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Should I Switch? AT&T Unlimited Data vs Mobile Share Plan

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Updated: 1/13/2017

Last updated January 2017 to reflect price incrase.

AT&T Wireless raised the price on grandfathered Unlimited data plans by $5 in December, 2015 from $30 to $35.  And by another $5 from $35 to $40 in March 2017. What do you think they will do in March 2018?

2 Year plans ended January 8, 2016.

AT&T Wireless rolled out a new Mobile Share Advantage Plan on August 22, 2016 with lower data costs but higher per device fees.  Our analysis below has been updated to reflect this.

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7 Dumb Star Wars Toys

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Star Wars The Force Awakens must be one of the most hyped movie. Disney paid Billions to acquire the franchise, so they have done their best to generate a ton of merchandise licensing fees. When you look at these, you will wonder what the heck they are and who in the galaxy would buy them..

Here are some of the most far fetched Star Wars Toys and merchandise we could find:

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The Best Store Return Policy and Refund Policies – Holiday Extended Returns

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Last Updated: 12/28/2016

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Stores Hate Returns

Let's face it, any store wants you to keep what you buy and never return it.  Returns are costly to process, restock, and ship. Consumers need the option of returning an item, or else they would purchase far less products.

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Christmas Holiday 2016 Shipping Deadlines

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Last Update: 12/1/2016

Back in the day, when all gifts had to be bought in stores, retailers would helpfully remind us how many “shopping days” there were left before Christmas - not counting the Sundays, and often Saturdays, when stores were closed. Now, in the age of the Internet, every day can be a shopping day, and store hours are any time we’re awake.

However, that doesn’t mean you can just put off all your shopping until the last minute. Because the snag with doing your Christmas shopping online is, you have to factor in delivery time to be sure your gift will arrive before Santa takes off for the year. So instead of counting shopping days until Christmas, you have to count shipping days.

Fortunately, BuyVia has taken the work out of counting for you. We’ve checked websites for all the major stores to see how long their expected delivery times are for regular shipping, express shipping, and free shipping. If a store doesn’t have this information on the Web, or the information is conflicting, we’ve called customer service to get the scoop - so you can just relax and enjoy your eggnog.

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The Problems with Social Media & Shopping in 2016

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This past summer you may have noticed a button popping up on your Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest feeds next to products inviting you to “Shop Now” or “Buy.” As retailers integrate e-commerce with the social media experience, viewers are now encouraged to do more than just gawk over the latest gadgets.

 

While it’s definitely a convenient way to boost sales, is shopping on social media good for customers?

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What Not to Buy on Black Friday 2016

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11/8/2016

Black Friday is the most hyped-up shopping day of the year. It becomes a strategic battle to find the best deals: ads are leaked almost a month beforehand, shoppers line up Thanksgiving afternoon, and people stampede to get the big ticket items.

Though it may seem that everything you buy on Black Friday is a great deal, that’s actually not the case. Lots of sites lure shoppers in with deep discounts and then sell products that don’t give you the most bang for your buck.

In the spirit of being an informed shopper, here are 6 items you should NOT buy on Black Friday:

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The Insider’s Guide to Cyber Monday 2016 Deals

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Cyber-Monday

The best time of the year to purchase many items is approaching rapidly. The holiday shopping season starts off at Thanksgiving and continues to Christmas. Between those two holidays, you will find two major shopping days, Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

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The Insider’s Shopping Guide to Black Friday Deals and Sales

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Last update: 11/7/2016

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Ahh, Black Friday...that delirious, manic shopping frenzy the day after Thanksgiving, and now the entire week! Black Friday marks the kickoff of the holiday buying season and retailers offer deep discounts to coax our credit cards from our wallets and purses.

Be sure to look at our Black Friday Ad Scans and Deals Page

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The Truth about Black Friday Sales

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The truth about Black Friday? Black Friday has morphed into Black November, and retailers - both traditional and online, begin running their Black Friday deals on November 1st. That’s right - as soon as you finally hit the bed after a fright filled night of collecting candy from your neighbors, retailers are gearing up to relieve you of your holiday shopping budgets.

Be sure to look at our Black Friday Ad Scans and Deals Page

Questioning Black Friday

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Predictions for Black Friday – Cyber Monday 2016

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Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is traditionally the biggest sales day of the year for retailers. Starting in 2015, stores decided to jump the traditions and start sales earlier in the MONTH! Realistically, these sales were not as good as the main event.

We will analyze the deals from Black Friday 2015 and Cyber Monday 2015 and produce our educated guess on Black Friday 2016 and Cyber Monday 2016 sale items.

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