Given the recent collapse in value of the ruble relative to the dollar, how can I buy things from Russia and have them sent back to the United States? I am especially interested in silver and silver snuffboxes. Are there any reputable English language websites folks would recommend?
What and why is the difference between a $5000 PBX system for our office and one costing $1600? We have been looking to replace our ancient PBX. We were quoted $5400 + $1700 in labor for a super slick fully featured system, The Univerge SV9100. This thing is cool and does everything. Office Depot however has this XBlue system at a significantly lower price, $1400. [more inside]
I need to buy an Android tablet for academic use. I went to BestBuy to check them out and they range in price from $100 to close to $600 with no obvious rhyme or reason to the variation. What do you get when you pay more for a tablet and is it worth it? [more inside]
I am a student and I want to fly off for some time before the coming Fall semester. I was thinking going away for 2 weeks. Spending 1 week in Busan, S-Korea, then 1 week in Japan, for example Tokyo. I tried using flight search engines but the price is exorbitant for me. [more inside]
So long story short, my macbook's screen cracked out of warranty and I don't want to fork up the money to fix it. I am planning on nabbing a laptop from Costco, but their selection is... sparse, to say the least. Help me nab the best one! [more inside]
I've heard a lot of good things about ABF's ReloCubes, both on here and from friends, but the prices I've heard bandied about are wildly lower than what I'm being quoted. Am I missing something, or have their prices just skyrocketed recently? [more inside]
I recently purchased a Costco executive membership, and am pretty thrilled with how much I'm already saving. But I only want to nab the good deals, and it's hard to individually compare each item's price to the other supermarkets I shop at. So, I'd like to hear what you consider to be Costco's consistently top bargains; also, are there any sites that list Costco's prices for the month relative to other stores' prices? (and maybe even show the items with the biggest savings?) [more inside]
Holy crap. My house value has been creeping up since the bust, which was to be expected. But I just checked Zillow, and they've boosted its estimated value by 23% in the past 30 days (I'm in Westchester County, not far from White Plains). [more inside]
Do consumers buy items that are listed on Amazon by sellers for twice Amazon's list price? [more inside]
How would I ship snowballs to my friends in Los Angeles, CA without their melting, and how much would I have to pay for it? [more inside]
I have been approached about selling a Twitter username that I haven't used in a few years. How much should I ask? [more inside]
Does Dell Computer run the best sales of it's desktop computers before or after Christmas? [more inside]
We're trying to optimize our home printing. We don't print an enormous amount, but we want to print in color and to be able to print in moderately high quality. You've already solved this problem and put some thought into minimizing cartridge expense: what printer do you use? how often do you replace the ink? do you refill the cartridges at a store or buy new ones from the OEM? (Bonus points if you've solved this problem for the HP 8600.) [more inside]
I have previous tutoring experience (as well as being an Ontario Certified Teacher). I'd like to get back into some tutoring/editing work on the side, but I'm not sure how to charge for what I'm hoping to do. I don't really have the time or the flexibility to offer one-on-one tutoring, so I was hoping to offer "editing online" types of services where someone would email me their work and I'd send it back in x amount of time with corrections, editing suggestions, etc. I've done this in the past for journalists, law students, etc. and it seemed to work well. Here's the problem: how do I set up a reasonable and attractive fee structure for this? [more inside]
My CSA has damsom plums in it this week and I decided to make damsom plum infused gin. Damsom Gin [more inside]
On NPR today, I heard an explanation of why there are less safety requirements for cargo planes than for passenger planes: Every time the government (USA) wants to implement a new safety measure, they are required to run a cost/benefits analysis. Since an accident on a passenger plane can kill a whole bunch of people, while one on a cargo plane is likely to only kill the pilot and the copilot, it's more difficult to get a safety measure past the required threshold on the cost/benefits for a cargo plane than for a passenger plane. This to me implies that they must have put a dollar value on each human life; otherwise they couldn't compare cost in dollars versus benefit in lives saved. What is that price? [more inside]
Is the quality of the ThinkPad Edge worth the performance hit? Critique my nearly-made laptop purchasing choice! [more inside]
For a decade I've had a 4-letter English word domain at .be and a law firm contacted me about buying it. [more inside]
Should I buy a Microplane? I'm hesitating because $$ (looking at this one), and a small kitchen means I try to keep gadgets strictly to a minimum. Is it worth it, and what are the things you use your Microplane for? [more inside]
I'm a web developer / eLearning developer on Windows 7 looking to: 1) Get a Mac because I need to be able to test sites quickly and easily on my own; 2) Get a Windows-bootable unit that can act as my backup machine when my Asus throws a tantrum as it did this week; and 3) Get a reasonably portable Windows-bootable laptop that can handle Photoshop and other resource hogs so that I can work on it at client sites without having to barely squish the Asus (aka "The Clydesdale") into my largest backpack. Ideally, I could get all three in one machine that wouldn't cost the earth. Please join me as I anguish over the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro, the Mac Mini, and other options. [more inside]
Am I getting a fair price on 100K maintenance for my 1999 Avalon? [more inside]
Why is the power/ac adaptor cord for my laptop listed as three times more expensive from one site vs. the other?
Where to order power cord/ac adaptor for DELL latitude 5410 laptop? What information do I need to know for Volts and Amps? [more inside]
What is this behavioral economics experiment I am thinking of? [more inside]
[for my boss] I need advice on tattoo price ranges. [more inside]
Macbook Air vrs. other ultrabooks - Am I missing something? [more inside]
Hi I am responsible for compensating a two year old TV bought for $900 then. (A guest in my party broke and no one is owning up...ex-landlord is behind me now) Similar model (brand new) is $600 now all included and being demanded 600, citing the higher price paid then. What is a fair price that I should pay? How do I make a convincing reply ? ....please help....
The gold-coin contents of the cliche' pirate/dungeon treasure chest, how much would that be worth today? Assume a stereotypical treasure chest, knee high to an adult, filled with gold escudos in excellent condition. How much would the chest and contents sell for? Could you sell it?
Is the Nikon D7000 likely to be replaced this year? If so, how much cheaper will new D7000 bodies be after it happens? [more inside]
How much do I charge to paint two small rooms for a friend? [more inside]
Why are the prices for the discount art flick, the small production movie, the big studio romantic comedy and the big action film that cost $200 million to create all priced roughly the same? [more inside]
A Camry and a Lexus are basically the same car. What's the REAL price difference? [more inside]
Can anyone suggest reasonably priced, wireless, computer speakers that sound great?
What's a reasonable estimate for tenting and fumigating to remove dry-wood termites from a single story, two-bedroom house in the Bay Area in Northern California? [more inside]
Calling all IT consultants: what do I charge? [more inside]
I read a passage about a writer's drug use, and the drug use of his friends. The gist was "we wanted the party to go on too long, but the price was too high" and it had a list of people and what had happened to them (dead, liver disease, etc.). It was very touching. It might have been Kerouac. Does this ring any bells for anyone?
I'm tentatively in the market for a smartphone or tablet or other such device that would allow me to do computery things, preferably things that use the Internet, while on public transportation. However, I'm pessimistic about my ability to actually afford anything that would provide the functionality I want. Am I wrong? [more inside]
When is the best time to book tickets to Singapore or Bangkok? [more inside]
This iPhone app made it into the top ten grossing productivity apps list on iTunes for a day. It appears to be an app that shows text in various fonts on background colors of the user's choosing. What am I not getting here? How is this worth $170? [more inside]
How much would it cost to install an elevator in a five-story commercial building? [more inside]
Remember the Fisher Price Barn with the MOO sound effect when you opened the door? How did the 'moo' mechanism work? And most importantly: can I build one for the front door of my house?
Where can I sell used DVDs in Canada? [more inside]
What is the best photographer fee approach for portrait photography? Mrs. dyno04 is getting into the photography business and is trying to figure out how to best price sittings, prints, etc... We don't really like the sitting fee + price per print approach. So we are thinking about either a sitting fee + price per print + after X amount of prints receiving print release rights or sitting fee includes print release rights. If you were going to pay someone to take pictures (she is targeting babies, families, possibly pets), what kind of fee structure would you like to see from a photographer?
Why are international flights so much more expensive than domestic flights? [more inside]
How can I find out what price a certain home sold for — 40 years ago? FWIW, it's in Atlanta, Fulton County GA.
Do airplane ticket sites (Expedia, Travelocity, Kayak, etc.) increase prices between successive browsing sessions, as well as manipulate prices so that they are in agreement with each other? [more inside]
I think I want a Nintendo DS Lite, but I'm totally ignorant. → I'm in Greece ←, and don't want to spend the money (this money, it is tight) only to find out that it was a bad choice for me in terms of game level and types of games, acquisition of games, country specific restrictions, and if the one I have my eye on (via EBay) is the right choice. Can you hold my hand? [more inside]
Explain to me the stock markets... [more inside]
Is it okay to haggle for the price of used jewelry? Specifically, a $35,000 engagement ring? [more inside]
The internet has solved the problem of cheap glasses + lenses bought together. How about putting lenses in glasses? [more inside]
My uncle is looking for a laptop with a certain set of specs. He saw a Sony laptop like it, but he's wondering if there's a laptop with the same specs, but more wallet friendly. [more inside]