Category: Business

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The Golden Age of Bookstores

Back in the 1990s, a lot of book lovers bemoaned the death of the small, independent bookseller. They thought of the big chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble as the enemy. This was...

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Effective Naming Rights

I’ve always been fascinated by naming rights. Nowadays, most stadiums and arenas are named after corporate sponsors. A lot of events are too. Let’s take a look at the history of this phenomenon, and...

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Apartment Amenities

Have you ever noticed how shallow ads for apartment complexes are? They always promote things like swimming pools, gyms, crown moulding and chair rails. These are all nice things, don’t get me wrong, but...

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Adventures on eBay

Back in college I made some extra cash selling stuff on eBay. My dad collected antiques, and long before my family decided to sell things off wholesale, he decided to sell some stuff online. As...

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Taco Bell Pizza Hut

Have you ever wondered what Colonel Sanders’ fried chicken tasted like? I bet it was nothing like the crap that KFC serves nowadays. How about the tacos first served up by Glen Bell? (Yes,...

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The Genius of Dr. Dre

In 2012, Dr. Dre was the highest grossing musician in the world. It’s an impressive feat for someone who first became popular in the early 1990s. Dre first appeared in a hip hop music...

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The Flea Market

We worked flea markets for a while. The whole family was involved. My mom made costume jewelry on a workbench in the basement. She took apart old watches and used the clockwork for broaches...

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Student Government Fiascoes

Back when I was in student government, our biggest problem was apathy. It was hard enough getting people to know that we existed. It was even harder to get them to care. That’s why...

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Friday, Black Friday

I can’t believe the news today. Walmart has announced that its Black Friday sales will start at 8pm on Thursday. In other words, on Thanksgiving evening, right after dinner. Holding big Christmas sales on...