But first: Jason Kander on Trump’s millions-of-illegal-voters fantasy. Four minutes. Watch!
And Frank Bruni’s goes-without-saying-but-glad-he-said-it-anyway how NOT to go after Trump. (“There’s so much substantive ground on which to confront Trump. There are acres upon acres. Why swerve into the gutter?”)
And now . . .
Joey: “Companies have found a way to keep consumers from price comparing. Lenovo (largest PC seller) makes the SAME model for Best Buy, Costco, Wal-Mart, etc., but gives them each a slightly different model number. Lenovo also sells the same unit on its own website with a slightly different model number. The one character difference in model numbers is probably a code indicating which store is selling it. So, not only can’t you price compare, but you can’t get a refund from your credit card company for the difference even if you have ‘price match’ on your credit card. I’m attaching a short chat with Lenovo where they state that the models are EXACTLY the same. I gave it to Citibank because my top-of-the-line card has price match, but Citi’s self-owned insurer won’t match because the model numbers are different. Do insurers ever pay out on anything?”
Me: Your model is 80VF00A8US. Best Buy is 80VF00AYUS.
Sales Rep: its the same.
Me: Is it EXACTLY the same?
Sales Rep: yes
Me: THE SAME EXACT SPECS?
Sales Rep: yes
Me: No difference whatsoever?
Sales Rep: no
Joey paid $1,899 plus tax at Best Buy; he showed Citibank the receipt — and a screenshot of Lenovo’s website offering the same unit for $1,649 — to no avail.
Quote of the Day
Many [managing agents of New York cooperative apartment buildings] promote arbitration and mediation. This would prevent cases like the recent one in which $130,000 in legal fees were exhausted to decide who should pay for window bars costing $924.~The New York Times, October, 1995
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