Friday, December 18, 2009

Short Takes: Trading Gift Cards, Men’s Health, and more

1. Do you have any gift cards you don’t intend to use, or would you like to buy a gift card at a discount? CardSwap calls itself the eBay of gift cards. I don’t know much about them other than what I learned from a press release and looking at their web site, but the idea sounds good. Are there any readers who have tried buying or selling gift cards at this web site? My biggest concern would be that some cards would come with unexpected restrictions making them less valuable than they appeared at first. The card seller may not even be aware of any restrictions.

2. It doesn’t have much to do with money, but the Big Cajun Man thinks that ED medications have improved men’s health because they are sending more men to their doctors for physicals. It’s an interesting theory, but it’s the jokes in italics that will keep you reading.

3. If you’re feeling nervous about your savings, Gail Vaz-Oxlade has a good roundup of the various ways that your savings are protected.

4. Larry MacDonald has put together a timeline of the huge alleged Canadian Ponzi scheme. It’s troubling that the scheme seems to have been uncovered in 2004, but couldn’t be shut down until this year.

5. Canadian Capitalist finds some of the media coverage of Ontario’s adoption of the HST to be “hysterical”. He means this in the “out-of-control” sense rather than the “funny” sense (I think). However, maybe a little humour would help.

6. Preet says that new cell phone competitors are coming to Canada to drive down prices. It’s about time.

7. Tax Guy reports that Americans can take income tax deductions for car damage due to drunk driving. Don’t expect to see this in Canada anytime soon.

8. Kathryn isn’t too happy about retailers asking for personal information and charitable donations at the cash.

9. Canadian Investor has done a comparison of Emerging Market ETFs trading in the US and Canada.

4 comments:

  1. hysterical (n) - behavior exhibiting overwhelming or unmanageable fear or emotional excess

    Fits perfectly some of the letters to the editor in the Ottawa Citizen

    Thanks for the mention!

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  2. Thanks for the link Michael, I think you are right about your prediction.

    Prices may come down soon, especially if google serves ads on the Gphone. I'd gladly accept them in exchange for free service as I'm ad-blind as it is looking at blogs I read all the time...

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  3. Thanks for the mention different fonts helps me tell my readers when I am trying to be funny.

    Have a warm weekend

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  4. Thanks for mentioning Kathryn's article Michael!

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