If you are like most people this time of year, your inbox and mailbox are overflowing with proclamations of great deals and special prices on everything from the latest child’s toy to the largest plasma, smart TV. Many people plan their entire day after Thanksgiving on what time the malls open and the optimal time for catching the best deals. Reporting on the most recent Black Friday reports, a national news reporter stated the reason for a down turn in sales was that starting the holiday buying season earlier and earlier has resulted in softer than expected sales. Duh! It does not take a Nobel scholar to determine that if you have a certain number of people buying a certain number of gifts with a certain number of dollars and you lengthen the time they have to get these gifts, sales in a given time frame will be less. Right?
One of my favorite kinds of television shows are news programs and/or investigative journalism pieces. If you learn something new every day, it has been a successful day, in my opinion, and these shows, for the most part, are well researched, well directed and overall present credible information. Occasionally, they do miss the mark, however, and we need people knowledgeable in those particular fields to set us straight as to the misinformation. One such event happened the other day as I was watching one of the investigators on a local news station talk about how some companies promise to speed up your PC in minutes over the Internet without no worry or inconvenience to you.