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Keep all your rewards cards in your iPhone

Membership and rewards cards stuffing my wallet have always been a problem for me. In the old days (before iPhone) you could help the problem by printing the bar codes on a single card and using that one card in the stores. Now as the smart phones have become so much more intelligent, there is an even more elegant solution.

Please enjoy CardStar, an iPhone application that lets you enter all your membership and rewards cards into your phone and display them at checkout when you need them! I don’t have an iPhone to try it but judging by the screen shots I already love this little app. I wish there was something similar in Android Marketplace so I could use it on my G1.

By the way, the app is currently free (regular price is $0.99).

News that caught my eye this week

Submit Walgreens rebates online

Finally 21st century arrives at Walgreen’s. Kacie from Sense to Save describes how you can submit Walgreen’s rebates online.

I just tried it out, and it was pretty easy. Go to Walgreens.com, click the EasySaver catalog button and click “claim rebates.” You’ll have to register for an account, but it doesn’t take much time.

You’ll enter a unique code from your receipt to show that you’ve purchased an item that generates a rebate.

It saves a stamp and saves an envelope. Gotta love that!

Submit Walgreens rebates online at Sense to Save

Amazon now offers personal checks as a payment option

I can’t believe anyone is shopping online using personal checks. If you are Amazon however that ‘nothing’ can mean millions in revenue that you don’t want to miss on. Amazon is embracing BillMeLater to reach to the check-writing community. The company was founded in 2000 and already offers services over 900 online retailers.

Amazon Now Offers IOUs Through Bill Me Later at Mashable

How retailers tune up marketing campaigns in economic slowdown

This is an interesting roundup from The Walls Street Journal about how different retailers change their marketing efforts in the economic slowdown. Walmart increases spendings to reinforce its discount image and expands $4 generic-prescription-drug program, BestBuy pitches its customers $999 no-interest financing, Costco increases lower end jewelry offerings (priced between $100 and $500), and Lowe’s bombards customers with “project starter” coupons. There are more interesting examples describing how different companies survive the slowdown.

Retailers Recalibrate Pitch To Strapped Consumers at WSJ

Cheap way to practice foreign languages and learn cultures

It looks like Second Life is becoming enough main stream for some colleges to embrace the online community for educational purposes.

Around the world, universities, and even the US Department of State, are turning to online virtual worlds to create cultural exchanges. In these immersive, 3-D environments, users from around the globe can collaborate in ways that were previously impossible.

The online world is creating some interesting opportunities for companies to make money and for students to save on education. This proves what I always believed in - build a powerful platform and your users will find numerous creative ways how to use it.

Study abroad through Second Life at The Christian Science Monitor

Use iPhone to save on gas

Craig Rubens at Earch2Tech rounds up several applications for iPhone that will help you save on gas. The software is sold at iTunes store and goes from $1.99 to free. All these apps in essence offer a cool way to track your car fuel efficiency based on gas fill-ups and mileage data that you will need to enter by hand, nothing you could not do with a notepad and a calculator.

5 iPhone Apps to Help Save Gas at Earth2Tech

The cheaper 3G iPhone actually costs more!

$399 - $199 = -$160

iphone 2g iphone 3g

This is a perfect example of how marketing works magics with numbers. You probably heard that Apple is releasing a new version of their popular phone. The support for 3G and built in GPS are the major upgrades. The cool part is that the phone will cost you $200 less, if you trust the PR nerds from Apple.

Don’t get fooled by this marketing trick. If you calculate the true cost to own of 3G and 2G iPhone, you will find that the “cheaper” new version will end up being $160 more expensive over the period of 2 year contract, now mandatory with the phone purchase. This of course doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy one. ;-)

Source: iPhone 3G’s True Price Compared at Gizmodo (via Digg)




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