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Shiny Objects Found on Mars!

You can imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the SHINY OBJECTS found on Mars was not a copy of my new book, Shiny Objects: Why we spend money we don’t have in search of happiness we can’t buy. In … Continue reading

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Halloween Spending 2012: Talk About Scary!

If you’ve read my book, Shiny Objects, you know I can’t resist a good story on how much Americans spend on their pets – talk about scary. Halloween is just around the corner and it looks like spending on All … Continue reading

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Capuchin Commerce

This may all be just a bunch of monkey business, but Saturday’s Wall Street Journal (4-1-2012, C11) had a great article about the consumer behavior of monkeys (Capuchins to be more precise).1 Laurie Santos, a young scientist at Yale University, … Continue reading

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Food For Thought

Taco Bell, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, BK, Schlotzsky’s, Red Lobster, Chili’s, Panda Express, Olive Garden, Dairy Queen, Denny’s, KFC, and even Long John Silver’s, are all like members of the family to many of us. As Americans, we love to eat out. … Continue reading

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The Real St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

     Do you feel, like the graphic poster above suggests, that you must spend your hard-earned money on Valentine’s Day to show others how much you care? Apparently, many of us do. The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecasts that Americans … Continue reading

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Yahoo!’s “The Daily Ticker” Interview

Hello Everybody, Yesterday (December 19th) the Yahoo! Finace page ran one segment of an interview I taped while in NYC two weeks ago. Here’s the link to the interview: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/think-buying-holiday-season-material-possessions-won-t-140216925.html Merry Christmas to all!

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Consumers Gone Wild

     There is a particular section of my upcoming book, Shiny Objects, which exposes the crazy things we do as consumers. I refer to the short vignettes that appear throughout the book as “Consumers Gone Wild” (CGW). The opening CGW … Continue reading

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