“You are correct, it will always be reflected in prices, however prices go up all the time. This time it will be for wages rather than profits, yet with those wages will come more profits because more people will have more disposable income. Companies can no longer afford to require other companies to provide them with customers, wal-mart is a huge example. It's own employees can't even afford to shop there for things other than the cheapest basics, so they are suffering. Costco employees make a good living, and I'm sure they bring home those huge packs of toilet paper from their own store along with that great deal on a Canon Digital Camera.”
“This is a really lame article. Of course you are paying more for eating out. Someone pays the rent, the staff, washes the dishes. You pay for the convenience and novelty, not the commodity prices. This just gives fodder for those annoying people who don't feel they should have to tip.”
ChillMe on May 30, 2014 at 23:47:05
“Well said. It focus too much on "best bang for your buck" and completely ignores the benefits of the experience of a restaurant, being served, not cooking, not cleaning up, being able to choose from several dishes and drinks, etc... As someone else said here, if you just want to focus on price eat at home or dollar menu. Given the headline, I thought the article would be about restaurant hygiene.”
May 30, 2014 at 21:33:11
“I need to re-watch it but I loved it as a kid! I mean come on, it can't be battlefield earth horrid!”
Jeff Zakany on May 31, 2014 at 14:19:40
“Battlefield Earth was horrid because of the script, and because it had a somewhat large ($73 million) budget and talented actors (Barry Pepper), but the director and producer still couldn't make it entertaining. The logic in that movie was non-existent. For example, the aliens came to our planet for the purpose of taking all our gold. In preparation for the invasion they learned everything about our planet and our society....except for the fact that Fort Knox held the nation's gold deposit. Uh....right.”
“So, someone specifically looking to see if something is wrong, can't be a whistle blower because they were intentionally trying to seek out bad behavior? You have to unknowingly stubble across the information and process it? That seems lacking.”
“Then you would be interested to know, Apple scores well above any other computer manufacturer on reliability of their computers according to consumer reports. They also have the best customer service out of all computer manufacturers if you do end up needing assistance.”
“When it comes to audio, that is true, I was pointing out more so that Apple's product design is one of the aspects people are willing to pay a bit more for. Apple makes excellent computers, they may not be bleeding edge, but they hands down wipe the floor with any other manufacturer for stability and quality. That is also something worth paying for. Apple nearly halves the number of technical problems of most PC manufacturers according to consumer reports, and that reliability is something that some people value and are willing to pay for.
I'm just pointing out that there are reasons other than raw internal hardware specs to buy an Apple, just like there are reasons to buy a Windows based computer for certain needs that are better than what Apple can offer.”
“The problem is, if we raise the minimum wage, prices will not be raised by the same amount. Wages are spread across a business and so the buying power of raising the minimum wage outpaces the inflation caused by having to pay your workers more. Companies increase prices for many reasons, this time will be because we expect them to pay their employees more. It's actually good for business, since those employees will spend all of that money, thus boosting the economy. You may want to look over the Wikipedia page of Henry Ford, he clobbered his competitors with a huge pay increase to his employees which in turn, allowed his employees the ability to afford his products. He created more customers for himself.
Costco's profit margins are 15% by the way. They never mark a product up more than that, and that has allowed them to pay their employees an excellent wage compared to Walmart. Costco uses it's membership fee as it's source of profits and due to the economic downturn they have lost some customers, however they still posted more than $400 million in profits the last time I looked which is hardly doing poorly. I don't subscribe to the need for companies to always beat themselves over the head to beat last years sales. That is short term thinking at the expense of long term stability and profitability of the company and that is what is destroying our companies.”
VWMinnesota on May 26, 2014 at 20:18:22
“Henry Ford is a perfect argument away from minimum wage. he in fact started much of what has become expected by workers today, that the government has taken over from business.
I just know whether it comes from higher cost of goods sold, or labor, or fixed cost.....it will all be reflected in prices. There is no way around it.”
“Actually not so much, Wal-Mart is heavily reliant on Welfare checks being sent out, they've said as much in their last shareholder update. Costco is also wiping the floor with Sam's Club, so obviously, they're doing it wrong.”
VWMinnesota on May 17, 2014 at 02:30:06
“All of society is heavily reliant on the welfare system.
Walmart being a large PUBLIC company must tell its shareholders why sales might have been effected. Required by law as with everything they do.
Well, sales are down at both. Walmart has always had to decide how much to cannibalize itself when competing with Costco. Costco is much more into higher end stuff which is more profitable.............anyway......your argument is to require different from Walmart than you require from everyone else. Not going to happen. Walmart would go our of business. Your looking for a minimum wage increase. It will make you feel better for a few months until everything balances again and
you and/or me is again below poverty wages
you and/or me is again middle class
you and/or me is still wealthy.
There is no type of society where we all will not fit into one of those 3 classes. In this country none are ugly or life threatening.”
“Perhaps the punishment is too light in these circumstances. It seems to not be discouraging poor business practices, so maybe we need to up the punishment. Perhaps 10x damages are in order to get the point across. If the company declares bankruptcy, then none of the upper management and board of directors can work together in that state for 10 years in a business. These are low paid workers being taken advantage of, lets put some spikes on our stick.”
“As an amazing computer whiz that you are, I would think you would realize that certain boards and cards work better with each other. That is what Apple gives someone who makes a purchase, carefully selected components for longevity and stability. It's not cutting edge in any shape or form, but it does "just work." People who like Apple give credit for thoughtful design both inside and out.
I'm writing this on my Windows 7 Desktop, with my macbook pro charging next to me (Also with bootcamped Windows 7) while I'm shopping for an Android tablet. I say this because there are other reasons to choose the technology we consume than simply the bleeding edge.”
derickma on May 9, 2014 at 22:56:44
“why do you think all computer parts are tested for compatibility ... I have never run across a piece of hardware that didn't play nice with another piece of hardware”
“Appearance is part of the substance. Good design is something you pay for, and the right companies put together good design and quality products. If design didn't matter, why buy a house? Why buy anything but the cheapest, ugliest used comfortable couch? We buy things that have a visual as well as a component value and most people I've noticed undervalue the visual aspects.”
drama mine on May 11, 2014 at 17:36:01
“Yes, but in the case of this particular product it is all about appearance since they do not perform as well as true professional grade products for half the price. Beats only sell because people are willing to pay for brand recognition and are by and large not educated on what makes quality sound equipment quality. A good external appearance is only half of good design.”
“What I found really interesting, is no one pointed to any specifics to refute the book. Generally if you want discredit someone, you need to provide examples of errors that the author has made and there isn't a single one in any of these reviews. One does wonder if any of them have even read the book, or did they just burn it before taking it out of the box?”
“With Tesla looking to build a new battery factory in the US, I think it's doable in 20 years. You know Tesla will be continuously looking at new battery technology and development there while building the current battery systems. Though the time to upgrade the airports with charging stations, I won't hold my breath.”
“This would be brilliant because if you could takeoff using battery power, you would reduce the amount of jet fuel used during a flight by a tremendous amount. The plane has to push it's fully loaded cargo plus a fully loaded fuel tank to 30k feet. They use a lot of fuel to do that. It's much cheaper to keep the plane at cruising altitude. They would need to install recharge stations at all the gates of the airport and maybe in warmer climates plenty of low glare solar panels all around to help supplement the energy system. In 20 years, that would be a huge improvement.”
“I missed exactly two things from this list when I was abroad. The point of going abroad is to experience something new, get away from it all. I actually found many things that I miss about the UK when I returned to the US, far more than I missed from the US while in the UK.”
“Briggs is right, it's not physically possible to have 6.35 ounces of something in 6 ounces. Besides, there's no way you are getting 180 grams, I'm pretty sure your internal organs would be having issues with that much protein since they have trouble processing over I think it's 25 grams in one sitting.”
getsit on Apr 9, 2014 at 14:23:52
“I needed to go back and read my original post before I comment!”
getsit on Apr 9, 2014 at 14:20:56
“Okay, I get it. I typoed. It's 18 grams per 8 oz.”
“Could it be a piece of metal from one of the rovers landing vehicles? That could reflect sunlight too. We left a bunch of stuff on the moon, not hard to believe some stuff has made it to the surface of Mars.”
“That should be our goal, we'll let them sign up for Comcast and then after 6 months their bill will double and they'll have horrible service. We'll bankrupt their country in no time. I like your thinking!”
Dosadi on Apr 4, 2014 at 21:26:35
“Let's force them to sign up with Direct TV. Then their government can only operate when it is not raining.”
SJC82 on Apr 4, 2014 at 18:29:11
“"Thank you for choosing Comcast, North Korea. We will have a technician visit to get you set up. Can you be home between now and summer of 2019?"”
“Fage is pretty good yogurt. Theres like 14g of protein in one small cup for less than 200 calories which is awesome for breakfast with fruit or high fiber cereal. Makes a good dessert too in a pinch.”
getsit on Apr 4, 2014 at 17:45:05
“It's 180 grams of protein in a 6 oz cup of plain and only 100 calories for the nonfat which doesn't taste nonfat at all.”