 10% The decrease in prices for Windows 7 from Windows Vista – which is nice, but Apple’s Mac OSX Snow Leopard will only cost $29 for most consumers to upgrade source

30 May 2009 15:43


Biz, U.S.: Good news! We can complain about gas prices again!

  • 20% increase in gas prices in the last 32 days. Whoa.
  • 52% increase in gas prices since January 1. Double whoa. source

12 May 2009 09:42


Biz: Summer’s closing in. Gas prices are on the rise again.

  • 10% or 20¢, increase in gas prices in the last 14 days source