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Feb 6, 2014

The thorny issue of Valentine’s Day rose pricing

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – If anyone knows a thing or two about buying roses, it’s John Sullivan, a man who’s given his wife Sally roses on every Valentine’s Day for more than 40 years.

Sullivan, 68, a buyer’s real estate agent from Cheverly, Maryland, tackles the annual price run-up by getting his blooms at the warehouse store Costco, where he says it costs him about $25 for a dozen.

Feb 6, 2014

As outbreaks hit cruises, are deals worth risking illness?

(The author is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – With news of two big ships cutting short their journeys last week because so many passengers got sick, the idea of booking a vacation on a cruise ship might be looking risky.

But the thought of missing out on a great deal might also make you queasy. The prices of current offers are lower than usual for the industry’s so-called wave season, when cruises are heavily marketed. You can even grab fares well under $150 per person on cruises that typically cost more than double that price.

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Jan 23, 2014

What Target knows about you

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – Among the millions of consumers who received recent emails from Target Corp apologizing that their personal data might have been accessed by cyber thieves are those who wonder exactly how they got on the list in the first place.

If you didn’t give Target your email address, how did they know it?

Target is renowned in the retail world for its data collection and analysis, grabbing bits and pieces wherever it can – from your store purchases to visits to its website to surveys you’ve taken to things you’ve posted on Facebook. It all goes into Target’s customer relationship management database for analysis.

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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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