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Seven Signs That You Are Being Lied To


Would you know if someone was lying to you? Most of us like to think we would but every once in awhile we have to admit to ourselves that someone has pulled the wool over our eyes.

Private US Group Plans Mars Fly-by
in 2018

Plans are underway for the first manned mission to Mars -- just five years from now. The privately financed fly-by in 2018 would take a man and a woman -- both Americans -- on a modified existing U.S. spacecraft to within 160 kilometers of the surface of the Red Planet, and return them safely to Earth.

Spanish Is Not Only a Language ...

Spanish is not only a language, it is the heart of a culture, religion and history, and a communication tool shared by nearly 500 million people in 21 countries.

Mahjong Mysteries - Ancient Athena on Nintendo 3DS™ eShop Released launched Mahjong Mysteries – Ancient Athena on Nintendo’s eShop service. Accompany the famous adventurer David on his most mysterious mission yet - the one that will change everything!

AC/DC Now on iTunes

Complete Catalog Available Digitally for the First Time; All Tracks Mastered for iTunes

Columbia Records and Apple® announced that AC/DC’s entire catalog is now available digitally for the first time exclusively on the iTunes Store® worldwide ( From their 1976 debut High Voltage to seminal classic Back In Black and 2008 smash hit Black Ice, every one of AC/DC’s 16 studio albums, along with four live albums and three compilation albums, are available for the first time ever on the iTunes Store.

TV and the Internet: A Marriage
Made in Entertainment Heaven

If you have bought a new television lately, the chances are it is a lot smarter than your old one. Smart TVs, also known as connected or hybrid televisions, featuring integrated internet connectivity, currently account for around a third of TV sales in Europe. They are the end point in a huge and rapidly expanding value chain driven by the intensifying convergence of television and the internet.


Haggling for a better deal

Bargaining for a Better Deal

Consumer Reports’ Survey: Nine of 10 Americans
Who Haggled Saved Money

But, more than one-third of Americans refused to bargain for better deals on products and services; Plus, six savvy haggling tips

Consumers who don’t haggle are leaving money on the table. A new nationally representative survey of 2,000 Americans by Consumer Reports found that just 48 percent of shoppers tried bargaining for a better deal on everyday goods and services during the past three years, down from 61 percent in 2007. And most of those who bothered to negotiate received a discount at least once during that period.

“Don’t expect your doctor, bank, or local appliance store to cut you a break simply because you have a nice face and smile. It takes moxie and self-confidence,” said Tod Marks, senior projects editor at Consumer Reports. “Having the guts to ask for a discount can result in hundreds of dollars in savings.”

When it comes to haggling, nothing is off limits. But those who don’t take the risk, lose. In Consumer Reports’ survey, 35 percent of respondents said they won’t bargain, period. Men are more likely to haggle than women – 20 percent of women said that it makes them uncomfortable. But both genders were equally successful when they tried. Younger consumers, those 18 to 29, tend to enjoy the practice more than those over 60, who were particularly turned off by it.

Shoppers achieved the highest success haggling over the price of collectibles or antiques, furniture, and appliances according to Consumer Reports’ survey. Schmoozing with a salesperson was the favorite tactic for haggling over collectibles and antiques, where those who negotiated saved $100 on average. Those who haggled over furniture and questioned a health-related charge saved an average of $300; those who bargained on washers, dryers, refrigerators, and the like, saved $200, on average.

Consumer Reports also found that those who were successful at challenging the cost of a cell-phone plan averaged savings of $80.

Six Haggling Do’s

Savvy negotiators know that politeness, friendliness, and a smile are harder to resist than tough talk. Consumer Reports has compiled the following tips to get to yes:

1.- Give sellers a reason to negotiate. Loyal customers should remind their merchant or service provider of their repeated business. Offering discounts on products or services is small price to pay to keep customers coming back.

2.- Ask open-ended questions. Retailers are more likely to turn down a customer who asks questions that can be answered with a simple yes or no. Instead of asking for a specific dollar-amount or percentage off an item, ask what they are willing to offer as a discount.

3.- Decide on a fair price. Research the cost of any product before buying. Print out or take screen shots of website pages or written quotes from competitors. Fifty-seven percent of survey respondents told the salesperson they’d check competitors’ prices. Call the store to confirm that it will match a lower price. Ask about a refund of the difference if there’s a price-drop within a reasonable period of time. If a discount on the item is out of the question, ask for free shipping, delivery, or installation.

4.- Seek a discount for cash. Offering to pay with paper instead of plastic eliminates transaction fees sellers are required to pay to credit-card companies.

5.- Find flaws. Retailers are likely to offer discounts on products with cosmetic blemishes or slight defects such as clothing with snags, smudges or stains, and appliances or electronics with dings or scratches. It’s generally easier to negotiate such deals with independent stores than with chains and for private-label products than for big brands because sellers can’t return flawed products to their makers for credit.

6.- Be willing to walk away. It’s expensive for stores to attract new customers, so they’re often willing to work hard to retain their existing ones. But consumers who don’t think they’re getting a good deal should go elsewhere and try to negotiate a better bargain.

The full report on haggling is available in the August 2013 issue of Consumer Reports and online at

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