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Club Meeting! December 03, 2013 Black Friday Frauding, VPNs, and routers oh my!

December 3rd, 2013 by

Hi everybody,

I’ve had a lot going on. Our daughter Viviana is turning 6 this Saturday, and we’ve been getting prepared. Also, I did a major change to the B&B (anchoragewalkabout.com) website. I have switched it from using static html pages to php pages (it’s  a pain, and if it all goes right, nobody should see any difference at all…hmmm?…why am I doing that? there was good reason, but after four hours of debugging, I lost the reason)…I finally finished, and I was right. Everything looks the same (or only slightly glitchy.) Also,  we had the pleasure of traveling with Russ and Lynn to Hermosillo for immigration papers thanks to Yuya (I’d lost without her.) Anyway, my point is that I’ve been a little busy and that’s why this last meeting is late.

We had a good discussion. We talked about the Black Friday inferior TV products article from USA Today. We answered some good questions on VPNs services and hardware.

Check it out.


Please comment on anything you find helpful.


Insight into TV shopping during Black Friday “Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday”

November 28th, 2013 by

via Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday.

From the USA Today article “Beware of TV bargains on Black Friday”  we get some good info and insight into how products are built specifically for the  shopping period of Black Friday. The idea is a shopping period, such as Black Friday, spawns products of lower quality. The products are handicapped, or flawed. The products are built and distributed under known and unknown name brands. The products may have model numbers of higher quality models, but be distinguished by changing one letter or number. These products may only exist during Black Friday (the selling period.)

There are two points in this article that I think we need to come away with.

1) This can’t be only isolated to the TV market.  I would expect this from any products.

2) This is happening during any holiday shopping period; not just Black Friday. For example, products produced for discounted  ‘After Christmas Shopping’.

We need to change our perspective of retail from the consumers mindset.

The old consumer mindset is:
Retailers stock-up for the holiday shopping, and need to dump inventory quickly by discounting prices.

The new consumer mindset must be:
Manufactures create lower cost products to be marked at discounts during holiday shopping periods…so buyer beware.


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