Category Archives: Economic Issues

Salary You Need To Buy A House In These 12 Major US Cities


Libby Kane at the Business Insider gives a break down on how much you need to earn if you want to buy a house in 12 major U.S. cities. According the BI report, you could get into a house in Detroit with an income of $32,500 per year. At the high-end, you would need to bring in $137,000 a year to get into the median priced house in San Francisco.

This article is a follow-up to the report that teachers can’t afford homes in San Francisco. The typical teacher in San Francisco can afford a home costing as much as $220,000 but property at that price just isn’t a reality in The City.




Disneyland Prices Go Up

Disney has announced that they are raising their admission prices again this year and hopefully the good take from this would be the view that there must be some good things going on in the economy for Disney to feel comfortable in a price increase. And they have reasons for being optimistic, their attendance is up to the point that they are suspending sales of new SoCal season passes, so there will be room for other visitors who are showing up in big numbers. Sales of other season passes including the no black out  Premium  which costs $699 a year may be also be suspended in the future. Now a one day ticket for, one park for, anyone over the age of 10 will be $96. Disney says that with all you get during a day at Disneyland or California Adventure, the price of admission is good value for your dollar.

I remember being shocked many years ago in Florida, arriving at the ticket window at Disney World and finding out a ticket was $49. Disney knows its business, however for a family of four to just get into the park would cost $384 with parking, food and maybe a small, very small, souvenir your day out will top $500 with ease. Kind of puts a lot of pressure on you to make sure you enjoy your time at the Happiest Place on Earth.

I enjoy theme parks. I belong to American Coaster Enthusiast and ride a lot of coasters. But definitely not as much as I used to.


The Mad Men Era: Cost Of Living Then And Now

The website has a breakdown for the cost of living in 1969, the setting for the popular AMC series MAD MEN and now. In the final season of the show some of the characters are thinking about moving to the West Coast, thus the interest for the Realtor site to look at relocation possibilities.

Something to Think About.

Businesses Held Hostage By Internet Blackmailers

The power of the internet in this, the Information Age, is being used and abused. A couple of stories points out problems that have people searching for solutions while too many of us don’t have a clue about what is going on. This report in THE TELEGRAPH is about the abuse of the website TripAdvisor by what some business owners are calling blackmailers. The blackmailers demand special treatment at hotels and restaurants by threatening to post bad reviews on TripAdvisor.

A sane person who has read reviews from the great unwashed masses for anything from hotels, restaurants, books, you name it, knows that it is dangerous to listen to people you don’t know, talking about things they may or may not know anything about. Or, they may actually have an agenda to boost or tear down something. That leads us to democracy for the stupid, in the words of Alex Proud writing in THE TELEGRAPH about the death of the professional critic at the hands of amateurs who usually seem like an angry mob.

The aggrieved aren’t taking it without a fight however. And it becomes a fight over free speech for some. There is this situation reported on by NATIONAL JOURNAL, that is spiraling out of control over a negative review on Amazon. An unhappy customer posted a negative review of a router he had purchased and wasn’t happy with. That company has threatened to sue the man who posted the review. Now Amazon has revoked the company’s seller account. The company, Mediabridge, is now unable to sell on Amazon which means there will likely be people losing their jobs.

The power of the internet is out of control.

The 13 Worst Supermarkets In America, The Survey Says…

The Fiscal Times story on the survey from Consumer Reports  for the worst supermarkets in America for 2014. If you were to really think about it and were in charge of a supermarket, what changes would you make to improve the shopping experience for your customers? Of course taking into consideration all aspects including the bottom line.

Spoiler Alert

Wal-Mart, the largest supermarket in the country landed at the bottom of the list.