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Mouse Print* -- Mercedes Promotes New Automatic Valet Parking Feature, But...
Imagine pulling up to a fancy restaurant, getting out of your car, and the car will find its way to the parking garage on its own. That's the new feature that Mercedes is advertising in a funny commercial. But, there is a big but at the end of it.
That is our Mouse Print* story this week.
The 10 Hottest Zip Codes for Residential Real Estate
Realtor.com just released its annual report on the hottest housing markets in the United States. Listed by zip code, these towns have real estate that sells in less than 10 days (and most in five days or less). And a ton of people look at the home listings in these areas. Topping the list this year is 80916 - East Colorado Springs, CO - where homes were snapped up after being on the market for only four days. See the full list.
An Australian woman was strolling down the spice aisle in her local supermarket when a 10 foot python slithered out above a row of jars. As luck would have it, the shopper was a trained snake handler so she was more startled than scared.
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Micro Center (computer stores) in 16 states is offering an unbelievable deal for new customers only (and you may not simply use a different email address possibly). They are offering an Inland 240-gig solid state hard drive (SSD) for free. You have to sign up for a coupon that can be redeemed in-store only. Some locations are already out of the drive. Coupon must be redeemed by September 4 according to some shoppers.
Free Wine After Rebate
Until September 30, if you live in certain states and buy any Barefoot wine product, you can get an online rebate (via PayPal, Venmo, or e-check) for up to $9.99. If you shop around, you can get a 1.5 liter bottle of Barefoot wine for that price. Offer void in: AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MI, MS, MO, NH, NJ, NC, OH, PA, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV.
Consumers Use Mass Arbitration Against Big Companies
Companies thought they put one over on customers when they included mandatory arbitration clauses in their contracts and terms of conditions as the only means to resolve disputes. Now lawyers for aggrieved consumers are fighting back with mass filings of arbitration cases that the company typically has to pay for.
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