NEW YORK (Reuters) – As superstore pricing mysteries go, it’s not the equivalent of “The Da Vinci Code,” but there’s still something deliciously elusive about the so-called “Costco Code” that has set the tongues of shopping mavens wagging for the past several months.
At least the plot line is direct enough: If you can interpret what the various sequences of digits and asterisks mean on Costco Wholesale Club price signs, you’re on your way to scoring serious bargains.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – As a Brooklyn-based architect, James Schaefer works on properties with some very high-end patios – think in the $100,000 range – which, of course, gets him thinking about his own. His own scale is a little lower, about “$25,000 to get a start at it,” Schaefer says.
For that, his 19 x 35 ft. (5.8 meter x 10.7 meter) outdoor space in Park Slope will get pretty souped up. “We will definitely put in a grill, piped-in natural gas and it would be fun to put a bocce lane in there,” he says. “We’d like a nice table, some lighting and we’d plant a tree, but since we don’t have lots of space, it might be something smaller like a Japanese maple.”
CHICAGO (Reuters) – As an Amazon Prime customer since December 2012, Michelle Huffman of Milwaukee has gladly paid the annual $79 fee for the perk of free two-day shipping on items ranging from tea and cookbooks to DVDs and Nestle Smarties (milk chocolate buttons imported from Germany).
But if Amazon.com Inc raises its annual Prime rates by between $20 and $40, as the e-commerce giant hinted it might during a quarterly earnings conference call in January, Huffman will rethink her decision.
CHICAGO (Reuters) – You cannot put a price on love, but you can certainly attach a financial number to a suitor.
Jennifer Murtoff, 39, wants to do just that before she accepts her next date. The Chicago freelance editor who helps city people raise fowl in their backyards is asking a question she hopes will help her weed out the losers: “What is your credit score?”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – More than 2,200 miles separate New York City architect Alfredo Munoz from his personal assistant, Karen Cohen, who is based in Panama.
They’ve never so much as shaken hands, and yet he trusts her with everything: his credit card numbers, his worldwide travel, his research. She schedules his business appointments in Spain, India and the U.S. She also buys flowers for his family and friends. (She has even screened a few online dates for him, too).