It’s a well-known principle of sales — don’t ask the customer if they want a product.
Ask them to choose between product A or product B.
Well, look at how some crafty salespeople are making this thinking pay off — literally — at the check-out counter.
(And the correct answer is, of course, “Harry Potter.”)
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Tagged Business, cash only, check-out counter, customer, finances, Harry Potter, Humor, life, Lord of the Rings, products, sales, sales principles, salespeople, survey, tips
If you’ve read The Sticky Egg this week, you know I’m playing the lotto again – ’cause the jackpot is huge — even though I know a big city chick like myself has little-to-no chance.
Some folks have supported my views; others wanted more evidence, which I am happy to provide below.
Exhibit A: The list of lottery winners over the past 12 months from my New York City neighborhood, courtesy of nylottery.org. (Hint: I live on the west side of Central Park…near the red balloon.)
That’s of any dollar amount, people. Encouraging, don’t you think?
Exhibit B: I played Mega Millions yesterday, even though it had a paltry $12 million jackpot. Didn’t win. Again.
(No one else did either…but still.)
Exhibit C: I have a ticket for tonight’s $235 million Powerball jackpot — the impetus for my renewed interest in the lottery. If there are any lottery officials reading this –
About time for some random winners in my ‘hood…don’t cha think?
Posted in Finances, Humor, Life, News, Travel
Tagged big city chick, Central Park, evidence, exhibit, finances, green initiative, Humor, jackpot, life, little-to-no chance, lottery officials, lotto, Mega Millions, New York City, news, nylottery.org, Powerball, Stickegg.com, Travel
There’s another big Powerball jackpot looming on Wednesday — $235 million — so I’ll be buying a ticket along with every other optimist out there.
Except I’m not so optimistic this time.
I’ve seen who wins the lottery, and it’s not people who live in Manhattan. The system maybe random, but let’s face it –
In this case ‘random’ appears to like small town stories. I’ve decided I need to take a train out of town and buy my ticket to have any kind of chance.
So, where should I go before Wednesday’s drawing? Remember –
We’re looking for local color that attracts GREEN.
Posted in Finances, Humor, Life, News, Travel
Tagged finances, green, Humor, jackpot, life, local color, lottery, lottery ticket, Manhattan, money, New York City, optimist, Powerball, random drawing, small town stories, small towns, train, Travel
Ripped from the headlines in jolly ol’ England…
Downton Abbey meets Occupy Wall Street!
Manchester resident Steph Pike was arrested for aggravated trespass while protesting outside a Barclays Bank.
Friends say she was conducting a peaceful protest as a member ‘UK Uncut,’ a grassroots group formed to highlight ‘corporate tax dodging’ and alternatives to the government’s spending cuts.
Police say she was arrested to preempt the aggravated trespass that was clearly being established.
While I’m sure her presence outside the window was aggravating to certain Barclays employees, any charges of trespass are trumped up at best.
Me? I’d charge her with a keen sense of humor, creativity and — I gotta say it…
Posted in Business, Comedy, Commentary, Finances, Humor, Life, News, Travel
Tagged aggravated trespass, Barclays Bank, corporate taxes, Downton Abbey, England, government spending, Manchester, Occupy Wall Street, peaceful protest, ripped from the headlines, UK Uncut
The rich pay fewer taxes, and celebrities get free clothes — just some of life’s many injustices.
But you would think — if you were one of those lucky celebs — you’d wear free clothing that was a) good-looking and b) looked good on you.
Case in point: Express has been giving away the same blue-and-red striped dress to a lot of young actresses in Hollywood. Take a look-see:
Now, with the exception of January Jones (who is many months pregnant right now), these are some of the skinniest women on the planet..and yet the broad, horizontal stripes make them appear short and wide and thick, which I doubt was the goal.
(Imagine what this dress would look like on someone of average size, height and weight. No, I take that back…don’t.)
I know it’s free, ladies, but that doesn’t mean you have to wear it. Your jobs all pay pretty well. Although you may have forgotten how, you can pay for your own clothing…just like the rich can pay more taxes.
(Well, it’s fun to think about anyway…isn’t it?)
Posted in Beauty, Celebrities, Commentary, Entertainment, Fashion, Finances, Humor, Life
Tagged Amanda Seyfried, beauty, celebrities, commentary, dresses, Emily Rossum, entertainment, Express stores, Express striped dress, Fashion, finances, free clothing for celebrities, horizontal striped dress, Humor, January Jones, life, Olivia Munn, rich people don't pay taxes, taxes, Zoe Saldana
I wasn’t the big winner in the Fancy Farm Picnic car raffle.
The chances were slim, I know. But anytime I enter a raffle or play the lottery, I seriously think I am going to win.
I’ve read the odds on the Mega Millions drawing. It’s some insane figure like 1 in 175,711,536. And yet, on the extremely rare occasions I buy a lottery ticket — or a raffle ticket for the Fancy Farm Picnic, where the odds are a wee bit better…
I really think I’m gonna win.
Does everyone who plays the lottery feel such certainty when they lay their money on the counter? They’re investing — and losing — funds on a more regular basis, so maybe not.
But when the lottery says “you can’t win if you don’t play”…
I expect to win.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Finances, Games, Humor, Life
Tagged big winner, commentary, entertainment, Fancy Farm Picnic, finances, games, Humor, life, lottery, lottery odds, lottery ticket, Mega Millions, money, raffle, raffle ticket, you can't win if you don't play, you gotta play to win
Have you spent the morning after the 4th perusing your friends’ vacation snaps online?
I know I have.
I stayed in Manhattan this year, but many folks left the city to find their bliss. The question is: how did they decide whether to drive or fly?
I found a nifty calculator on BeFrugal.com that helps you compare the cost and time of both modes of transportation, so you can make the best choice for every trip.
Just enter your starting and ending destinations, the length of your stay, even the estimated price of hotels along the way if you were to drive. The calculator will show you the relative cost of the trip by car and plane in dollars and hours.
It even tells you the carbon footprint for each — my, they’ve thought of everything!
Which is why I would like to propose my own travel calculator….which I believe simplifies things quite a bit. You only have to answer two questions.
- Who is paying for the trip? If the answer is “me,” proceed to TRAIN or BUS. If the answer is “someone else,” proceed to PLANE.
- How long will it take to drive? IF the answer is under 2 hours, proceed to TRAIN. If the answer is more than 2 hours, proceed to PLANE.
I hope this has been helpful.
Posted in Airplanes, Automobiles, Cars, Commentary, Family, Finances, Green, Holiday, Humor, Life, transportation, Travel, Vacation
Tagged airplanes, automobiles, BeFrugal.com, carbon footprint, cars, commentary, family, finances, Fourth of July, green, Holiday, hotel costs, Humor, life, summer, trains, Travel, travel calcualtor, vacation, vacation photos
We all have name brand products that we love.
I prefer Pepsi products to Coke. Jif Peanut Butter over Skippy. Cheetos to any ‘imitation’ cheese puff.
But would I willingly get a tattoo of a favorite brand logo if it meant a 20 percent discount for life?
But that is exactly what Ecko Unlimited is currently purposing to its brand faithful. And they appear to be perfectly seriously.
The popular line of t-shirts, denim, polos, and sneakers is offering a 20 percent life-time discount to anyone who gets a tattoo of the brand’s iconic rhino or shears on their person.
Sound like a deal?
Before you run out and invest in a new tramp stamp, do the math. If the Ecko Unlimited tee you are jonesin’ for retails at $30, the brand permanently decorating your backside only saves you $6.
They expect people to turn themselves into a billboard for that? Sorry, Ecko — personal real estate carries a far heftier price.
Posted in Advertising, Business, Commentary, Design, Finances, Humor, Life, Shopping
Tagged advertising, billboard, brand loyalty, brands, Business, Cheetos, Coke, commentary, discounts, Fashion, Humor, jeans, Jif, life, marketing, Pepsi, product brands, product tattoos, shears, shino, shopping, Skippy, sneakers, t-shirts, tats, tattoos, tees, tramp stamp
Say it isn’t Sbarro.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the pizza chain may file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as early as next week. They are seeking something called ‘debtor-in-possession’ financing from a group of hedge funds to keep the stores open and operating while in bankruptcy.
I for one hope they find the sauce they need.
It’s not that Sbarro is my favorite restaurant. The pizza biz in New York City is crowded and highly competitive; you can find a better pie at several places in my neighborhood alone.
But Sbarro is the slice I associate with Times Square.
Long before I lived in Manhattan, my trips into the city were for one thing and one thing only: theatre. We would jam two or more plays into a day, if the show times allowed.
And when you’re running from venue to venue, grabbing a slice at Sbarro was quick and cheap and satisfying. I’m sure it still is for the legion of tourists who overwhelm the theatre district every single day (except maybe Mondays).
Call me nostalgic, but I can’t imagine Broadway without Sbarro. Let’s find the bucks, people, and help them keep their slice of the Great White Way.
Posted in Broadway, Business, Commentary, Entertainment, Finances, Food, Foods, Humor, Life, Restaurants, Travel
Tagged bankruptcy, Broadway, Broadway show, Business, Chapter 11 bankruptcy, commentary, entertainment, food, Foods, Great White Way, Humor, life, Manhattan, New York City, pizza, pizza biz, pizza chain, pizza pie, pizza sauce, pizza slice, Sbarro, theatre, Theatre District, Times Square, tourists, Travel
I’m going to be rich.
David Letterman gave me the idea last night on his show.
Joaquin Phoenix returned to the program to apologize for the whacked out behavior he exhibited on his last appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” in 2009.
Back then, Phoenix showed up in a bushy beard, sunglasses and a near-catatonic state. Dave initially tried to make conversation, but then just hurled zingers at Phoenix’s expense.
My favorite? “Sorry you couldn’t be here tonight, Joaquin.” Classic.
Dave didn’t know at the time that it was all an act for the documentary Phoenix and Casey Affleck were shooting, I’m Still Here, which is in theaters now.
Apparently five minutes of the TV interview with Dave is included in the documentary…without the “Late Show’s” permission. Letterman brought up the slight last night…and asked for a cool $1 million dollars in payment.
If possible, Phoenix looked even more uncomfortable than last time.
So, now my retirement plans are set. Find a movie, TV or documentary set. Get on tape without permission. Sue the production. Retire to Bermuda.
It just might work.
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Tagged Business, Casey Affleck, Casey Affleck documentary, celebrities, commentary, Dave Letterman, David Letterman, David Letterman lawsuit, entertainment, finances, Humor, I'm Still Here movie, Joaquin Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix apology, Joaquin Phoenix documentary, Late Show with David Letterman, Movies, retirement plans, Television, TV