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
The future is disorder. A door like this had cracked open five or six times since we got up on our hind legs. It is the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong.~Tom Stoppard, Arcadia
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