June 17, 2011 |
Sears Holdings Corp. is letting go about 700 Kmart appliance salespeople as the retailer struggles to turn around its slumping appliance business. The move will eliminate jobs at 225 Kmart stores as those outlets transition to a new cash register system that makes additional salespeople unnecessary, a Sears spokesman said. When Hoffman States, Ill.-based Sears first put appliances in Kmart stores in 2005, the spokesman said, Kmart point-of-sale systems weren't set up for appliance sales.
June 6, 2011 |
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. EBay fraud — A man who defrauded more than 250 people out of about $1.5 million by advertising high-end appliances on EBay and then failing to send the products has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison. A jury in February convicted Darin French, 40, of 22 counts of mail fraud, 11 counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. Prosecutors said French and his wife, Jennifer, who was also convicted, established an online business called Look What We Got that advertised Sub-Zero, Viking and Wolf appliances at discount prices.
March 1, 2011 |
????????????Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes: Discount appliances ? Two people who advertised discount, high-end appliances on the Internet but failed to ship them after receiving payment have been convicted of fraud and money laundering. Darin Jerome French and Jennifer Lynn French were accused of stealing $1.5 million from customers of their business, Look What We Got, in 2003 and 2004. They advertised Sub Zero, Viking and Wolf kitchen appliances on EBay at greatly discounted prices but did not ship the products.
February 8, 2011 |
Irvin Gordon has put 2.9 million miles on his 1966 red Volvo, earning himself a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. He has crossed the country at least 45 times and rarely gets lost. Still, six years ago, he went out and bought himself a TomTom, not so much because he required navigational assistance but because he missed having someone to argue with. "I argue with her all the time. A lot of times I know better than she does what's the best route," boasts Gordon, 70, a retired science teacher from Long Island, N.Y., who started driving 100,000 miles a year after his divorce in 1996, just because he could.
September 26, 2010 |
This contemporary in Mount Olympus, designed for work and play, makes the most of its panoramic views from downtown Los Angeles to the ocean. The 1976 home, redone from the studs and updated with new appliances and amenities, is landscaped with succulents, pear trees, Mexican feather grass and other greenery to create a contemplative setting behind its gates. "My girlfriend and I were looking for something that had privacy, yet had a view," says Haralabos Voulgaris, a professional poker player and sports bettor who owns the home.
July 30, 2010 |
The California Cash for Appliances rebate program, which has lagged since launching three months ago, is expanding the list of eligible energy-efficient machines in an attempt to boost interest. Starting Thursday, customers who trade in their old electricity-guzzling machines for new eco-friendly ones can start applying for rebates of $50 for freezers, $100 for dishwashers, $100 to $750 for water heaters and $200 to $1,000 for heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.
April 21, 2010 |
The federal cash-for-clunkers program is so passe. Now the government is playing rebates-for-refrigerators and money-for-washing-machines. Last summer's federal program fueled vehicle sales and jump-started the sputtering auto industry by enticing customers to trade in their gas guzzlers. Now retailers are hoping for a similar boost from another government program that will offer rebates of up to $200 for energy-efficient appliances. Starting Thursday, which happens to be Earth Day, consumers will be able to vie for rebates on Energy Star-rated appliances: $200 for refrigerators, $100 for clothes washers and $50 for air conditioners.
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 |
Jittery from too much coffee, I go to work on the clothes dryer, seeking the source of an acrid smell. I didn't really notice the bad smell, but my wife, Posh, did, as did the younger daughter, Mini-Posh. In my experience, women have far superior tracking powers. My buddy Rhymer insists his wife can smell wildfires as far away as Tulsa. So there you go. Anyway, I've got the dryer apart. It's a decent dryer, a Sputnik -- one of the finest appliances ever produced by a breakaway Soviet republic.
HOME & GARDEN
August 1, 2009 |
Would you like a new kitchen at a fraction of the cost? How about bathroom fixtures, Energy Star appliances and solar panels -- for free? Some savvy Southern Californians have figured out how. An increasing number of entrepreneurs have persuaded companies such as bathroom fixture maker Kohler, appliance manufacturer Dacor and cabinet designer Bazzeo to provide free or discounted materials for newly built or remodeled homes. Nearly a dozen such houses have sprouted around Southern California.
July 11, 2009 |
Optimism among consumers, whose spending is crucial to an economic recovery, fell in July after four months of gains as nationwide unemployment approached 10%. The Reuters/University of Michigan preliminary index of consumer sentiment declined more than forecast, to 64.6 from 70.8 in June. Consumers in the survey said they were less likely to buy cars or appliances, suggesting that the recovery might be weaker than anticipated.