Wal-Mart vs. Amazon [infographic]

June 27, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  2 Comments
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To be frank I am not a fan of Wal-Mart, it is an awful company. I have nothing against big business, but Wal-Mart is a monster. Being from Austin, TX I’m a little bias towards local business, the very thing Wal-Mart runs to the ground. The way they do business screws everyone involved, but Wal-Mart.

Amazon on the other hand is a company I respect. Much younger than Wal-Mart they have reached a number one ranking in both retail brand marketing and customer service. As a student I have taken advantage of the free premium membership, giving me free shipping on already cheap textbooks. It’s hard to believe that Amazon started out just selling books when you see the the enormous selection they have now.

They also offer video streaming, mp3 service, and have the kindle. Wal-Mart has yet to enter the internet in a big way and they will have to do something really big in order to be able to compete with Amazon. Even with their enormous growth Amazon continues to be about the customer, ensuring timely shipping of products and great customer support.[via]

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The Boston Bruins’ $156,679 Bar Tab [infographic]

June 24, 2011 |  by  |  Sports  |  1 Comment
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I would be amazed if I made over $150,000 a year, spending it in one night is unbelievable. After our last hockey filled infograhpic: Gretzky vs. Lemieux I thought I could give this year’s champions some limelight. I am willing to bet money not one member of the team went home sober that night. I hope that hundred-thousand-dollar Champaign was worth it.

Jagerbombs seemed to be one of the team’s most popular drinks, besides Bud Light of course. (I’d put money that Bud is a sponsor. Search their site for the Bud Light logo! http://bruins.nhl.com/)

Think about being on the lucky wait-staff for this group. Almost $25,000 in gratuity alone, I know that some waitress somewhere is way too happy. Also, after spending tens-of-thousands of dollars, the Bruins got the attention of the bar owner and was comped one bottle of Champaign. What bar was this at? Because I will never bring my world-championship winning team to this place for just one bottle of bubbly. [Via]

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America’s Composition [infographic]

June 23, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  4 Comments
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The United States prides itself on its cultural diversity. I certainly enjoy seeing many different faces and hearing different accents throughout my day.

It’s a little scary that 18,000 people are classified as “unknown.” I wonder if they are secret aliens? This infographic only shows numbers for people entering the country in 2008…so there could be millions of unknown people here by now!

Although today’s infographic may not have much information, I find it very engaging to see all the different backgrounds of people in the United States. It certainly blew my mind how many countries are represented in the United States by such strong numbers. [Via]

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Not Maid of Money [infographic]

June 22, 2011 |  by  |  Lifestyle  |  3 Comments
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This summer presented a perfect opportunity for me to see behind the curtain of a typical wedding (and laugh hysterically at what I saw) as the movie Bridesmaids opened and one of my good friends was maid of honor in a wedding. Art parodies life, as so often happens, and my friend basically was Kristen Wiig…without the loser boyfriend and the food poisoning. She spent, stressed, and visited many sketchy themed stores. Today’s infographic breaks down the expenses of a typical bridesmaid as well as issuing some sage advice for both Bridezillas and would-be bridesmaids.

According to the guesstimated figures of a typical wedding, $1,695 is the average expense born by the bridesmaid leading up to the wedding. I can’t even mock that. Further down, some ideas are given to help curb both cost and animosity. It seems reciprocal communication is a vital key to planning a wedding that neither bankrupts the wedding party nor strains relationships. [Via]

Infographic showing bridesmaids' costs

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The Forex Market Explained [infographic]

June 21, 2011 |  by  |  Business  |  No Comments
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Although the stock market gets all the publicity, trading currencies in the Forex market is a little different than trading a regular company’s stock.

The Forex market trades currency and trading goes on for 24 hours during 5.5 days-a-week. These hours of operation mean that the Forex market trades in 1 day what Wall St. trades in a month. Right now the US dollar is not as strong as it used to be. How stable the country is and how well tourism is going are some deciding factors for the value of a country’s currency. Obviously because of a bad recession our dollar value isn’t looking too good.

The Forex market can be a bit simpler than Wall St because of a limited number of popularly traded currencies. That, combined with commission free trading, creates a unique, one-of-a-kind exchange experience. Forex infographic “Forex. Explained.” by CMS Forex

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