Blog Archives Gift Certificate Warning

You may have heard friends, family, or coworkers raving about gift certificates. Perhaps you got an email or two about them. If you haven’t tried them before, they aren’t a bad deal at all. The gift certificates can be a great way to save money (sometimes large amounts of it) and a good reason to try other places.

Also, the gift certificates do not expire. Also, they can be reprinted whenever you need – so don’t worry if you print a copy and accidentally throw it away.

However, since you don’t purchase them the way you normally purchase gift certificates (i.e. give the store/restaurant $50.00, get $50 worth of food/merchandise), I figured they wouldn’t be accepted exactly the same way, either.

Although they generally are accepted and taken the same as other gift certificates, be warned that the restaurant automatically tacks on 18% gratuity to your bill.

You don’t get a choice in the matter, they add it to your bill when they bring it to you and then offer you the chance to give an additional tip.

If you had lousy service or just planned to pay 15%, too bad.

This isn’t usually a problem if you are eating at a cheap establishment, but if you are dining fancy – be prepared to shell out a few extra bucks.

Overall, still a good deal and very worth the money.


The End of the Dumb Phone

Everywhere you look these days, you see tons of the same – Android, iPhone, and all sorts of other so-called smartphones. In fact, seeing a Blackberry is now antiquated and they are no longer the “in thing” to have. Seeing a Blackberry clutched in someone’s palm warrants almost the same amount of pity as seeing a regular old phone… a “dumb” phone.

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A Few Dumb Phones – Review of T Mobile’s Samsung Gravity TXT

A while back I bought a Samsung Gravity TXT to replace my Nokia 3711. Let me start this review by saying I am a diehard Nokia fan, and every Samsung (dumb) phone I’ve seen and used, I’ve hated. However, I tried to be fair and I tried really hard to like this phone since it was one of only a handful to choose from at T-Mobile.

I just couldn’t like it though.

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A Few Dumb Phones – Review of T Mobile’s LG GS170

Let me start by saying I am an avid Nokia user and have been for the past …ten years? Something crazy like that. I have had several different models of Nokia phones, all of them relatively alike in terms of general usage. However, my most recent one stopped powering on and I had to get a new phone.

Guess what? No more Nokia (dumb) phones available at T-Mobile. Hardly any left to choose from, at all!

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Don’t Buy a Computer From QVC or HSN

I can understand the “computer illiterate” person, even though I’m a techie myself. My sister actually calls herself that, even though she frequently understands more than the average bear. So when I see people try to screw the unknowing over, it typically irks me. Enter home shopping channels.

What better way to screw people out of their money than on television? Gotta love it.

The other day, my boyfriend and I caught this being advertised on QVC – and I apologize, but yes this is a photo of the television.

QVC Overpriced Computer Scam Sale

They look nice, but don't let them fool you.

The first thing is that they claim the retail price is $1,099. No, it’s not.

For $1,099 at say, Best Buy – you can get a brand new Toshiba, Asus, or for about $50 more a Dell – ALL with significantly better all-around specs than those presented above. And even though they are offering free S&H, there is none to begin with if you walk into Best Buy and pick it up, plus there’s the benefit of instant gratification. 🙂

So, what about our special “one-time only” sale price of $679?

QVC Overpriced Laptop Sale

Really, get something better for less from somewhere else.

Forget that “4 years of McAfee”. That shouldn’t be a company’s prime selling point to justify such an exaggerated price.

For $679 (again, just using Best Buy as a comparison), you can get a laptop with a better processor and up to a couple gigs more RAM, even with equivalent or larger screen size.

What about the actual laptop they were selling?

Going with a Dell, just to make it simple, you can get the same thing at Best Buy (with a bit better processor and another gig of RAM, actually), for $429.

I chuckle to myself every time that QVC advertises a computer. I’m not trying to diss QVC – maybe their kitchen equipment or jewelery is fabulous. Their computer deals, however, are not.

Ever bought a computer from QVC or HSN and later found the same or something similar for less? What about their other products? Tell me about your experience in the comments.