August 28, 2013 |
Heesook recently noticed something that you may have noticed as well. Sometimes when she buys a discounted item, she's charged sales tax at the undiscounted price. Sometimes she isn't. Her question: What's going on? I'm asked this a lot, often by people who have paid full freight on their sales tax after buying a deeply discounted smartphone. Sales taxes are tricky, and they can vary from state to state. But generally speaking, if the discount is offered by a retailer, you'll pay a lower tax. If it's offered by a manufacturer, you'll pay a higher tax. For more, check out today's Ask Laz video.
August 23, 2013 |
Argentina's long slugfest with Wall Street over its sovereign debt default - the largest ever - has left the South American nation unbowed after losing another round in U.S. courts. A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Argentina must pay a group of bond investors more than $1.3 billion, the full amount of principal and interest, if it wants to continue making discounted payments that other creditors have agreed to accept. Argentina has publicly vowed to never pay face value on those notes, so the unanimous decision by the three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals could force a default on the country's other debts.
August 20, 2013 |
They're sending summer out with a sophisticated bang at Westin Resort & Spa Los Cabos, which is in the middle of a mango madness celebration honoring one of Mexico's most beloved fruits. The resort is offering specials and introducing new drinks and other menu items through the end of the month in conjunction with its Mango Festival. There are a thousand types of mangoes; the Criollo variety that is grown in Baja, Mexico, near Los Cabos thrives through the end of August.
August 11, 2013 |
Get ready for the takeoff of another super-cheap airline offering ultra-low fares with loads of passenger fees. Industry insiders say the new super-discount airline may soon be launched with the help of Indigo Partners, the Phoenix-based private equity firm that invested in Florida-based Spirit Airlines in 2006 and helped persuade its chief executive, Ben Baldanza, to adopt dirt-cheap fares and abundant fees. Indigo is reportedly negotiating to buy Denver-based Frontier Airlines from its parent company, Republic Airways Holdings.
August 8, 2013 |
The family-friendly fun at Adventuredome at Circus Circus will be more affordable than usual as the indoor theme park celebrates its 20th anniversary later this month. Adventuredome , the 5-acre amusement park at Circus Circus that's enclosed in a giant dome of pink glass, welcomed its first guests Aug. 23, 1993, in Las Vegas . To mark the occasion, reduced-price admission will be offered Aug. 22-25. The best pricing will be available Aug. 22, on what is being called “Throwback Thursday.” For one day, visitors will pay 1993 admission prices: $12.95 for “premium” guests 48 inches or taller and $8.95 for “juniors” 33-48 inches tall.
July 28, 2013 |
How much control are you willing to surrender when booking your next boutique hotel stay? Name: Stayful.com What it does: This website sources deep discounts at independent and boutique hotels by using its own bidding system and access to hotel rooms that might go unsold. Hotel rooms in San Francisco and New York are currently available, with Los Angeles, Miami and Chicago up next. It has plans to expand to 15 cities by the end of the year. What's hot: Usually you don't get to see the name of the hotel when you're bidding on rooms.
July 25, 2013 |
"Good news - you've been accepted!" the letter says. "Get up to 75% off when you use these free cards at your favorite pharmacy!" Enclosed are two plastic cards from National Prescription Savings Network that include personal "member identification numbers" and the pledge that "you will not be turned down for a pre-existing condition. " The cards are "pre-activated and ready to use immediately," the letter says. "They entitle you - and every member of your family - to discounts on every FDA-approved prescription medication sold at pharmacies everywhere in the United States.
July 19, 2013 |
Tickets to next summer's World Cup in Brazil will cost approximately 10% more than tickets to the 2010 event in South Africa, officials from FIFA and Brazil's local organizing committee said Friday. International fans will have to pay as much as $990 for a seat at next July's final while the cheapest tickets for a group-play game will sell for $90. The announcement of ticket prices was supposed to be made last month but Brazil was rocked by massive public demonstrations during June's Confederations Cup tournament, a kind of dress rehearsal for the World Cup. In an apparent nod to the demonstrators, who were protesting the country's massive expenditures -- estimated at $13.4 billion -- on the World Cup rather than on healthcare, education and other public service, a special ticket category for Brazilians was established.
July 13, 2013 |
Electric car owners can get special discounts from utilities to charge their vehicles at home, but the amounts vary widely among power companies, according to a new study of charging costs. The study by Northeast Group calculated that Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers pay 53 cents per gallon of gas equivalent to charge at home, 40 cents cheaper than the average cost of discount programs nationwide. Southern California Edison customers choose from one of two discounted rate plans, depending on their usage habits, costing $1.11 or $1.24 per gallon equivalent.
July 2, 2013 |
Apple's annual back-to-school promotion kicked off Tuesday with discounts on computers and gift cards for college students and K-12 educators purchasing Macs, iPhones and iPads. Qualifying customers purchasing a new Mac will receive a $100 gift card that can be used to purchase apps, music, movies, books and other content from Apple's digital stores. For iPhone and iPad purchases, qualifying customers will receive a $50 gift card that can be used in the same way. The tech giant is also offering qualified customers discounts on computers.