Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Annoying Macy’s Discount Hertz Keychain Card

Well, I’m renting a Hertz car in Hawaii.  The key comes with a plastic tag good for a 10% Macy’s discount.

The tag can’t be removed without cutting it off (it is attached to the keychain with a metal loop).  Unless I have a nail clipper along (which I do), I have to look at a Macy’s ad every time I use my rental car.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Avoid Circulation Billing Services (II)

The hydra-headed folk in White City, Oregon, continue to send out fraudulent magazine subscription solicitations under every-changing names.

The latest I got was from “Circulation Billing Services,” offering a subscription to the Readers Digest at their usually exorbitant rates.   It’s the second one I’ve had with that name of late.

As always, ignore anything coming to you from one of the many names used by these scammers  in White City, Oregon.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Research on Logos

The October 2014 issue of The Atlantic has an interesting article titled “Status Anxiety.”  It briefly summarizes eight recent studies of logos.  To me, the most interesting study argued that people with resources but no great desire to display their status (e.g., those with old money) prefer understated logos from companies like Gucci.  Another study found that people of lower status were more willing to pay a logo premium, “presumably to compensate for lower status.”

It’s short but interesting.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Abercrombie Drops the Logos

The Wall Street Journal of 29 August 2014 reports that Abercrombie and Fitch is dropping logos from its North American clothing. “The move follows a change in teen behavior that caught Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on the wrong side of a trend.  Teens who once sought brand names have shifted to cheaper, unmarked gear that they can use to put together their own individual styles. The change had undermined Abercrombie’s pricing power and hurt its sales.”  Abercrombie chief executive Mike Jeffries says: “In the spring season, we’re looking to take the North American logo business to practically nothing.” However, logos still seem acceptable in Europe, and Abercrombie is not reducing its logos on clothing sold there.

The article also notes that Louis Vutton and Coach are also reducing logos.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Getting “Paid” for Displaying a Logo

A car dealer in Michigan is rewarding people for displaying its logo.  Fox, which has a range of outlets, offers $1 car washes to people who both have their license plate holder and their discrete logo of a fox.  That’s a $5 savings from the regular price.

That’s not quite enough to lure me, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Publishers Distribution Services Scams Again

Those incorrigible scammers, the scoundrels with almost a thousand names, are at at again, this time offering me a subscription to a magazine for $59.95, as always “the lowest available rate we can offer.”   As always, their mailing is intended to look like a bill to a careless recipient.

This time, they are “Publishers Distribution Services.” Going to the website for the magazine, I find the standard subscription is $29.95.

Although they go by many names, the mailing address always seems to be White City, Oregon.  Never subscribe to anything through them.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Beware of Ciprian Pahoni

I recently fell afoul of a clever scam that involved wiring money to one Ciprian Pahoni.  Should you have any dealings with a person by that name, be very, very dubious. Further details here.