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How the Covid-19 Pandemic is Changing Fast Food

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By William Vargas

Covid-19 is the most catastrophic event the world has seen in decades; the fact that the disease is global means that people worldwide are having to adapt to and deal with a reality that has not existed for more than a hundred years. Businesses are no exception, especially restaurants and fast food chains in particular.

  • For health information, consult the CDC

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When is the Best Time to Buy? – Smart Shopping

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Smart Seasonal Shopping The Best Times to Buy - Save Money

As the 1960’s American folk rock song “Turn, Turn, Turn,” covered by the band The Byrds, reminded us: “To Everything There is a Season.” Originally written almost entirely from the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, the catchy hit song instills the principle that there is a time and place for everything.

Who knew that this truth also applies to shopping?!

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Restaurant Newsletters with Personalized Food Coupons

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Last Update: March 11, 2020

Every restaurant you visit wants you to sign up for their newsletter or text message offers.  When is it worthwhile?

We analyzed several large chains who send Restaurant Newsletters with Personalized Coupons.  You may want to subscribe to one or two favorites, but leave the rest for when you see a promotion listed in our App or website.

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How to get the Best Price on Apple Products

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How to get the Best Price on Apple Products

Apple sells billions of dollars of products. With this power, they wield incredible power in the selling channels. Apple products are often hard to find discount.  They are sold at what is known as minimum advertised price – (MAP) pricing aka Fixed retail prices. If they tell stores to sell the iPad for $299, all stores are forced to sell it at that price.

Some large online retailers negotiate special deals to offer discounts. The Federal Trade Commission oversees pricing and sets rules.  It allows prices to be displayed at non MAP prices when products are added to a shopping cart.  A shopping cart is not really advertising.

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How are they different? Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

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Last Update: December 2019

Voice AI Showdown: Google Assistant vs. Amazon Alexa

So, you have decided to enter the 21st century and make your home a smart home – with lights, doors, temperature, and music all controlled by voice commands. To make this happen, the first thing you’ll need is a smart assistant to control all your smart home devices. The question is, which one?

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

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Last Updated: 11/7/2019


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. Read the full post…

Christmas Holiday 2019 Shipping Deadlines

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Last Update: 11/13/2019

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 or extrapolated from the previous year - so you can just relax and enjoy your eggnog.

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Predictions for Black Friday 2019 – Cyber Monday 2019

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Last Update: September 30, 2019

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, they were more hype.

We will analyze the deals from Black Friday 2018 and Cyber Monday 2018 and produce our educated guess on Black Friday 2019 and Cyber Monday 2019 sale items.

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

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Last update: 12/21/2019


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.

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The Insider’s Guide to Cyber Monday 2019 Deals

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Last Update: 12/19/2019

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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