Thursday, October 21, 2010

Book Depository ships free of charge

The BookDepository

Why didn't I find this service before I ordered a whole heap of books from Amazon?

November 14: So far, I have bought two titles from the Book Depository, and have found that books arrive more quickly than they do from Amazon. Although I haven't worked out my savings, I estimate I would pay at least $10 more per book if I made my purchases through a local bookshop.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Currency exchange service

Currency exchange. 45% referral  commission.

I'm going to use this to transfer money from Alertpay to PayPal. As far as I can see, you can't buy anything useful with Alertpay funds.

Foreign ownership issue still to fore

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 18, 2010. The gent with the specs in the corner is Paul Henry, the TVNZ Breakfast show co-host who lost his job over racist remarks he made about Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand. See my other blog at for further information about Henry.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My PayBox balance soars

I have just checked my account at PayBox, and found that I have a balance of $669.53. As I haven't put any real money into this account, I wonder whether I will ever be able to use my balance to buy anything. I would, however, recommend that you sign up for this new payment processor. After all, what do you have to lose?

No escape from debt

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of October 15, 2010.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Banks have it all their own way

Prime Minister John Key has expressed concern at the prospect of New Zealanders becoming "tenants in their own land". It's a concern that is shared by most New Zealanders, although many overlook the fact that all the big trading banks, including the Bank of New Zealand, are Australian-owned.

Cartoon from the Manawatu Standard of September 29, 2010.

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